Barbara Lea

Barbara Lea (actually: Barbara LeCoq, born April 10, 1929 in Detroit, † December 26, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina) was an American jazz singer and actress.

Life and work

Lea is a descendant of the French composer Alexander LeCoq. She studied music theory in 1951 at Wellesley College. The early 1950s, she began - influenced by her idol Lee Wiley - perform as a singer. 1954 originated in New York first recordings with musicians Eddie Barefield, Pee Wee Erwin, Cutty Cutshall and George Wettling; 1955 published by Riverside Records released their debut album A Woman in Love with the Billy Taylor Trio, and Jimmy Shirley and Johnny wind Hurst. From 1961 to 1980 she worked as an actress ( Rebellion in Cuba); From 1970 she taught acting and speaking at various institutes. From the late 1980s, she performed with several big bands, including Bob January, Loren Schoenberg, Ed Polcer and Benny Goodman.

Leonard Feather quoted in his appreciation of the critic Mike Butcher:

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