|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
1946, USA, d. 19 February 1999, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Desmond displayed an interest in singing from a very early age, and while still at school sang with jazz groups. Her professional career extended to incorporate work with small groups and big bands in clubs, at festivals, and on radio and television in the USA and Canada. Her voice was poised and clear, and she sang with a subtle sense of swing. Desmonds repertoire was wide but centred upon the great standards, and always demonstrated a vital understanding of the lyrics of the songs she chose to perform. Her interpretations of the music of Gershwin were particularly memorable. She died of cancer at the age of 53.