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date: 19 January 2020

Wilson, Nancy (Sue)locked

  • Michael J. Budds
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld



(b Chillicothe, OH, Feb 20, 1937; d Pioneertown, CA, Dec 13, 2018). Singer. She gained early experience in nightclubs and on television shows in Columbus, Ohio, and on a tour of the Midwest and Canada with Rusty Bryant’s band (1956–8). In 1959 she sang in Columbus with the quintet led by Cannonball Adderley, who encouraged her to go to New York. She obtained a recording contract with Capitol Records and soon received national recognition; her singing drew immediate accolades from established jazz musicians and she was hailed as a major new artist. She appeared in concert halls, nightclubs, and jazz clubs in the USA and Europe, and made several recordings, notably with Adderley and George Shearing. After concentrating on a career in popular music, Wilson resumed her associations with leading jazz musicians, recording in Belgrade in 1978, and touring Japan and recording with Hank Jones’s Great Jazz Trio (...

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