Vocalist Sheila Jordan's 70 Years in Jazz

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Jazz vocalist Shelia Jordan on her 80th birthday

Jazz singer Sheila Jordan grew up in poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country and began singing as a child. She tells us about her influences—most have been instrumentalists rather than singers—and about her career in jazz. After moving to New York in the early 1950s, she married Charlie Parker's pianist, Duke Jordan, and studied with Lennie Tristano, but it was not until the early 1960s that she made her first recordings. In 2012, Jordan received the highest honor in jazz music, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award.