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us: Lincoln, Abbey



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    • us: Moseka, Aminata
    • us: Wooldridge, Anna Marie
    • us: Lee, Gaby
    • us: Lincoln, Abby
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    • found: Sessions live with Buddy Collette Quintet & Abbey Lincoln [SR] p1976.
    • found: WW Black Amer., 1990/91 (Moseka, Aminata (Abbey Lincoln); actress, director)
    • found: WW Amer. women, 1972/73 (Lincoln, Abbey (Anna Marie Wooldridge); singer; b. Chicago, 8/6/1930; performed under name Gaby Lee)
    • found: New York times WWW site, Aug. 16, 2010 (in obituary published Aug. 14: Abbey Lincoln; b. Anna Marie Wooldridge, Aug. 6, 1930, Chicago; took the name Abbey Lincoln as a symbolic conjoining of Westminster Abbey and Abraham Lincoln; d. Saturday [Aug. 14, 2010], Manhattan, aged 80; singer whose dramatic vocal command and tersely poetic songs made her a singular figure in jazz; during a visit to Africa in 1972, received two honorary appellations from political officials: Moseka, in Zaire, and Aminata, in Guinea; Moseka would occasionally serve as her surname)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed February 19, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Lincoln, Abbey; Anna Marie Wooldridge; Gaby Lee; “Aminata”; “Moseka”; jazz singer, composer / arranger, stage / screen actor; born 06 August 1930 in Michigan, United States; began to perform at the Moulin Rouge in Los Angeles; met the lyricist Bob Russell who became her manager; made the album “Affair Story of a Girl in Love” and appeared in the movie “The Girl Can't Help It” (1956); recorded albums transitioning to jazz “That's Him” (1957), “It's Magic” (1958), and “Abbey is Blue” (1959); recorded “Straight Ahead” for the journalist Nat Hentoff's Candid label (1960); became the voice for “We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite” (Candid, 1960); acted in the films “Nothing But a Man” (1964) and “For Love of Ivy” (1968); made a life-changing trip to Africa (1972); signed with Gitanes (the French arm of Universal) (1990); worked on projects with acclaimed guests: “You Gotta Pay the Band” (1991), “When There is Love” (1993), “Who Used to Dance” (1996); received an NEA Jazz Masters Award (2003); Columbia University presented a symposium on her life and works titled “For Love of Abbey” (2001); died 14 August 2010 in New York, New York, United States)
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