Queens of Jazz – The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas

August 6, 2014

Andrew White

Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas
(Sara Vaughan, Nina Simone, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and more..)

Queens of Jazz is a celebration of some of the greatest female jazz singers of the 20th century. It takes an unflinching and revealing look at what it actually took to be a jazz diva during a turbulent time in America’s social history – a time when battle lines were being constantly drawn around issues of race, gender and popular culture.

This is a documentary about how these women triumphed – always at some personal cost – to become some of the greatest artists of the 20th century; women who chose singing above life itself because singing was their life.