Ernestine Anderson

Genres: R&B / Soul Vocals
Tags: jazz female vocalists vocal jazz bebop jazz vocal Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1928, Houston, Texas, USA. Raised in Seattle, Anderson has been singing professionally since her mid-teens. She worked extensively with R&B bands in the 40s, including those led by Russell Jacquet and Johnny Otis. A year with Lionel Hampton in the early 50s and a Scandinavian tour with bop trumpeter Rolf Ericson broadened her repertoire, but she remained well rooted in the blues. In later years Anderson developed her technique and range, her rich, molten sound being especially effective on the better contemporary pop songs. Despite spending long periods overseas (including several years’ residence in England from 1965), her international appeal remained limited. Indeed, the spell in Europe adversely affected her career in her homeland; even a national magazine profile that described her as the ‘new Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald’ did not help. A chance appearance at the 1976 Concord Summer Jazz Festival deservedly brought her to...

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