Singer Ernestine Anderson has died

Ernestine AndersonERNESTINE ANDERSON, 87, on March 10 in Seattle, Washington. A jazz and blues singer whose career spanned six decades, her voice was once described by Quincy Jones as having the sound of “honey at dusk.” Originally from Houston, Texas, she recorded over 30 albums and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award.

She toured for 18 months with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra (including an appearance at the presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower) and performed all over the world from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Centter to the first Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958. She was included in the Smithsonian Institution’s Jazz Singers anthology.

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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