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ABBEY LINCOLN
American jazz singer and civil rights activist. Born in Aug 6, 1930 in Chicago, IL and died in New York, Aug 14, 2010, at the age of 80. She passed away in a nursing home in Manhattan. No cause of death was given, but she had been in failing health since open-heart surgery in 2007.
In a career that spanned six decades, the Chicago-born singer recorded more than 20 albums, wrote her own songs, acted in several films and television shows and was a pioneering voice in the civil rights movement.
 
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A Tribute To Abbey Lincoln: Terrace Theater/Kennedy Center, Washington DC May 20, 2011
Abbey Lincoln was a singer-songwriter of uncommon depth and relevance. During her life, she actively mentored musicians and singers, populating her live band and recordings with the best and brightest. Four of her stellar successors, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson and Terri Lynne Carrington, graced the stage at the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center in fine and fitting tribute to the artistry of their Jazzy Godmother. Abbey Lincoln’s songbook is at once poetic and complex...
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