Jones [Joyner], (Matilda) Sissieretta [Black Patti ]
- Josephine Wright
[Black Patti ]
(b Portsmouth, VA, Jan 5, 1868; d Providence, RI, June 24, 1933). American soprano. From the age of 15 she studied singing in Providence, Rhode Island, and later studied privately in Boston at the New England Conservatory, and with Louise Cappiani and a Mme Scongia in London. On 5 April 1888 she made her debut, at Steinway Hall, New York, in a Bergen Star Concert. From 1888 to 1895 she toured the United States, Canada, Europe, and the West Indies as a soloist, attracting national attention with her well-publicized appearances at the Grand Negro Jubilee at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, and the 1892 Pittsburgh Exposition. She sang in the Women’s Pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on 25 September 1893 but did not perform in the Colored Americans Day concert on 25 August 1893, as originally announced. She was invited to sing at the White House by Benjamin Harrison in ...