Barbara Morrison will perform at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Morrison has been compared to Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James, according to a news release.
This will be Morrison's third appearance in as many years at the arts center in what is becoming an annual tradition for local jazz and blues enthusiasts. Morrison will be backed up by Rod Harris and the 10-piece Columbia College Jazz Band.
Tickets are $16 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information, call (209) 388-1090 or visit artsmerced.org.