Abbey Lincoln (a.k.a. Anna Marie Wooldridge) Chicago-born jazz singer and songwriter has passed away at age 80 years in her Manhattan home on August 14th, 2010...once married to legendary jazz drummer Max Roach (1962 and later divorced) she made several recordings and acted in movies with the likes of Sidney Poitier during the 1950s and 60s. Her career rekindled in the 1990s due to her songwriting abilities. Her lifetime of jazz artistry was acknowledged in 2003 by the National Endowment for the Arts when she was given their Jazz Masters Award, considered to be the USA's highest jazz honor. Abbey Lincoln's Wikipedia profile is here. The family of Abbey Lincoln has requested that donations in Ms. Lincoln's honor be made to the Jazz Foundation of America, is planning a Celebration of Life Memorial," which is expected sometime in mid-September 2010...she will be cremated and no formal funeral is planned.more details on her life at the New York Times article here. You can sign her Legacy.com guestbook by clicking here. Abbey Lincoln featured with Max Roach video here (circa 1960):
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.