Sarah Vaughan: Her Life and Music
Drawing from her book “Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan,” biographer Elaine Hayes discusses the life, legacy and music of this genre-defying vocalist. Throughout her forty-seven year career, Vaughan (1924-1990) always insisted on singing her own way, even when profit-driven record executives, disgruntled jazz critics and fans, or simply society at large didn’t want her to. This talk explores how she, as a woman and black American, accomplished this.
Elaine Hayes is a historian, author and Rufus King High School graduate. She earned her doctorate in musicology from the University of Pennsylvania and currently lives in Seattle with her husband and son.