Sassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1993 - Music - 302 pages
The first biography of the woman with the greatest voice in jazz history. Sarah Vaughan played the organ in church and sang in the choir, but by her early 20s she was singing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Billy Eckstein, helping them invent bebop. 32 photographs.

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The rise of the amazing singer, Sarah Vaughan, from show-stopping teenaged songstress at the Apollo Theater, to the heights of the classical music world, with her collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas. How she stayed "Sassy" all the way, and never missed a beat. Read full review

SASSY: The Life of Sarah Vaughan

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Life of the ``Divine One,'' by the author of the well-received Nat King Cole bio Unforgettable (1991). Gourse has a lively subject in Vaughan (1924-90), whose voice was a soaring and dipping bebop ... Read full review


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About the Author:
Leslie Gourse is a freelance writer whose books on jazz includeSassy: The Life of Sarah Vaughan, Unforgettable: The Life and Mystique of Nat King Cole, and Louis's Children, an acclaimed history of jazz singing. In 1991, she received an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for a series of articles on women

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