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Author and Two Singers Honor Lena Horne

Jazz vocal legend saluted by James Gavin, Rebecca Parris and Paula West

Lena Horne
Lena Horne, New York 1994 (photo: Carol Friedman)
James Gavin, author of Lena Horne biography
Rebecca Parris and Paula West
Paula West, performing at tribute to Lena Horne

Singer, actress, dancer and civil rights activist Lena Horne turns 93 this June 30. She hasn’t performed since the early 1990s and has been out of the public eye for the past 10 years. But she isn’t out of the hearts of singers – or music fans who loved her work.

That was clear Saturday night (April 24) when “Stormy Weather,” a multi-media tribute show about Horne, premiered at Scullers jazz club in Boston. It featured singers Rebecca Parris and Paula West, and pertinent narrative from author James Gavin, whose book, “Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne,” was published in hard cover last year and is just out in soft cover. The premiere was also scheduled in tandem with the launch of a new Verve CD, Lena Horne Sings: The MGM Singles Collection.

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