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RIP Abbey Lincoln, Jazz Vocalist

By August 14, 2010

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Abbey Lincoln, jazz vocalist and actress, died on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She was 80 years old.

Ms. Lincoln is best known for her rich, low voice and range of expression. Born in 1930, she recorded with the some of the great post-bop musicians, including Sonny Rollins and Max Roach. She married Roach in 1962, two years after recording with the drummer on We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite, one of the first and best known jazz albums to take a strong stance within the civil rights movement.

Abbey Lincoln, who also starred in several film roles, acted alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1968 film "For Love of Ivy." Ms. Lincolnalso continued to sing and record late in her life. Her last album, Abbey Sings Abbey, was released in 2007 on Verve Records.

Read Abbey Lincoln's biography.

Image taken in 1991, Tad Hershorn / Getty Images


August 18, 2010 at 11:37 am
(1) Jazz Guy says:

She will be missed. She’s one of the VERY, VERY few singers that I have been able to find who recorded “Tender as a Rose” a Capella, no less!

I highly suggest checking the clip of this song out on Amazon!

August 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm
(2) Mus14 says:

She will definitely be missed. I really enjoyed listening to her great singing. More people should hear her music.

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