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Singer Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87

Jazz’s “best kept secret” had a six-decade career

Ernestine Anderson

Vocalist Ernestine Anderson, whose six-decade career earned her four Grammy nominations, died March 10 in Shoreline, Wash. No cause of death was reported. Anderson was 87.

Anderson, who last released a new studio album in 2009, was described by Time magazine in 1958 as possessing a “voice, sweet and strong above the rhythm section, [that] curls around the lyrics like a husky caress.” The magazine named her “the best kept jazz secret in the land” and around the same time San Francisco jazz journalist Ralph J. Gleason called her “the best new jazz singer in a decade.”

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