English – Spanish – French – Portuguese

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!

Music
You can stream our sold-out Valentine's Day show online!

You can stream our sold-out Valentine’s Day show online!

We had such a good time Tuesday night at Fenix in San Rafael playing quiet romantic Brazilian jazz along with some originals and songs and Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese! I was joined by Anne Sajdera on keys, Jeff Chambers on acoustic bass and Amy Molinelli on percussion. I took two melodica solos that I’m pretty...
Stand with Bandcamp today in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

Stand with Bandcamp today in Support of Immigrants/Basic Human Values

This Friday, for any purchase made on Bandcamp, the company will donate 100% of their profit share of the proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union, who are working to oppose last week’s Executive Order barring immigrants and refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries from entering the United States. Please read more about Bandcamp’s position here, and help spread...
Alexa Morales and BOCA MUNDIAL @ Fenix on Valentine's Day!

Alexa Morales and BOCA MUNDIAL @ Fenix on Valentine’s Day!

Lovers’ Trip to Paradise: Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Dinner & live music with BOCA MUNDIAL Perfect for the diverse Bay Area, BOCA MUNDIAL starring Alexa Morales adds a touch of the “flamboyantly multilingual” (San Jose Mercury News) to every event. Alexa Morales is an Oakland Jazz and Salsa singer-songwriter, fluent in a few languages thanks to her...
"SAKURA" - PMO FEATURING NORA SUZUKI (ORQUESTA DE LA LUZ) 2017 ALBUM PREVIEW

“SAKURA” – PMO FEATURING NORA SUZUKI (ORQUESTA DE LA LUZ) 2017 ALBUM PREVIEW

ALBUM PREVIEW 2017 The Grammy Award Winning  Pacific Mambo Orchestra announces the upcoming release of their second full album. It is due in Spring of 2017 and will be named “Live from Stern Grove”. It will feature world-renowned names such as Sheila E and Marlow Rosado. The 11 track album will open with “Sakura” – PMO’s brand new arrangement featuring Nora Suzuki, known...
Boca Mundial plays Dreamforce! Accenture stage, Tuesday 10/4, 2-3 pm!

Boca Mundial plays Dreamforce! Accenture stage, Tuesday 10/4, 2-3 pm!

My band Boca Mundial plays the Dreamforce Accenture stage this coming Tuesday, October 4 from 2-3 pm! This marks the first time I’ll both attend the conference as press while also playing the massive event, which brings half a million people or more to San Francisco every fall, as a musician! Looking forward to a great hit with Colin...
Boca Mundial plays San Francisco Presidio Officer's Club Friday 9/23 6 pm!

Boca Mundial plays San Francisco Presidio Officer’s Club Friday 9/23 6 pm!

A great pleasure of gigging is getting to know the many intriguing venues and concert series we have here in the Bay Area. This Friday, September 23, from 6-7:30 pm, Boca Mundial sextet will be playing a free concert at a gorgeous historic spot, the San Francisco Presidio Officer’s Club. The concert is generously sponsored...
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....
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...
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...
Tonight! Award-winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE opens for PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA

Tonight! Award-winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE opens for PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA

The award winning BERKELEY HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE  warms up the stage for Grammy Award Winning special guests PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA BERKELEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BENEFIT CONCERT & LATIN DANCE PARTY   FRI JUNE 3, 2016 DOORS 7PM / SHOW 8PM The UC Theatre 2036 University Ave Downtown Berkeley  BART access Doors open – 7:00 pm...