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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the many things that happened after Nina last played the Queen Mary Room at the Rittenhouse Hotel—so many that she might have forgotten her free performance at a 1957 benefit for disabled children. The officers at the Mildred Malschick Fuhrman Charities, however, hadn't. They were sponsoring the first annual jazz festival at Philadelphia's Academy of Music March 13, and they wanted Nina. This time she would be paid $2,000 for two performances as the headliner, even though the Dizzy Gillespie quintet, the Four Freshmen, and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers were also on the bill. A few days before the event, Nina sat down with Frank Brookhouser of the Bulletin, who was still writing his “Man About Town” column, and together they traced her trajectory from child star in the church to acclaimed jazz singer.

Keywords:   Queen Mary Room, free performance, disabled children, annual jazz festival, Dizzy Gillespie quintet, Four Freshmen, Art Blakey, Jazz Messengers

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