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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!

My songwriting, singing, writing and gigging clients are keeping me busy in 2016! Let's keep the momentum going!

My songwriting, singing, writing and gigging clients are keeping me busy in 2016! Let’s keep the momentum going!

Recent clients 2016: Cantabile Youth Singers (corporate gig at gorgeous remodeled Angelicas, thanks for the lead, Mike Rinta!) Nissan (writing & recording two radio spots), Torani (performing with Pacific Mambo Orchestra), Cigital (corporate gig), Steffen Kuehn Music (composing/singing on his new record at Fantasy Recording Studios), The Music & Sound Retailer (new client I met covering The NAMM Show)! If you want to put my unique skills...
Mars Attacks Halloween makeup tutorial

Mars Attacks Halloween makeup tutorial

This Mars Attacks Halloween makeup tutorial is part two of the brain hat tutorial. Together with some Dollar Store eyeballs, this makes a rocking good martian! For the whole costume, you need either an all green outfit or a red cape. It would be awesome to have the giant glass...
Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

Three great musician/teachers in 2015! COME TO Oakland Feather River Camp MUSIC WEEK!

COME TO OFRC MUSIC WEEK! July 5-12, 2015 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for...
Covering #ASCAPEXPO in Hollywood! Gonna meet Bill Withers!

Covering #ASCAPEXPO in Hollywood! Gonna meet Bill Withers!

This is where being a musician AND a writer comes in handy! Got my press pass to cover #ASCAPEXPO! Stay tuned, and read on for more information about the upcoming conference! Highlights: Aloe Blacc to Interview Legendary Bill Withers! Chart-topping Songwriters and Composers Added to 3-Day Lineup Include Grizzy Bear’s Chris...
'Pacific Mambo Dance': New Single and Video drop March 3! Pre-order now!

‘Pacific Mambo Dance': New Single and Video drop March 3! Pre-order now!

  Why do we want you to pre-order? Well, if enough people do, it will get us on the front page of the iTunes store… so why not go for it? Do it! PREORDER NOW PRETTY PLEASE “The new song from PMO is an infectious, get-off-your-feet dance anthem that aims...
Minimalist Holiday? Try "From Me To Yule" original Christmas tune by Alexa Weber Morales

Minimalist Holiday? Try “From Me To Yule” original Christmas tune by Alexa Weber Morales

  The song is available as a single or part of the expanding EP From Me To Yule. From Me To Yule by Alexa Weber Morales   This was inspired by all the great stuff I see out on the street, but know that people would be offended to get...
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...
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: ‘I believe musicians should be allowed to marry,’ addresses rumors of her own musicianship

Alexa Weber Morales: ‘I believe musicians should be allowed to marry,’ addresses rumors of her own musicianship

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....
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Método KonMari: Cómo ser minimalista cuando no están de acuerdo en casa

KonMari Method: How do you get housemates to be minimalist if they don’t want to?

Singing Saturday with the Bay Area Salsa All-Stars at San Jose Jazz Festival!

Singing Saturday with the Bay Area Salsa All-Stars at San Jose Jazz Festival!

Alexa sings with the BAY AREA SALSA ALL-STARS! Envisioned by San Jose Jazz Summer Fest Latin music curator Arturo Riera and programmed-directed by Latin jazz flautist John Calloway, the Bay Area Salsa All-Stars are 15 well-seasoned musicians from some of the top salsa bands in the Bay Area and beyond. AVANCE, Edgardo y Candela, the Pacific Mambo...
Free lunchtime concert Friday 8/12 at Oakland Kaiser Building Roof Garden

Free lunchtime concert Friday 8/12 at Oakland Kaiser Building Roof Garden

Come hear the Boca Mundial trio: me with Braulio Barrera (percussion) and Brian Moran (guitar) at noon for a free one-hour show at the roof garden on Oakland’s Kaiser Building at Lake Merritt. Here’s a snippet of us noodling on one of the tunes we’ll do, a jazz standard called It Never Entered My Mind....

Why you are a minimalist FAILURE! (funny)

KonMari Method: 5 ways to stay motivated to declutter!

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Quest for the perfect mic: Mystery shopping for musicretailer.com

Quest for the perfect mic: Mystery shopping for musicretailer.com

Originally published May 23, 2016 for The Music and Sound Retailer as part of the MI Spy nationwide mystery shopping series. I met this new writing client at NAMM 2016. Mics To Make The Heart Sing For me, the quest for the perfect vocal mic to suit diverse live and recording situations is life-long. For that reason, I,...
Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

Percussionist Ami Molinelli, guitarist Brian Moran and vocalist Alexa Morales lead Oakland Feather River Camp 2016 music week

OFRC MUSIC WEEK boasts three professional musician guest artists, July 10-17, 2016 All ages are welcome to explore ensemble playing on a variety of instruments (bring what you have!). A few guitars and ukeleles, a piano and some percussion instruments will be available. We will also offer accompaniment for singers. There will be karaoke for over-the-top fun...
DIY Pinterest-inspired laundry counter from an old bookshelf!

DIY Pinterest-inspired laundry counter from an old bookshelf!

The Climb [cover song]

Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles

Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles

Berklee Press Announces New Jazz Guitar and Bass Titles Berklee Jazz Bass (HL50449636/$19.99) is written by a power team of past and present Berklee instructors (Rich Appleman, Whit Browne, and Bruce Gertz), who have 120+ years of teaching experience between them. This new title will help students learn the intricacies of playing jazz by expanding basic...