She is a jazz vocalist, songwriter,
And actress. She writes and performs
Her own jazz compositions.
She was greatly influenced by the work
Of Billie Holiday.
She sang on the landmark jazz civil
Rights recording, We Insist! - Freedom
Now Suite (1960) produced by jazz
Musician Max Roach and was married
To him from 1962 to 1970.
- Lester Perkins
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