Mary Ann McCall

Decades: 1950s 1970s 2000s


4 May 1919, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 14 December 1994, Los Angeles, California, USA. McCall’s early career was spent singing with the bands of Buddy Morrow, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Charlie Barnet. During this period, which ended in 1940, she was regarded as an average big band singer. Her return to the spotlight, when she rejoined Herman in 1946, saw her maturing and by the time she left the band in 1950, she was an able, original and forthright jazz singer. She recorded with several leading beboppers in the late 40s and early 50s, including Howard McGhee, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Ventura and her then husband, Al Cohn. During the next three decades, McCall worked extensively as a soloist, making occasional records with jazz musicians such as Jake Hanna and Nat Pierce and singing in jazz clubs and at festivals.

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