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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elaine M. Hayes Narrator: Allyson Johnson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2017 ISBN: 9780062681805
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Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake, yet the breadth and depth of her impact—not just as an artist, but also as an African American woman—remain overlooked.

Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as on exclusive interviews with Vaughan’s friends and former colleagues, Queen of Bebop unravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius. Hayes traces influence that Vaughan’s singing had on the perception and appreciation of vocalists—not to mention women—in jazz. She reveals how, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Vaughan helped desegregate American airwaves, opening doors for future African American artists seeking mainstream success, while also setting the stage for the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 1970s. She follows Vaughan from her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and her first performances at the Apollo, to the Waldorf Astoria and on to the world stage, breathing life into a thrilling time in American music nearly lost to us today.

Equal parts biography, criticism, and American success story, Queen of Bebop is the definitive biography of a hugely influential artist. This absorbing and sensitive treatment updates and corrects the historical record on Vaughan and elevates her status as a jazz great.

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  • “A lively and moving portrait of the passionate and tenacious jazz singer…A detailed look at a fearless singer who constantly moved into new musical territories.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This inspiring book about an artist who disliked being labeled traces Vaughan’s life and its intersection of music with race and gender.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Elaine Hayes holds a doctorate in music history and is a recognized expert on Sarah Vaughan and women in jazz. She served as the editor of Earshot Jazz and a contributing writer to Seattle magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son.

About the Narrator

Allyson Johnson is an actress and singer who began performing in her hometown of Chicago at age twelve as coanchor of Bubble Gum Digest, a weekly children’s television news program, for which she won an Emmy. After earning a degree in psychology from Brown University, she moved to New York where she became a social worker before shifting to a career in television and radio. As a professional voice-over actress for more than twelve years, Johnson has recorded countless commercials, promos, audiobooks, narrations, and animation series.