Sophisticated Ladies: the Great Women of Jazz Prime –

This handsome volume contains the stories of fourteen fabulous women, blues and jazz singers all Their art reflected their backgroundsoften small, poverty ridden towns in the Southand the influence of musicians who preceded them Each singer adapted the culture of jazz and wove it into her own personal style Jazz historian Leslie Gourses biographies of Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mildred Bailey, Mabel Mercer, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita ODay, Peggy Lee, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Betty Carter, Rosemary Clooney, Cassandra Wilson, and Diana Krall offer a fascinating glimpse into American history and a continually evolving musical genre