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About Marilyn Moore

b. 16 June 1931, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, d. March 1992, Florida, USA. Born into a show business family, Moore began performing at the age of three, singing and dancing in the finale of her familys vaudeville act. As a teenager, she decided to concentrate on singing and soon turned to jazz, working in clubs in Oklahoma City and Chicago. In 1949 she sang with Woody Herman, then with Charlie Ventura and by the early 50s had settled in New York. She sang with various groups, including those led by Ray McKinley, Boyd Raeburn and Al Cohn, whom she married in 1953. They had two children, Lisa and Joe Cohn (now a leading jazz guitarist), and Moores life became focused upon her home and family. In 1957, however, she was invited to record for Bethlehem and the resulting album, on which she is backed by Cohn, Joe Wilder, Don Abney, Barry Galbraith and other leading jazzmen, attracted a great deal of interest. The following year, she was cast in a jazz show, Oh Captain!, recorded by MGM Records in which Coleman Hawkins, Art Farmer, Oscar Pettiford and Harry Sweets Edison also appeared. Soon afterwards, Moore and Cohn were divorced and once again she was tied to home-making and family-raising. Despite a deep desire to go back to professional singing and make more records, she never returned. A warm and sensitive voice marked Moores work and in her phrasing and overall style there is evidence of her affinity for Billie Holiday. Overlooked and under-recorded (the MGM album was swiftly deleted and never reissued), the quality of Moores singing on her first album, reissued on CD in 1990, marks her out as one of the great losses to the world of jazz.

Oklahoma City, OK
Jun 16, 1931