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“…indie-jazz influenced piano pop, [Moruza is] a treat for listeners… Clearly better than most jazz pop out there…”- Aaron Kupferberg, Powerpopaholic.com, January 2010


“Moruza…plays  quirky,  upbeat  piano  songs  that  have  equal  parts  pop  glee  and  serious contemplation.” Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses.com, January 2010


“The sound they create is one part pop, one part jazz and one part French cabaret… Moruza changes moods throughout, moving from the wistful Psychic Say to the optimistic anthem Over The Wall, which will leave you smiling. Either way Moruza takes the light touch and invites you to listen again and again.” Paul Hammond, All things Richmond.blogspot.com, January 2010

The band name is pulled from frontwoman and songwriter Leslie Moruza Dripps. But Moruza isn’t only a name: the term is also Puerto Rican slang for mish-mash, uncategorized, hither-thither—usually referring to somebody’s hair.   Treat yourself  to discovering that Moruza is a tad, er, moruza: indie-jazz-influenced-singer-songwriter-lieder-based-piano-pop. In short, music your ears can love.

Whimsy. Optimism. Quirk. Moruza performs “the music we want to hear,” says frontwoman Leslie Dripps. “We hope you’ll want to hear more.”
Moruza is Leslie Moruza Dripps-keys/vocals, Melissa Sunderland-violin/vocals,   Brian Cruse-double bass, Kyleen Terrana-vocals, Andrew Blunt-percussion.
Discography: Moruza (2009), All Eleven (2005), both available at iTunes and CDBaby.


Moruza  performs at local and regional venues including Bogart’s, The Camel, The National, Gravity Lounge,  Ashland  Coffee  and  Tea,  Positive  Vibe  Café,  The  Good  Cherry  and  festivals  including  The Watermelon Festival, Christmas in July, and Arts in the Alley.

Their self-titled full length CD is available for purchase at CDBaby, Digstation, and iTunes. Leslie’s first solo ablum, “All Eleven” is available at CDBaby and iTunes.