|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals|
|Tags:||jazz female vocalists jazz vocal vocal jazz oldies|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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25 November 1928, Aiken, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 October 2001, Mount Vernon, New York, USA. By the time she began singing professionally, Jones was living in New York. She worked with Buddy Johnson, then Pete Johnson, J.C. Heard and Earl Hines. She also worjked with her husband Gerald Wilson until they divorced in the early 50s. From the early 50s she often worked as a single, recording for Prestige Records and winning an award for Dont Go With Strangers. Although her early singing, with Buddy Johnson, had been angled towards the R&B market, by the 70s she was sufficiently eclectic to work with mainstream artists such as Billy Taylor and she began a long-running partnership with her husband Houston Person, touring and recording extensively. On 1995s At Last her voice sounded richer in texture and her versions of classic popular songs, such as God Bless The Child were a triumph. In particular, pianist Benny Green added some exquisite...