Annie Ross

Annie Ross died last week (July 21, 2020). She was one-third of the vocal group, Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross who sang in a style of music called vocalese. Jon Hendricks created the style and Lambert, Hendricks and Ross were the first stars starting in the 1950s. The Pointer Sisters and…

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Kate Davis

The previous five posts I’ve made have been about women musicians who fit into the broadly defined category of folk music (if you include old time music, bluegrass and country). Today I’m switching genres to jazz singers. I love the great ladies of jazz such as Ella, Sara, Billy and…

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Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz is another extremely talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She has played with Aoife O’Donovan who I featured in my previous post. As with many artists, it is difficult to peg her into a genre. I think that’s a good thing. She might be labeled bluegrass, old-time, folk or…

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Kristin Lems

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of Kristin Lems. She has been a folk musician since the 1970s or earlier. She also has a Ph.D. in English as a Second Language. She and I both were on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign/Urbana in the 1970s. I was working on my doctorate part…

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