I Wanna Be Loved
The show is billed as “stories of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues.” And it is. But I Wanna Be Loved, which features all of Dinah’s hits, could just as easily be billed as “An Evening with Barbara Morrison.” L.A.’s Queen of Jazz & Blues is now confined to an electric wheelchair after diabetes-related operations. The scooter might as well be a throne. Barbara Morrison is a genuine American treasure, one of the living links to the era of Ella, Billie, and Ms. Dinah W. The show, which features a sensational 18-piece big band under the direction of cool cat John Stephens, runs through the end of the month at Queen Barbara’s namesake performing arts center, in Leimert Park. Go. Enjoy. Witness a living legend, a master, demonstrate the art of singing and performing.