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Francine Griffin

Francine Griffin

As a jazz vocalist, Francine “Song Bird” Griffin has worked with and dazzled many of the masters of bebop, from Tadd Dameron to Sonny Stitt. Yet despite their urgings for her to seek her fortune in New York, Griffin remained in Cincinnati raising a family and working underground.

It was in the ’60s when she hung out at two or three clubs in Cincinnati that featured major jazz performers, and she was lucky enough to sing “with some of the toughest musicians who ever came to town,” she says. “I wasn’t getting paid when I sang with cats like Wynton Kelly, Sonny Stitt, Miles, or Coltrane, but that’s how I kept up with what was going on. Dizzy always told me to come to New York, but I couldn’t go because my kids were too small and I didn’t want to raise them there.”

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