Thursday, April 03, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Ive spent the better part of 5 years trying to find a picture of this woman. So far too no avail. She was just part of the 1930s jazz Harlem scene. How I found out about her was researching Pianist Teddy Wilson who loved her singing way more than Billie Holiday who he had a successful musical relationship in the 1930s so I'd always check out biographies to try to find a picture of her but to no avail. I'd probably be disappointed she seems to have been just another character in a scene from long ago. But I finally found this small clipping so that's progress. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/anna-robinson-mn0000575783
Monday, February 24, 2014
Black history month. I decided to just post pictures of the ladies in my life who I have either read about or listened to their music way after they had left the earth. Personally for me my earliest recollection is hearing my mother sing songs around the house. Stormy Weather, Sentimental Journey I remember her singing in her clear alto voice. Later on somehow I got hooked on Billie Holiday the first song I think of hers I heard was "I can't pretend" even if it's not it's the one h that comes to mind when I think of Billie Holiday. Through my love of her songs I learned of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Dinah Washington and a host of other African American singers from my mother's era.
I still am a huge fan of female jazz vocalists and strangely my knowledge of them far succeds my knowledge of male singers. SO HERE'S TO THE BEAUTIFUL LADIES OF JAZZ