Sheila Jordan

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Sheila Jordan
Sheila Jordan (b. Sheila Jeanette Dawson; November 18, 1928, Detroit, Michigan) is an American jazz singer and songwriter. Jordan has recorded as a session musician with an array of critically acclaimed artists in addition to a solo career. Jordan pioneered a bebop and scat jazz singing style with an upright bass as the only accompaniment. Jordan's music has earned praise from many critics, particularly for her ability to improvise entire lyrics; Scott Yanow describes her as "[o]ne of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers." Charlie "Bird" Parker would regularly introduce Jordan as "the singer with the million dollar ears."

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