Rebecca Parris , a husky-voiced jazz singer known for both her blistering scat runs and her deeply affecting interpretations of ballads, died on June 17 in South Yarmouth, Mass. She was Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Marla Kleman, who said Ms. Parris had collapsed after a performance and was taken to Cape Cod Hospital, where she died. No cause was given, but Ms. Kleman said Ms.
A blonde, zaftig, vivacious earth mother with a voice as deep and swaggering as a tenor saxophone, Parris could blow on a standard with freewheeling imagination worthy of Ben Webster, and she swung just as hard. But it was as a worldly wise storyteller-in-song that she left her deepest mark. Her classes had a motivational zeal. Acknowledge being in the room with them. Acknowledge our similarities. Parris earned the respect not just of McRae but also of Sarah Vaughan and Shirley Horn, both of whom were her friends. On the walls of her home in Duxbury, Mass. Although she never quite broke through on a national level, her career was studded with proud moments. The hard knocks came in equal number.
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The event is free of charge and open to the public. This event is FREE of charge and open to the public. Noted jazz singer Rebecca Parris died this past weekend at age She played in the top venues here, nationally, and abroad She had been in declining health for years. Reports are that she collapsed after leaving the stage following a performance on Cape Cod.. Local jazz icon Rebecca Parris dies at 66 A composer wrote it and Rebecca Parris would rewrite it, building the plane as she flew it, with dips and yaws and banks you never saw coming. JazzTimes, by James Gavin, June
She has been called Boston's "First Lady of Jazz. Noted jazz singer Rebecca Parris died this past weekend at age She played in the top venues here, nationally, and abroad She had been in declining health for years. Reports are that she collapsed after leaving the stage following a performance on Cape Cod and passed away at a hospital on Cape Cod Sunday night. The following transcript has been edited for clarity. Barbara Howard : Now I understand you two shared a house with Rebecca Parris, which was her longtime family home, in Duxbury.