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I'm an Oakland jazz salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to my itinerant childhood. Since 2004 I've done more than a dozen studio recordings for my own & other bands. In 2010, I sang on the Grammy-nominated Bien! Bien! In 2011, I made a fan-funded CD, and in 2012 my singing/songwriting was on Pacific Mambo Orchestra's debut CD. In 2013, we won a Grammy!

We are the CHAMPIONS! Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins the GRAMMY!!!!

We are the CHAMPIONS! Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins the GRAMMY!!!!

I’m finally getting around to writing this: Pacific Mambo Orchestra has won the Grammy for Tropical Latin Album, beating out Marc Anthony, Carlos Vives, Los Angeles Azules and Sergio George. Steffen Kuehn and Christian Tumalan, our bandleaders, were at the Grammy pre-telecast to accept the award, while most of the...
My new book, Practice Secrets of the Pros, is now available on Amazon!

My new book, Practice Secrets of the Pros, is now available on Amazon!

Now available on Amazon! Practice Secrets of the Pros: Motivation, Method and Memory for Musicians… and Other Athletes by Alexa Weber Morales Kindle edition In 2010, Grammy-nominated latin jazz singer-songwriter Alexa Weber Morales began a quest for pragmatic, inspiring advice about musical mastery. She interviewed experts, researched the techniques of...
We did it! So how the heck did PMO go from zero to Grammy-nominated in 3 years?!

We did it! So how the heck did PMO go from zero to Grammy-nominated in 3 years?!

I was taking a break from a private jazz gig at the De Young Museum in San Francisco when the text messages began flowing. I couldn’t help whooping with pleasure, even though I was standing in an art gallery being watched by a guard. Pacific Mambo Orchestra had done it:...
PMO comes to SFJAZZ June 15, 2013 8 pm

PMO comes to SFJAZZ June 15, 2013 8 pm

“Alexa Weber Morales brings sensually soaring vocals to the mix.” ~SFJAZZ With special guests Ray Obiedo and Tommy Igoe of the Tommy Igoe Big Band and NYC Birdland fame! June 15, 2013, shows at 8 and 10 pm, Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Tickets: 8 pm $35/seated $25/GA dance floor 10 pm...
Exciting line-up for our upcoming KCSM Jazz on the Hill gig!

Exciting line-up for our upcoming KCSM Jazz on the Hill gig!

Free! June 1, College of San Mateo… Look for me singing with Pacific Mambo Orchestra, the Bay Area’s next-generation big-band salsa sensation! 10a: Northgate High School Jazz BAND Northgate High School’s award-winning jazz band hails from Walnut Creek and has been recognized with numerous Command Performance awards, Unanimous Superior festival...
Photos from Bake's Place concert in Seattle

Photos from Bake’s Place concert in Seattle

Vince Mansel and I had an amazing time in Seattle. After I’d spent a day working on writing business and sight-seeing in balmy weather, Vince texted me the morning of the gig to tell me he’d missed his flight, but was sure he’d catch the next one and be at...
Into the Stratosphere OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO starring... my feet!

Into the Stratosphere OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO starring… my feet!

Now available on iTunes, Bandcamp, CDBaby and more! http://www.alexajazz.com http://alexawebermorales.bandcamp.com/track/into-the-stratosphere Into the Stratosphere Lyrics and Music by Alexa Weber Morales © 1999 (BMI) from I Wanna Work For You, Crazy Monkey Productions (2011) All vocals: Alexa Weber Morales Arrangement, acoustic bass: Sam Bevan Timbales, drumset: Colin Douglas Congas: Carlos Caro...
San Jose Jazz Fest Concert Photos

San Jose Jazz Fest Concert Photos

Here are some great pictures from the San Jose Jazz Festival of my gigs with Pacific Mambo Orchestra on Friday and my own band on Saturday.   Love these two by Tom Ehrlich! Photo by Francis DeLeon:  
Back from Oakland Feather River Camp!

Back from Oakland Feather River Camp!

It’s hard to stay inside after a week of living outdoors, swimming in creeks and mountain lakes, making music and dancing, reading, hiking, socializing and, before bed, seeing the Milky Way snaking across the star-spattered sky. That’s my life at Oakland Feather River Camp, where I’ve taught the music program...
Alexa Weber Morales Addresses 'All these rumors that I'm a musician'

Alexa Weber Morales Addresses ‘All these rumors that I’m a musician’

Oakland, CA. Alexa Weber Morales has built a career singing quirky songs about economic and romantic instability. Tunes like “I Wanna Work For You,” “But I’m Weak” and “Catastrofe de Amor” have led to rampant speculation about her relationship status and credit worthiness. Today, she’s breaking the silence. “Oh, there’s...
The Names of the Winds - New Video

The Names of the Winds – New Video

I upgraded to Sibelius First 7 this week and have had a lot of fun learning its features, especially the ability to create video of your sheet music! I exported a video of the sheet music (which took me a few days to transcribe — I only had a lead...
Fantastic show footage & interview: I Wanna Work For You at Yoshi's Oakland

Fantastic show footage & interview: I Wanna Work For You at Yoshi’s Oakland

CD release and Kickstarter victory celebration at Yoshi’s Oakland on December 18, 2011. Thanks to Patrick Hickey for amazing photos included in this video, Yoshi’s Oakland for being such a fantastic venue, and Roberto Daza, Mark Oltmanns and Oakland North for stellar video coverage of this show. Arranger, associate producer:...
Pictures from Yoshi's by Patrick Hickey

Pictures from Yoshi’s by Patrick Hickey

These pictures by Patrick Hickey of our Kickstarter Victory Celebration and CD Release at Yoshi’s are worth more than 1000 words each! Thank you so much, Patrick! None of us have ever seen a photo set that was THIS gorgeous from one concert! More pictures here: http://www.idyll.com/alexa/slideshow
I WANNA WORK FOR YOU CD Release Party @ Yoshi's Oakland 12/18

I WANNA WORK FOR YOU CD Release Party @ Yoshi’s Oakland 12/18

Announcing the I WANNA WORK FOR YOU album release concert Sunday, December 18 at Oakland Yoshi’s! Sam Bevan, Mara Fox, Vince Mansel, Braulio Barrera, Carlos Caro, Colin Douglas, Steffen Kuehn and Jonathan Alford join Grammy-nominated vocalist Alexa Weber Morales in performing originals from her latest album, which was fan-funded on...
Alexa Gets Funky with PMO

Alexa Gets Funky with PMO

  Oh man. I was feeling good on Monday. Here’s a funky chacha brassy big band salsa BAYAREA soul breakdown version of Asi No Papa with Pacific Mambo Orchestra at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco! See all you papacitos & mamacitas on SATURDAY night!
Film Noir

Film Noir

  It was nearly 4 a.m. She wasn’t sure how long she’d been standing there, teasing the threads of memory… Had she really pulled a gun from the folds of her burgundy satin trench coat, spun on her violet stilettos and fired a stolen taser at the sinewy alien who’d...
Painting by James Gayle

Painting by James Gayle

James Gayles is a Bay Area fine artist who wrote me early this year: “I will be staging an exhibition of my work in September 2011 titled Latin JazzMasters. I have been given a grant by the City of Oakland to do these paintings which will consist of portraits of...
Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Action begets action! Look at how much you have done! Laugh at all the times you smacked against walls, fell into holes, made godawful mistakes, wandered aimlessly, said what should never be said, kissed the wrong frog, embarrassed yourself and others, acted a fool. That’s how you get wise, baby....
What's New?

Obamacare checked my hearing! I learned…that I am not bionic

Happy dance to Dirty Loops “Lost in You”

Learning Charanguito (ukelele) – playing Undecided

Endangered Harbor seal – close encounter!

How to wash clothes by hand in Mexico part 2

How to wash clothes by hand in Mexico

Moody’s Mood for Love – Oakland Camp – solo vocal/piano – Alexa Morales

I can shovel like a man

I can shovel like a man

Hole-digging can be a contemplative exercise. Or so I thought. I was taking my time digging the hole, feeling rather zen about it, when the foreman came and roughly grabbed the shovel from me, then began muscling dirt out of the ground. In five minutes he’d done double what had taken me 15. That’s when...
Ukelele & Remo drum endorsee Kathy Quain joins me to teach music in nature!

Ukelele & Remo drum endorsee Kathy Quain joins me to teach music in nature!

Music week is July 6-12, 2014 at Oakland Camp. Every year you find yoga & massage by Rivka, art with Susan and Blanka, hikes, dances, horseback riding, karaoke, performances, socials and more at Feather River thanks to our incredible staff and guests of naturalists, artists, body workers, horse wranglers and more. Since 2008, I’ve offered...
Learning to play charanguito

Learning to play charanguito

Oakland had covered wagons? Pix from the past for Feather River Camp's 90th Anniversary

Oakland had covered wagons? Pix from the past for Feather River Camp’s 90th Anniversary

Here are some pictures I snapped while at the memorial day work weekend up in Oakland beautiful camp. A group had spread out boxes and boxes of historical pictures in order to put together a 90th anniversary time capsule. Here are some I thought were interesting. Feel free to estimate the dates of these pics....
The unforgettable experience of climbing Mt. Shasta when you have no idea what you're in for

The unforgettable experience of climbing Mt. Shasta when you have no idea what you’re in for

  “As lone as God and white as a winter moon, Mount Shasta starts up suddenly from the heart of the great black forests of California. You would hardly call Mount Shasta a part of the Sierras; you would say rather that it is the great white tower of some ancient and eternal wall, with...