Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist, Died at 87

Ernestine Anderson was born on November 11, 1928, and died on March 10, 2016.

He was an American jazz and blues singer.

Over the years in her career, which spans more than six decades, she recorded over 30 albums.

Ernestine was nominated four times for a Grammy Award.

Ernestine Anderson has performed at places such as the Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Monterey Jazz Festival (six times over a 33-year span), as well as at jazz festivals all over the world.

Anderson joined Qwest Records in the 90s, the label of fellow Garfield High School grad Quincy Jones.

At age eighteen, Ernestine left Seattle, to tour for a year with the Johnny Otis band.

During 1952, Anderson went on tour with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra. After a year with the legendary band, she settled in New York, determined to make her way as a singer.

Anderson appearance on Gigi Gryce’s 1955 album Nica’s Tempo (Savoy) led to a partnership with trumpeter Rolf Ericson for a three-month Scandinavian tour.

However, Anderson first album in the United States was made after her debut album, recorded in Sweden and released here by Mercury Records under the title Hot Cargo (1958) the dean of America jazz critics, Ralph J. Gleason, began airing it on his hit-making radio show.

Ernestine Anderson passed away at 87 yrs old.