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. Lincoln also continued to sing and record late in her life. Her last album, Abbey Sings Abbey, was released in 2007 on Verve Records.
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