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Subject: Jazz singer Ernestine Anderson dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/14/16 at 10:37 am

Jazz star Ernestine Anderson - whose voice Quincy Jones called "the sound of honey at dusk" - has died at the age of 87.

A singer from the day she was born (she could allegedly mimic Bessie Smith's raw vocals at the age of three) she refined her skills in church, and was enlisted to trumpeter Russell Jacquet's big band after winning a talent competition at the age of 12.

She went on to sing with Johnny Otis, performed at the inauguration of US President Eisenhower, and played over the world, from the Carnegie Hall to festivals in South America, Japan and London - where she set up home in the 1960s.

Anderson earned four Grammy nominations during her career - two of which came in the 1990s when she signed to Quincy Jones' Qwest label.

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