Jean Kittrell

Jean Kittrell

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Jean Kittrell has long been both a confident vocalist inspired by Bessie Smith and an excellent stride and swing pianist. She played piano as a youth in church where she also used to sing hymns solo. Kittrell majored in music theory at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi. However she did not start her career as a jazz performer until she was 30 in 1957. She began by accompanying her husband trumpeter Ed Kittrell. They organized and led the Chesapeake Bay Jass Band in Norfolk, V... Read more

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