Clare Teal's Jazz Divas

Clare Teal celebrates a collection of the worlds greatest female jazz performers, the Jazz Divas.

Women in Jazz were, until recently, traditionally regarded as singers who graced the bandstand wearing flowing gowns and looking pretty, musical eye candy whilst the men got all the glory.

Now Clare Teal, a Jazz Diva in her own right dispels this nonsense once and for all!

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20080530

4/5.

Clare Teal celebrates the greatest female jazz musicians and pays tribute to American vocalists named Helen: Helen Ward, Helen Forrest, Helen O'Connell and Helen Marrill.

20080606

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British Divas: Clare Teal pays tribute to singers including Beryl Davis, Marjorie Stedeford, Elisabeth Welch, Anne Lenner, Anne Shelton, Dorothy Squires and Dorothy Carless.

0101Anita O'day2007011220080502

Clare Teal celebrates a collection of the worlds greatest female jazz performers, the Jazz Divas.

Women in Jazz were, until recently, traditionally regarded as singers who graced the bandstand wearing flowing gowns and looking pretty, musical eye candy whilst the men got all the glory.

Now Clare Teal, a Jazz Diva in her own right dispels this nonsense once and for all!

0102Dinah Washington2007011920080509

One of the most versatile and gifted vocalists in American popular music history, Dinah Washington made extraordinary recordings in jazz, blues, R&B and light pop and could have done the same in gospel had she chosen to record in that mode.

She remains the biggest influence on most black female singers, particularly in R&B and soul, who have come to prominence since the mid-1950s.

She was only 39 and still in peak musical form when she died from an accidental overdose of diet pills and alcohol in 1963.

0103Connie Boswell And Ella Fitzgerald2007012620080516
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0105British Singers Of The Dance Band Era20070209
0106 LASTCarrying A Torch20070216

Clare Teal concludes her series celebrating a collection of the world's greatest female jazz musicians, examining the nature of the 'torch song'.