Saturday, January 30, 2010

R.I.P.: Joyce Collins

(born May 5, 1930, Battle Mountain, NV, USA;
died January 3, 2010, North Hollywood, CA, USA)
Reminiscences about Joyce Collins published by jazz historian Doug Ramsey on his essential blog.

A short bio by Scott Yanow from All Music Guide:
A fine pianist/vocalist based in the Los Angeles area who has also been a popular jazz educator, Joyce Collins was with the Frankie Carle band (1954) and with Oscar Pettiford (1955) before settling in Los Angeles. She worked regularly with Bob Cooper at the Lighthouse in the late '50s and recorded a trio album for Riverside in 1960. Collins toured Europe and Mexico with her trio, gigged with Benny Carter, recorded with the Gene Estes Big Band (1969), and toured with Paul Horn in 1969, but has mostly worked locally including in the studios. She played and recorded with Bill Henderson and led record sessions for Discovery (1981) and Audiophile (1990). ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

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