Sarah Vaughan

American musician Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Lois Vaughan was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century. " Nicknamed "Sailor" (for her salty speech), "Sassy" and "The Divine One", Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner. The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its "highest honor in jazz", the NEA Jazz Masters Award, in 1989.
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MUSIC; Miles Davis, Live at the Apogee
NYTimes - over 6 years
AROUND this time last year it became hard not to see the Miles Davis reissue juggernaut as a snake swallowing its own tail. What cinched the impression was the arrival of ''The Genius of Miles Davis,'' encompassing all of Davis's output for Columbia. It wasn't a bricklike compendium of albums -- that had been done, with great fanfare, the previous
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Tony Lucca Is Under The Influence On Covers Album - MusicRemedy
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She was the mother of 12 music-making children and had a voice every bit as compelling as Sarah Vaughan's. Her spirit has been an inherent element in my career from the very beginning. “That's The Way” (Led Zeppelin) - “That's The Way” has always been
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Never be the same - Martinez News-Gazette
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Originally recorded by Mildred Bailey with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, this tune has been covered by greats such as: Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan. Instrumental versions have been recorded by Coleman Hawkins, Lee Morgan,
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Parlor Jazz with Jeff Oster - Napa Valley Register
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Oster lists his biggest influences as Mel Torme for his light, smooth treatments of the melody; Jon Hendrix for his red-hot bebop and scat and Sarah Vaughan for her tonal flexibility and range. He uses his voice like an instrument, as evidenced by his
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This weekend's live music picks, Sept. 1-4 - San Francisco Chronicle
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His tunes have been interpreted by masters such as Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald. A pop star at home, the pianist and vocalist brings a warm, almost avuncular vibe to the bandstand, whether he's singing classic sambas or his own tunes
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Russ Courtnall, Paris Vaughan seek buyer for Thousand Oaks home - Los Angeles Times
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... 46, started his NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1983 and retired from the Los Angeles Kings in 1999. Vaughan, 50 appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and "The Wayan Bros." (1995). She was the daughter of jazz singer Sarah Vaughan
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Jazz's Present Gets Its Chance at Newport
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NEWPORT, R.I. -- Leaving the Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday evening, hearing Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bunky Green's bright and brilliant alto saxophone sounds recede as you walked in the rain toward the water, you could feel a couple of contradictory things. One: The Newport Jazz Festival still matters. Two: That was pretty good for the Newport
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SOYER--Janet Putnam, May 20, 1921 July 31, 2011, was an accomplished harpist, talented painter, creative and energetic spirit, and beloved wife of the late David Soyer. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she was a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and a leading jazz harpist, who can be heard on numerous recordings with Frank
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Fran Landesman, 83, Lyricist With a Bittersweet Edge
NYTimes - over 6 years
Jack Kerouac played bongos outside her window and tried to date her. She turned a T. S. Eliot poem into a song sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand. Bette Davis memorized one of her poems. Fran Landesman made her life into an art form -- not least because of the exuberantly public extramarital sex life she delighted in sharing with London
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Amy Amy Amy Amy—outro - Express Buzz
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Her genuflection to Sarah Vaughan is delightful in October Song, where the tune flutters exaggeratedly towards Sarah's version of Lullaby of Birdland. Some of her songs are very smartly done, F—k Me Pumps, her brassy Help Yourself, and Stronger Than
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Renee Olstead Gets Freaky With Snakes (photos!) - TheImproper.com
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Her singing style has been likened to great jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She's currently co-starring in the ABC Family series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” about fifteen year old Amy Juergens's struggle through her
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 65
    Vaughan returned to her home in California to begin chemotherapy and spent her final months alternating stays in the hospital and at home. Vaughan grew weary of the struggle and demanded to be taken home, where she died on the evening of April 3, 1990, while watching a television movie featuring her daughter, a week after her 66th birthday.
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  • 1989
    Age 64
    During a run at New York's Blue Note Jazz Club in 1989, Vaughan received a diagnosis of lung cancer and was too ill to finish the final day of what would turn out to be her final series of public performances.
    She canceled a series of engagements in Europe in 1989 citing the need to seek treatment for arthritis in the hand, although she was able to complete a later series of performances in Japan.
    In 1989, Vaughan's health began to decline, although she rarely revealed any hints in her performances.
    In 1989, Quincy Jones' album Back on the Block featured Vaughan in a brief scatting duet with Ella Fitzgerald.
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  • 1988
    Age 63
    In 1988, Vaughan contributed vocals to an album of Christmas carols recorded by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Utah Symphony Orchestra and sold in Hallmark Cards stores.
  • 1987
    Age 62
    Vaughan's final complete album was Brazilian Romance, produced and composed by Sérgio Mendes and recorded primarily in the early part of 1987 in New York and Detroit.
  • 1986
    Age 61
    In 1986, Vaughan sang two songs, "Happy Talk" and "Bali Ha'i", in the role of Bloody Mary on an otherwise stiff studio recording by opera stars Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras of the score of the Broadway musical South Pacific, while sitting on the studio floor.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1984
    Age 59
    In 1984, Vaughan participated in one of the more unusual projects of her career, The Planet is Alive, Let It Live a symphonic piece composed by Tito Fontana and Sante Palumbo on Italian translations of Polish poems by Karol Wojtyla, by then better known as Pope John Paul II.
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    She made a guest appearance in 1984 on Barry Manilow's 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, an album of original pastiche compositions that featured a number of established jazz artists.
  • 1982
    Age 57
    Following the end of her contract with Pablo Records in 1982, Vaughan only committed herself to a limited number of studio recordings.
    She was reunited in 1982 with Tilson Thomas for a modified version of the Gershwin program, played again by the Los Angeles Philharmonic but this time in its home hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; the CBS recording of the concert, Gershwin Live!, won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female, and has become something of a classic itself.
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  • 1981
    Age 56
    Vaughan and Waymond Reed divorced in 1981.
  • 1980
    Age 55
    A performance of her symphonic Gershwin program with the New Jersey Symphony in 1980 was broadcast on PBS and won her an Emmy Award the next year for "Individual Achievement, Special Class."
    In the summer of 1980 Vaughan received a plaque on 52nd Street outside the CBS Building (Black Rock) commemorating the jazz clubs she had once frequented on "Swing Street" and which had long since been replaced with office buildings.
  • 1977
    Age 52
    In 1977, Vaughan terminated her personal and professional relationship with Marshall Fisher.
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    1977 saw the release of the Godley & Creme album Consequences, on which Vaughan sang "Lost Weekend", one of the few tracks to achieve popularity outside of the album.
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    Vaughan's first Pablo release was I Love Brazil!, recorded with an all-star cast of Brazilian musicians in Rio de Janeiro in the fall of 1977.
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    Vaughan had not had a recording contract for three years, although she had recorded a 1977 album of Beatles songs with contemporary pop arrangements for Atlantic Records that was eventually released in 1981.
    In 1977, Norman Granz, who was also Ella Fitzgerald's manager, signed Vaughan to his Pablo Records label.
    In 1977, Tom Guy, a young filmmaker and public TV producer, followed Vaughan around on tour, interviewing numerous artists speaking about her and capturing both concert and behind-the-scenes footage.
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  • 1975
    Age 50
    The concert was a success and Thomas and Vaughan repeated the performance with Thomas' home orchestra in Buffalo, New York, followed by appearances in 1975 and 1976 with other symphony orchestras in the United States.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1974
    Age 49
    In 1974, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas asked Vaughan to participate in an all-Gershwin show he was planning for a guest appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
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    In December 1974, Vaughan played a private concert for the United States president Gerald Ford and French president Giscard d'Estaing during their summit on Martinique.
    Unfortunately, Vaughan's relationship with Mainstream soured in 1974, allegedly in a conflict precipitated by Fisher over an album cover photograph and/or unpaid royalties.
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  • 1973
    Age 48
    Recordings of Sarah Vaughan were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor recordings that are at least twenty-five years old, and that have "qualitative or historical significance."
    Vaughan recorded Live in Japan, a live album in Tokyo with her trio in September 1973.
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  • 1972
    Age 47
    In April 1972, Vaughan recorded a collection of ballads written, arranged and conducted by Michel Legrand.
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  • 1971
    Age 46
    Basie veteran Ernie Wilkins arranged and conducted her first Mainstream album A Time in My Life in November 1971.
    In 1971, Bob Shad, who had worked with her as producer at Mercury Records, asked her to record for his new record label, Mainstream Records.
  • 1970
    Age 45
    Vaughan met Marshall Fisher after a 1970 performance at a casino in Las Vegas and Fisher soon fell into the familiar dual role as Vaughan's lover and manager.
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  • 1969
    Age 44
    In 1969, Vaughan terminated her professional relationship with Golden and relocated to the West Coast, settling first into a house near Benedict Canyon in Los Angeles and then into what would end up being her final home in Hidden Hills.
  • 1967
    Age 42
    At the conclusion of her Mercury deal in 1967, she was left without a recording contract for the remainder of the decade.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1963
    Age 38
    In the summer of 1963, Vaughan went to Denmark with producer Quincy Jones to record four days of live performances with her trio, Sassy Swings the Tivoli, an excellent example of her live show from this period.
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    When her contract with Roulette ended in 1963, Vaughan returned to the more familiar confines of Mercury Records.
    However, the relationship with Atkins proved difficult and violent so, following a series of incidents, she filed for divorce in November 1963.
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  • 1961
    Age 36
    In 1961 Vaughn and Atkins adopted a daughter, Deborah Lois Atkins, known professionally as Paris Vaughan.
  • 1960
    Age 35
    She had some pop chart success in 1960 with "Serenata" on Roulette and a couple of residual tracks from her Mercury contract, "Eternally" and "You're My Baby".
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    Vaughan began recording for Roulette in April 1960, making a string of strong large ensemble albums arranged and/or conducted by Billy May, Jimmy Jones, Joe Reisman, Quincy Jones, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, and Gerald Wilson.
  • 1959
    Age 34
    When Vaughan's contract with Mercury Records ended in late 1959, she immediately signed on with Roulette Records, a small label owned by Morris Levy, who was one of the backers of New York's Birdland, where she frequently appeared.
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    The exit of Treadwell from Vaughan's life was precipitated by the entry of Clyde "C.B." Atkins, a man of uncertain background whom she had met in Chicago and married on September 4, 1959.
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  • 1958
    Age 33
    Although the professional relationship between Vaughan and Treadwell was quite successful through the 1950s, their personal relationship finally reached a breaking point and she filed for a divorce in 1958.
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  • 1955
    Age 30
    At the 1955 New York Jazz Festival on Randalls Island, Vaughan shared the bill with the Dave Brubeck quartet, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, and the Johnny Richards Orchestra
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 29
    In the fall of 1954, she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Count Basie Orchestra on a bill that also included Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Lester Young and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
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    She was featured at the first Newport Jazz Festival in the summer of 1954 and starred in subsequent editions of that festival at Newport and in New York City for the remainder of her life.
    The jazz "track" of her recording career proceeded apace, backed either by her working trio or various combinations of stellar jazz players. One of her own favorite albums was a 1954 sextet date that included Clifford Brown.
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    Vaughan's commercial success at Mercury began with the 1954 hit, "Make Yourself Comfortable", recorded in the fall of 1954, and continued with a succession of hits, including: "How Important Can It Be" (with Count Basie), "Whatever Lola Wants", "The Banana Boat Song", "You Ought to Have A Wife" and "Misty".
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    Her debut Mercury recording session took place in February 1954 and she stayed with the label through 1959.
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  • 1953
    Age 28
    In 1953, Treadwell negotiated a unique contract for Vaughan with Mercury Records.
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  • 1949
    Age 24
    In 1949, Vaughan had a program, Songs by Sarah Vaughan, on WMGM in New York City.
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    With improving finances, in 1949 Vaughan and Treadwell purchased a three-story house on 21 Avon Avenue in Newark, occupying the top floor during their increasingly rare off-hours at home and relocating Vaughan's parents to the lower two floors.
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    In the summer of 1949, Vaughan made her first appearance with a symphony orchestra in a benefit for the Philadelphia Orchestra entitled "100 Men and a Girl."
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    The musicians union ban pushed Musicraft to the brink of bankruptcy and Vaughan used the missed royalty payments as an opportunity to sign with the larger Columbia record label. Following the settling of the legal issues, her chart successes continued with the charting of "Black Coffee" in the summer of 1949.
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  • 1948
    Age 23
    Her recording of "Nature Boy" from April 8, 1948, became a hit around the time the better known Nat King Cole version of the song was released.
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  • 1947
    Age 22
    Her December 27, 1947, recording of "It's Magic" (from the Doris Day film Romance on the High Seas) found chart success in early 1948.
    Her recording of "Tenderly" - she was proud to be the first to have recorded that Jazz standard - became an unexpected pop hit in late 1947.
    Vaughan's recording success for Musicraft continued through 1947 and 1948.
  • 1946
    Age 21
    With Vaughan and Treadwell's professional relationship on solid footing, the couple married on September 16, 1946.
    Many of Vaughan's 1946 Musicraft recordings became quite well known among jazz aficionados and critics, including "If You Could See Me Now" (written and arranged by Tadd Dameron), "Don't Blame Me", "I've Got a Crush on You", "Everything I Have Is Yours" and "Body and Soul".
    After being invited by violinist Stuff Smith to record the song "Time and Again" in October, Vaughan was offered a contract to record for the Musicraft label by owner Albert Marx, although she would not begin recording as a leader for Musicraft until May 7, 1946.
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  • 1945
    Age 20
    On May 11, 1945, Vaughan recorded "Lover Man" for the Guild label with a quintet featuring Gillespie and Parker with Al Haig on piano, Curly Russell on double bass and Sid Catlett on drums.
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    Vaughan began her solo career in 1945 by freelancing in clubs on New York's 52nd Street such as the Three Deuces, the Famous Door, the Downbeat and the Onyx Club.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1944
    Age 19
    Vaughan officially left the Eckstine band in late 1944 to pursue a solo career, although she remained very close to Eckstine personally and recorded with him frequently throughout her life.
    Eckstine's band afforded her first recording opportunity, a December 5, 1944 date that yielded the song "I'll Wait and Pray" for the De Luxe label.
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    Vaughan accepted Eckstine's invitation to join his new band in 1944, giving her an opportunity to develop her musicianship with the seminal figures in this era of jazz.
  • 1943
    Age 18
    Vaughan spent the remainder of 1943 and part of 1944 touring the country with the Earl Hines big band that featured baritone Billy Eckstine.
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    Regardless, after a brief tryout at the Apollo, Hines officially replaced his current male singer with Vaughan on April 4, 1943.
    After a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald.
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  • 1942
    Age 17
    Some time in the fall of 1942 (by which time she was 18 years old), Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 6
    Vaughan initially attended Newark's East Side High School, later transferring to Newark Arts High School, which had opened in 1931 as the United States' first arts "magnet" high school.
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  • 1924
    Born
    Born on March 27, 1924.
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