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For almost two decades JOANNE MORRA has sung jazz, blues, and funk across Toronto and the GTA, and has crooned to audiences everywhere from high toned establishments to gritty late night clubs and street festivals. The Toronto songstress released her debut album “Alouette” in 2017, a deeply personal collection of classics ranging from Québécois rock to jazz standards, blues, and German cabaret. The album, self-produced with Eric St-Laurent, features original compositions, as well as surprising renditions of French folk songs such as “Au chant de l’Alouette” and “Un Canadien errant”.

Morra studied at various workshops at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, and Shelley Berger Music School, as well as under Howard Rees, Paul Cooper, Whitney Smith, Tom Schilling, and Bonnie Brett. She has performed at a wide range of venues including The Spadina Theatre, The Liberty Grand, The Reservoir Lounge, 120 Diner, Relish Bar & Grill, Coquine Restaurant, The Winchester, The Silver Dollar, Gate 403, The Local Gest, The Spoke Club, The Sister, The Scarborough Golf and Country Club, The McMichael Gallery, The Gardiner Museum, and Heliconian Hall. She was also on the roster for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Club Series, in 2015 and 2016, and has rocked many clubs and festivals with her electrifying funk stylings as former leader of The Ambassadors.

“A chanteuse of the first order, Morra caresses originals and standards in both official languages with a silky ease that’s just made for a dimly lit jazz club.” (Chris Young, The Toronto Star)

“Joanne Morra wears many hats, and she really wears them well…this album (Alouette) shows her unwillingness to be pegged as just a jazz singer…” (Errol Nazareth, CBC ‘Big City Small World’)

This evening’s stellar JOANNE MORRA TRIO features ERIC ST-LAURENT on guitar and RACHEL MELAS on bass, entertaining in the up-close-and-personal ambience of The Home Smith Bar.