Known for her dazzling vocal leaps and swoops, she was equally adept at be-bop improvisation and singing theater songs with a symphony orchestra. Young Sarah studied piano from the age of seven, and before entering her teens had become an organist and choir soloist at the Mount Zion Baptist Church. Occasionally her work in the 1950s smacks of vocal pyrotechnics rather than genuine explorations of the material. Both live in Los Angeles. Out of more than a dozen hits she had on Columbia, the most successful was ''These Things I Offer You,'' in 1951. The performances invariably won standing ovations.
Her rich voice and distinctive style, often applied to popular songs, brought her fame beyond the confines of the jazz world. Eckstine was a vocalist and Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker were instrumentalists. She was 66 years old. Her father was a carpenter and an amateur guitarist; her mother was a laundress and a church vocalist. Jones, and ''Send In the Clowns,'' which became her musical signature during the last decade of her life.
Sarah Lois Vaughan Sarah Lois Vaughan 1924-1990 was one of jazz's greatest singers for almost half a century. By 1960 Vaughan had fully returned to her artistic strengths, and for the last 30 years of her career she sang in jazz clubs, concertized in auditoriums, and produced a remarkable body of recorded music for the Roulette, Mercury, Columbia, and Pablo labels. Her father was a carpenter and an amateur guitarist; her mother was a laundress and a church vocalist. When Miss Vaughan moved to the Mercury label in 1954, she was given the freedom to pursue a dual career as both a popular and jazz singer. In 1944 Eckstine left Hines's band to form his own and took Sarah as well as jazz greats and Charlie Parker with him.
While she continued to work without the massive commercial success enjoyed by colleagues such as Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, and Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan consistently retained a special place in the hearts of fellow musicians and audiences alike. Further Reading on Sarah Lois Vaughan There are countless articles on Sarah Vaughan but no full-length study as yet. The singer's later recordings ranged from an album of Beatles tunes to a collection of Brazilian pop songs. Where someone like Benny Goodman was able to split his musical image and record Mozart concerts, she wanted to perform precisely where she was. Foremost among the singers Miss Vaughan admired was the soprano Leontyne Price, to whom she bore more than a passing vocal resemblance. For the next 45 years she was to record virtually every jazz and pop standard against backgrounds that varied from small and big jazz ensembles to large studio bands and symphonic orchestras.
Additional information is available at the Sarah Vaughan Site at. Possessing perfect not relative pitch, she executed with seeming effortlessness the most challenging and intricate harmonies. In 1990, at the age sixty-six, Sarah Vaughan passed away. The best short piece is in Gary Giddins' Riding on a Blue Note 1981. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1924, Vaughan was immediately surrounded by music: her carpenter father was an amateur guitarist and her laundress mother was a church vocalist.
Within a year, however, Vaughan wanted to give a solo career a try. Gillespie -helped establish her reputation as a jazz singer. First Husband Was Her Manager During an extended engagement at Cafe Society Downtown in New York City, Miss Vaughan met George Treadwell, a trumpet player, whom she married. On that album, Vaughan's recording of September would be her last. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Miss Vaughan influenced countless other singers - including Phoebe Snow, Anita Baker, Sade and Rickie Lee Jones - and made hits of such songs as ''It's Magic,'' ''Make Yourself Comfortable'' and ''Broken-Hearted Melody. Advertisement She had her first hit in late 1947 with ''Tenderly,'' for the small Musicraft label.
Songs of Seduction Two of her biggest successes, ''Make Yourself Comfortable'' 1954 and ''Whatever Lola Wants'' 1955 , from the Broadway musical ''Damn Yankees,'' were songs of seduction in which her almost overripe timbre gave an extra edge of sensuality to come-hither messages. Vaughan died of in her suburban home on April 3, 1990. Where more idiosyncratic jazz artists like Billie Holiday excelled at interpretation, Miss Vaughan was a contralto who gloried in displaying the distinctive instrumental qualities of a voice that had a comfortable three-octave range and was marked by a voluptuous, heavy vibrato. It was for Pablo, run by the jazz producer Norman Granz, that she recorded the most critically acclaimed album of her career, ''How Long Has This Been Going On? Though her speaking voice deepened and darkened in later years, her singing retained a youthful suppleness and remarkably luscious timbre, and she could still project delicate but ringingly high coloratura passages. After a two-month stint in John Kirby's jazz group in the winter of 1945-46, she began a solo career. During the 1960's, she recorded briefly with Roulette, then again with Mercury and Columbia, and in the 70's and early 80's she made albums for Mainstream and Pablo. In 1949, she signed a five-year contract with Columbia Records, where she remained until 1954, recording mostly popular songs backed by studio orchestras.
After 1959, Miss Vaughan would never have any commercially significant pop hits. Vaughan was married four times: to bandleader George Treadwell, to professional football player Clyde Atkins, to restaurateur Marshall Fisher, and to jazz trumpeter Waymon Reed; all ended in divorce. She got kind of huffy, and said, 'Do you mean jazz isn't legit? The second, appropriated from the legendary actress Sarah Bernhardt, acknowledged her phenomenonally versatile voice. For the next 45 years she was to record virtually every jazz and pop standard against backgrounds that varied from small and big jazz ensembles to large studio bands and symphonic orchestras. A few months before her death, she had teamed up with producer Qunicy Jones to record some tracks for his Back on the Block album. In the audience that night was the singer Billy Eckstine.