Morgan Pirtle is a versatile vocalist, composer, and arranger in Chicago. As a student of jazz, her music is influenced by the genre, but also resonates with pop, soul, and R&B. In 2018, she graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s (UIC) Jazz Studies program and the Honors College, where she attended on both merit and academic scholarship. At UIC, she studied with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and previously has worked with artists such as Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Jon Faddis, Jay Clayton, Dee Alexander, Jennifer Barnes, and Greg Jasperse. You can find her performing all over Chicago-land, including such venues and events as the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Summer Dance, The Shedd Aquarium's Jazzin' at the Shedd series, Schubas, the Jazz Showcase, the Promontory, Emporium, and more. She most recently made her debut at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her group Morgan Pirtle + 5. In 2018, she was named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz, won the People's Choice Award at the Luminarts 2018 Jazz Finals, and was named Outstanding Undergraduate Vocalist in the 2018 DownBeat Student Music Awards.
In addition to her blossoming career in music, Morgan also works at the Jazz Institute of Chicago where she manages Membership and Volunteers. In 2015, she, along with JIC Executive Director Lauren Deutsch and bassist/vocalist Katie Ernst, founded the Women’s Jazz Leadership Initiative. This program fosters a community of professional women musicians and female students in Chicagoland by focusing on dialog, connection, and musical exchange. Leading this program for the past three years is where her passion resides. She looks forward to continuing the movement to create community and elevate the voices of women in the music industry.