At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.
"Betty Roche was an unforgettable singer," Duke Ellington wrote of his former vocalist in 1973. "She never sounded like anybody but Betty Roche."
Una Mae Carlisle and Lil Green both were popular jazz-and-blues singer-songwriters in the 1940s...
A look at three late-1950s blues-concept LPs by white female vocalists.