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Rita Reys (full name: Maria Everdina Reys, born Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 21 December 1924 - died Breukelen, The Netherlands, 28 July 2013) was a Dutch jazz vocalist who, at the 1960 French jazz festival of Juan-Les-Pins, received the title "Europe's First Lady of Jazz".

Her first husband, jazz drummer Wessel Icken, introduced her into the jazz scene around 1943. She recorded dozens of albums: with her own sextet, with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers (in 1956) and - more than with… read more

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  • Rest in peace, Rita!!!
  • R.I.P.
  • Rest in peace, Dame Rita...
  • The Dutch (Royal) Lady of Jazz
  • Zij is één van de, zoniet de allerbeste NL artiest ooit. Als we het over 100 % kwaliteit leveren over zo'n lange periode, dan is er maar 1 en niemand tipt aan Rita ! Nogsteeds actief.. ongelooflijkk lekkere tijdloze stem, heldin v/d jazz !
  • Someone who the Dutch can be proud of!!
  • I need more Rita Reys, and so does everybody else.
  • She is my neighbour!
  • The grand Lady of jazz
  • very beautiful music ;)

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