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Nnenna Chinyere Freelon, 28 July 1954, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Although Freelon had displayed an interest in singing from an early age, she first graduated from Simmons College, then had a career in social services in Durham, North Carolina. She also raised three children before being encouraged to consider a career in music. She studied with Yusef Lateef, developing her singing through listening to horn players. For several years she had a regular working band with Bill Anschell (piano), John Brown (bass) and Woody Williams (drums). Her breakthrough followed an informal session at the start of the 90s in which she sat in with Ellis Marsalis. Her recording debut came in 1992 and attracted some attention although there were some critical misgivings over perceived similarities to Sarah Vaughans singing style. Her second album was more favourably received and by her third even the most recalcitrant observers were forced to admit that hers was an...