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A legendary singer/pianist and outspoken activist, Nina Simone started playing music as a three-year-old in North Carolina before relocating to New York City and studying at Juilliard. She began performing in clubs during the mid-'50s and released her first album, Little Girl Blues, in 1958. She'd go on to record more than 40 albums for a variety of labels, rack up several hit singles, play at Carnegie Hall and the Newport Jazz Festival, become heavily involved in the civil rights movement, and influence countless other artists with her unique blend of jazz, blues, pop, soul, and gospel. High Priestess of Soul was released in 1967 and finds her alongside a full band assembled by famed composer/arranger Hal Mooney. Here she puts her own spin on selections from Chuck Berry ("Brown Eyed Handsome Man"), Duke Ellington ("The Gal from Joe's"), and Nat Adderley ("Work Song").

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Biography

Born: February 21, 1933 in Tryon, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Nina Simone was one of the most gifted vocalists of her generation, and also one of the most eclectic. Simone was a singer, pianist, and songwriter who bent genres to her will rather than allowing herself to be confined by their boundaries; her work swung back and forth between jazz, blues, soul, classical, R&B, pop, gospel, and world music, with passion, emotional honesty, and a strong grasp of technique as the constants of her musical career. Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in Tryon,...
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