Abbey Lincoln

March is Women’s History Month and Jazz icon, composer, lyricist and performer Abbey Lincoln is the featured artist at WNCU for March 2018.

Known for her versatile talents, her passion for civil rights and justice and her unique, earthy sound live on in her music and her films.

Born Anna Marie Woolridge in 1930, Lincoln spent her formative years in Michigan. When spending time in New York City, she would go to the Blue Note Club and hear the great jazz artists of the day.

In 1960, she was heard on Max Roach’s album, We Insist, which became part of Roach’s important works during the civil rights movement. An outspoken civil rights activist herself, her lyrics often reflected the ideals of the movement and helped in generating passion for the cause across America.

In the 1980’s, Lincoln recorded over 10 albums for Verve Records and this body of work clearly elevated her compositions to legendary status, not only in her compelling lyrics, but her passionate, vocal stylings that are unmatched.

Abbey Lincoln died on August 14, 2010 in Manhattan. Many vocalists today, such as DeeDee Bridgewater, pay homage to Ms. Lincoln as their inspiration. Her music is still performed and celebrated worldwide as some of the most influential compositions in the jazz lexicon.

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