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Teri Thornton’s career as a jazz singer was a notably roller-coaster affair, moving from early struggles to success and back to obscurity again, before enjoying a remarkable final flourish in the last two years of her life. Her final comeback was sparked by winning the vocalist section of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 1998, an honour usually given to young performers.

Thornton was already in her early 60s when she took the prize. Her dark, slightly… read more

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  • Avatar for 1969SL
    The more I listen to Thornton,the more I like her. Passionate,authoritative, virtuoso improviser... falls somewhere between Dinah Washington and Betty Carter but with her own distinctive and recognizable sound. Excellent.

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