Tag: R.I.P.

In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

On May 9, 2010, Lena Mary Calhoun Horne, professionally known as Lena Horne, passed away.  A talented actress, engaged social activist, and sublime vocalist, Lena Horne was one of the first female jazz vocalists that I fell in love with. I got introduced to Jazz music in middle school at the same time I delved into musical theater.  There was a musical called “Show Boat” (a … Read More In Memoriam | Lena Horne | 1917-2010

In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003

On this day, February 21, 1933, Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone, was born.  Below are videos of her performing live some of my favorite songs from her catalog. 1.  “Black is the Colour (Of My True Love’s Hair)”  2. “I Loves You, Porgy”  3. “Backlash Blues” (Written by Langston Hughes)  4. “I Put A Spell On You”  I was able to find a recording … Read More In Memoriam | Nina Simone | 1933-2003