A celebrated singer who chalked up four Grammy nominations during a career spanning six decades has died. The Seattle Times reports that jazz songstress Ernestine Anderson died Thursday, March 10, in the Seattle area. She was 87.
“Vivian Phillips, a family friend, reported that the singer passed away ‘peacefully, surrounded by her family,'” the paper reports.
The report adds: “Over the course of a six-decade career, Ms. Anderson received four Grammy nominations and performed all over the world, from the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to the first Monterey Jazz Festival, in 1958, and at festivals in South America, Europe and Japan. She was included in the Smithsonian Institution’s ‘Jazz Singers’ anthology and along with notables such as Alice Walker and Shirley Chisholm in photographer Brian Lanker’s tribute to African-American women, ‘I Dream a World.’”
Anderson recorded more than 30 albums during the course of her career. Here’s an audio clip of her rendition of “I’m Walkin'” …