Cassandra Wilson

Genres: Blues Jazz Vocals
Descriptive "tags": jazz female vocalists jazz vocal blues vocal jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Official Homepage Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

4 December 1955, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Wilson started piano and guitar lessons at the age of nine. In 1975 she began singing professionally, primarily folk and blues, working in various R&B and Top 20 cover version bands. She emerged as a jazz singer while studying with drummer Alvin Fielder and singing with the Black Arts Music Society in her home-town. In 1981, she moved to New Orleans and studied with saxophonist Earl Turbinton. A year later she relocated to New York at the suggestion of trumpeter Woody Shaw and began working with Dave Holland and Abbey Lincoln. In 1985, she guested on Steve Coleman’s Motherland Pulse and was asked by the JMT label to record her own albums. Her debut was Point Of View, which featured Coleman and guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly. New York’s finest wanted to work with her. She sang with New Air, Henry Threadgill’s trio, and he returned the compliment by helping with arrangements on her second, more powerful...

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