NPR logo

Jazz Singer And Activist Abbey Lincoln

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1232841/99767732" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Jazz Singer And Activist Abbey Lincoln

Music Interviews

Jazz Singer And Activist Abbey Lincoln

Jazz Singer And Activist Abbey Lincoln

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1232841/99767732" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Abbey Lincoln

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln has been a master of originality since her career began in the late 50's. Adger W. Cowans hide caption

toggle caption Adger W. Cowans

If the overall goal of a jazz musician is to achieve originality, then Abbey Lincoln's been a master since the late '50s.

Today she's considered one of the few divas of her genre. She's a bit of a firebrand, known for her passion and honesty. She's an artistic maverick who's spent a lifetime going her own way. In the process, she's become one of the most influential female jazz singers of our time, an achievement that isn't lost on her.

Her world-weary timbre gets at the root of a phrase. She plays with the time and the shape of melody in the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and especially Billie Holiday. The result is an emotional punch that even today leaves audiences breathless.

Click the "Listen Now" link above to hear Roy Hurst interview Abbey Lincoln.

Related NPR Stories

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.