Sullivan, Maxine, 1911-1987

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Dates:
Birth 1911-05-13
Death 1987-04-07
Americans

Biographical notes:

African-American jazz soloist Maxine Sullivan was known for her cool and arresting "whispering voice," soothing style, gentle rhythmic phrasing, and intricate swing delivery. She became well known in the late 1930s for her swing performance of the Scottish traditional ballad "Loch Lomond." The song became her signature piece and catapulted her career. During this period Sullivan performed as the main act at the Onyx Club on 52nd Street alongside bassist John Kirby and his band. The two married in 1938 but were divorced three years later. In 1950 Sullivan married pianist Cliff Jackson. Excluding a ten-year break she took from show-business in 1957, Sullivan's career spanned four decades. Sullivan was also popular with jazz enthusiasts outside of the United States and she toured internationally several times.

From the description of Maxine Sullivan papers, 1936-1987 (bulk 1970-1987) (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 318197368

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Subjects:

  • Women jazz musicians
  • African American women entertainers
  • African American women in popular culture
  • Jazz singers
  • Women singers
  • African American women jazz singers
  • African American women singers
  • Jazz musicians
  • Swing (music)
  • Jazz--Lead sheets
  • African American musicians

Occupations:

  • Performer

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)