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Adelaide Hall was an American-born jazz singer whose improvisational wordless rhythms ushered in what became known as scat.
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Jazz singer Adelaide Hall was born in Brooklyn, NY on Oct. 20, 1901. In 1921 she made her professional debut as a chorus member in the benchmark Shuffle Along. She later appeared in Runnin' Wild before launching a 1926 European tour as the star of Chocolate Kiddies. After returning to the United States, Hall toured in vaudeville and appeared on Broadway. Hall continued to perform into her 90s.
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Jazz vocalists have made immeasurable contributions to the American songbook. Not only was Louis Armstrong renowned for his innovations as a trumpet soloist, but he also had a distinctive, gravelly voice that incorporated swing and humor. A host of other jazz singers enjoyed great popularity in the mid-20th century, including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne and Nina Simone. Several established careers in film and television as well. Contemporary artists like Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall continue to carry the musical baton.
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