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Jefferson, Eddie, 1918-1979

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Personal name headingJefferson, Eddie, 1918-1979
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Variant(s)Jefferson, Edgar, 1918-1979
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date19180803
Death date19790509
Place of birthPittsburgh (Pa.)
Place of deathDetroit (Mich.)
AffiliationZephyrs (Musical group) Coleman Hawkins Orchestra Artistic Truth (Musical Group) Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Zebra Lounge (Musical Group)
Profession or occupationJazz singers Dancers Lyricists Soldiers
Found inCole, R. Alto madness [SR] c1978 (a.e.) container (Eddie Jefferson, vocals)
New Grove dict. of jazz (Jefferson, Eddie (Edgar); b. 8-3-18, Pittsburgh, d. 5-9-79, Detroit; singer, lyricist, and dancer)
African American National Biography, accessed February 18, 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Jefferson, Eddie; Edgar Jefferson; jazz singer, dancer, lyricist, soldier; born 03 August 1918 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; danced and sang with the Zephyrs at the Chicago World's Fair (1933); performed with Coleman Hawkins's big band at Dave's in Chicago; credited with the innovation of setting lyrics to recorded instrumental jazz improvisations, thus creating what has come to be known as “vocalese”; stayed for sixteen years, both as Moody's singer and as his manager; worked with King Pleasure at the Zebra Lounge in Los Angeles (1957); under his own name recorded the album Body and Soul; joined Artistic Truth, the band of the drummer Roy Brooks, (1974-1975); performed on the PBS television show Sound Stage; sang in concert with Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter at Carnegie Hall (23 March 1979); made a film, “Eddie Jefferson: Live at the Showcase”; died 09 May 1979 in Detroit, Michigan, United States)