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us: Jefferson, Eddie, 1918-1979

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    • us: Jefferson, Edgar, 1918-1979
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    • Birth Place

        (naf) Pittsburgh (Pa.)
    • Death Place

        (naf) Detroit (Mich.)
    • Associated Locale

        (naf) United States
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: (naf) Zephyrs (Musical group)
        • Organization: (naf) Coleman Hawkins Orchestra
        • Organization: (naf) Artistic Truth (Musical Group)
        • Organization: (naf) Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
    • Has Affiliation

        • Organization: Zebra Lounge (Musical Group)
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    • Occupation

        (lcsh) Jazz singers
          (lcsh) Dancers
            (lcsh) Lyricists
              (lcsh) Soldiers
          • Sources

            • found: Cole, R. Alto madness [SR] c1978 (a.e.) container (Eddie Jefferson, vocals)
            • found: New Grove dict. of jazz (Jefferson, Eddie (Edgar); b. 8-3-18, Pittsburgh, d. 5-9-79, Detroit; singer, lyricist, and dancer)
            • found: African American National Biography, accessed February 18, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Jefferson, Eddie; Edgar Jefferson; jazz singer, dancer, lyricist, soldier; born 03 August 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; danced and sang with the Zephyrs at the Chicago World's Fair (1933); performed with Coleman Hawkins's big band at Dave's in Chicago; credited with the innovation of setting lyrics to recorded instrumental jazz improvisations, thus creating what has come to be known as “vocalese”; stayed for sixteen years, both as Moody's singer and as his manager; worked with King Pleasure at the Zebra Lounge in Los Angeles (1957); under his own name recorded the album Body and Soul; joined Artistic Truth, the band of the drummer Roy Brooks, (1974-1975); performed on the PBS television show Sound Stage; sang in concert with Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter at Carnegie Hall (23 March 1979); made a film, “Eddie Jefferson: Live at the Showcase”; died 09 May 1979 in Detroit, Michigan, United States)
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            • 1982-03-23: new
            • 2015-04-15: revised
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