Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Nancy Wilson, Grammy winning jazz singer, dies at 81

Her manager and publicist Devra Hall Levy said she died peacefully at her home in Pioneertown, California after a long illness, however, the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

One user tweeted their condolences to Anne Wilson, the sister of Nancy Lamoureaux Wilson.

Grammy-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson has died at the age of 81. Her repertory is a treatise on variety and taste, spun by a voice of agile grace and knowing jazz inflection and phrasing.

Among her many accolades, Nancy received an NACCP Image Award in 1998. She earned her first Grammy (for best R&B performance) in 1965 for How Glad I Am, and later took home the prize for best jazz vocal album in 2005 for R.S.V.P (Rare Songs, Very Personal) and in 2007 for Turned to Blue.

Song Stylist: Although she was often described as a jazz singer, she preferred the term "song stylist" to better capture the breadth of her repertoire, which included jazz, pop, R&B, soul, and showtunes. I got to know Sting and the gentleman that he is when we were both awarded honorary doctoral degrees from [Boston's] Berklee School of Music on the same day. "I consider myself an interpreter of the lyric".

Notable quote: "I do not do runs and-you know".

Nancy Wilson holds her Grammy award for best jazz vocal album for

"The music that I sing today was the pop music of the 1960s", she told The San Francisco Chronicle in 2010.

She won an Emmy for her series "The Nancy Wilson Show" (1974 - 1975).

Wilson also had a prolific career in television, film and radio, and featured in shows such as "Hawaii Five-O", and "Police Story".

Wilson was married to jazz drummer Kenny Dennis from 1960 until 1970, during which they had one son, Kacy.

She leaves behind three children and five grandchildren.

In accordance with Wilson's wishes, there will be no funeral service, a family statement said. However, a celebration of her life will likely will held in February.

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