Sissieretta Jones: The Greatest Singer of Her Race, 1868-1933 (Paperback)Maureen Donnelly Lee (author)
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Serving as a role model for other African American women who came after her, Jones became a successful performer despite the many challenges she faced. She confronted head on the social difficulties African American performers endured during the rise of Jim Crow segregation. Throughout her career Jones was a concert singer performing ballads and operatic pieces, and she eventually went on to star in her own musical comedy company, the Black Patti Troubadours. Critics praised Jones as America's leading African American prima donna, with some even dubbing her voice one in a million.
Lee's research, utilising many black newspapers, such as the New York Age and the Indianapolis Freeman, concert reviews, and court documents brings overdue recognition to an important historical songstress. Sissieretta Jones: ""The Greatest Singer of Her Race", 1868-1933 provides a comprehensive, moving portrait of Jones and a vivid overview of the exciting world in which she performed.
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 218 x 145 x 23 mm
"I have long awaited someone like Maureen Lee who would take a closer look at Sissieretta Jones, Rhode Island's and the nation's most successful African American singer during a difficult age. The result is a stunning biography of piercing intensity and beauty."--Ray Rickman, Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
"Maureen Lee has provided a detailed and highly informative review of a sadly neglected superstar singer of the American concert and vaudeville stage at the beginning of the twentieth century. The remarkable life and accomplishments of the 'Black Patti' . . . need to be more fully incorporated into the broad cultural story of America in order to understand the true diversity of our country's entertainment history."--Thomas L. Riis, director, author of Just before Jazz: Black Musical Theater in New York 1890-1915
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