The music of vocalist Dinah Washington, who was known as Miss D, or The Queen will be featured on Rhythm and Grooves (10:30 - Midnight, Tuesdays) on February 19. Washington was at home in any genre - jazz, blues, or pop - and was a prolific recording artist. Born in 1924, she died at the age of 39.
Washington came to prominence in Lionel Hampton's band and recorded her first solo record in 1943. Her gritty voice was marked by clear enunciation and bluesy phrasing. During the fifties, her label (Mercury) would often have her cover pop hits for a black audience. The results were distinctly her own. Washington's jazz sides were swinging affairs, with sidemen like Clifford Brown and Max Roach, among others.
Host Larry Englund will play recordings from throughout Washington's career, including a rare, 21 minute, 8 song medley recorded with just piano and flute accompaniment, and not released until 2004. A musical based on her life was performed to acclaim at the Ordway Theater in Saint Paul a few years ago.