"Betty Roche was an unforgettable singer," Duke Ellington wrote of his former vocalist in 1973. "She never sounded like anybody but Betty Roche."
Emily Remler was a brilliant guitarist, at ease in musical idioms from Brazilian to bop. She passed away just as she was entering the prime of her career.
In late 1966 singer and pianist Nina Simone signed with RCA Records and continued her genre-bending explorations of jazz, blues, pop, folk, and soul.
The Sweethearts were a racially-integrated, all-female, and all-swing big band, taking their pathbreaking act on the road during World War II.
Many listeners know Peggy Lee as a great jazz singer, but she was also a prolific writer of songs—composing or co-composing nearly 200 of them.
John Coltrane's wife was a musician in her own right. What artistic path did she take after her husband passed away in 1967?
In 1945 pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams debuted her first extended work, The Zodiac Suite, with musical movements for each sign of the zodiac. Williams was 35 years old, already a veteran of the swing era; she was playing regularly at New York City’s CafÃ© Society, hosting a weekly radio program, and had begun…
Dick and Kiz Harp were a husband-and-wife, piano-and-vocals duo who ran their own nightclub (converted from a warehouse and called “The 90th Floor,” after a lesser-known Cole Porter song they performed) in Dallas, Texas at the end of the 1950s. They’ve developed a cult following among jazz-vocal aficionados …
We’ll hear a number of McCall's recordings with the Woody Herman big band, as well as small-group work, and more.
"The Late Miss D" features the last recordings of Dinah Washington, who died at the age of 38 in 1963.