Abbey Lincoln (a.k.a. Anna Marie Wooldridge) 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, which is also planning a memorial service at a date TBA. Memorial services information will be forthcoming...more details on her life at the New York Times article here. Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln video here:
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!