Happy Birthday Sassy 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittanica :

 

” Sarah Vaughan, in full Sarah Lois Vaughan, byname Sassy or the Divine One   (born March 27, 1924, Newark, N.J., U.S.—died April 3, 1990, Hidden Hills, Calif.), American jazz vocalist and pianist known for her rich voice, with an unusually wide range, and for the inventiveness and virtuosity of her improvisations.

Vaughan was the daughter of amateur musicians. She began studying piano and organ at age seven and sang in the church choir. After winning an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theatre in 1942, she was hired as a singer and second pianist by the Earl Hines Orchestra. A year later she joined the singer Billy Eckstines band, where she met Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. Vaughan’s singing style was influenced by their instruments—“I always wanted to imitate the horns.” Gillespie, Parker, and Vaughan recorded “Lover Man” together in 1945.”

 

 

PBS Jazz – A Film By Ken Burns :

 

” During the five-year contract with Columbia that marked her rise to stardom (1949-54), she recorded often with studio orchestras and only once in a jazz context (with Miles Davis in 1950). A new contract with Mercury (1954-9) allowed her to pursue a dual career: for Mercury she made commercial discs, including her hit Broken-Hearted Melody (1958), while for EmArcy, Mercury’s jazz subsidiary, she recorded with Clifford Brown, Cannonball Adderley, the sidemen of Count Basie‘s orchestra, and other jazz musicians. She combined these activities under later contracts with Roulette, Mercury, and Columbia (1960-67). In 1971, after a five-year absence from recording, she began once again to make popular albums, occasionally employing a jazz-flavored accompaniment, as on her album with Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louie Bellson in 1978. In public performances Vaughan is accompanied by a trio of piano, double bass, and drums, either alone or as the nucleus of a big band or symphony orchestra. Among the distinguished members of her group have been Jimmy Jones (1947-52; 1954-8), Roy Haynes (1953-4), Richard Davis (late 1950s-early 1960s), Roland Hanna (early 1960s), Bob James (1965-8), Jan Hammer(1970-71), Jimmy Cobb(1970-78), Andy Simpkins (from 1979), and Harold Jones (from 1980). From 1978 to 1980 the trio became a quartet under the leadership of Vaughan’s then manager, conductor, and husband, Waymon Reed. In 1987, Vaughan recorded an album of Latin-jazz songs. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About Jazz :

 

” In 1958, Vaughan was earning a yearly income of $230,000. In July of the following year, she scored her first million-selling hit, “Broken Hearted Melody,” with the Ray Ellis Orchestra. A hit with both black and white audiences, “Broken Hearted Melody,” which was nominated for a Grammy Award, reached number five on the pop R&B charts.

When Vaughan’s contract with Mercury ended in the fall of 1959, she signed with Roulette Records and became, over the next few years, one the label’s biggest stars. Her 1960 sessions for Roulette included “The Divine One,” arranged by Jimmy Jones and a session with Count Basie Band featuring such talents as trumpeters Thad Jones and Joe Newman and saxophonists Frank Foster and Billy Mitchell. Featured in duet numbers with singer Joe Williams, the Basie Band session produced the sides, “If I Were a Bell” and “Teach Me Tonight.” “

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia

 

” Ranked #50 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1982.

Was an Honorary Memeber of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority

Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives”. Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 854-856. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.

She is nominated for the 2008 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her services and contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

She was interred at Glendale Cemetery (Crestwood Section, Lot 2 Grave 3) in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

She was inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for her contributions to Arts and Entertainment.

She was a lifelong Democrat and during the Lyndon Johnson Administration was a frequent guest singer at The White House.

She & Clyde B. Atkins adopted a daughter in 1961, whom they named Deborah Lois (now Paris Vaughan).

She was close friends with crooner Billy Eckstine.”

 

 

 

Discography:

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*A Tribute To
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” Her voice, which has four octaves and out-classes that of most operatic sopranos, came in unequal parts, a rich middle section, a little-girl high register, and a sometimes vulgar, echoing bottom range. She uses it like a horn . . . ” wrote Whitney Balliett, in New Yorker Magazine, July, 1977. (Balliett is a writer of America’s unique art form, jazz. His criticism is esteemed by fans and colleagues wherever music is performed.)”

Happy Birthday Divine One 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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