Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham
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Jean E. Evans, 14 August 1924, Akron, Ohio, USA. As a small child Cheatham began playing piano by ear and took lessons from the age of six and was soon accompanying a church choir of which her mother was a member. When she was 14 she played piano with a 16-piece rehearsal band which thus gave her her first experience in jazz. In the early 60s she began playing jazz in small bop groups. She also began singing but as a group member rather than as a soloist. Gradually, Cheatham began to develop a reputation not only as an excellent pianist but also as a leader and a reliable businesswoman. She and her band teamed up with alto saxophonist Jimmy Colvin and moved into somewhat bigger time, playing in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and occasionally New York. They were managed by Moe Gale, manager of Ella Fitzgerald until the early 50s, and he found steady work for the group, known now as the Colvinaires, in the northern states and Canada. When Colvin quit, she resumed...