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Singer Abbey Lincoln dies at 80

Matt Schudel

Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, who was known as much for uncompromsing stance on civil rights as for her soulful singing, has died at the age of 80 in New York.

I interviewed her in 2006 for a story in The Post before her performance as part of the Knnedy Center's Women in Jazz Festival. She was married for several years to pioneering jazz drummer Max Roach, who died three years ago, and recorded several albums with him.

We'll have a full obituary up shortly. Meanwhile, here is a sample of her work from an appearance at the Marciac jazz festival in France, in which she performed her songs "Down Here Below" and "Bird Alone."

By Matt Schudel  |  August 14, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
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Ms. Lincoln's passing saddens me to tears...seems that all the great vocal masters of jazz are dying..are gone....I grieve her passing, but the music lives on. Rest in peace sister Abbey and thank you.

Posted by: Pstacy | August 14, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Ms Lincoln is on of the geat jazz singers of our time. Her phrasing and delivery was unique and compelling. One of my favorite songs of all time is her "Throw it Away". She also stared in the classic "For the Love of Ivy" with Mr. Siddney Portier. I will be watching that tonight and listening to her rythmic stylings for the next several days. Thank You and Rest in Peace, Ms. Lincoln!

Posted by: May_Twin_Boy | August 14, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

She also acted in another classic Civil Rights era film called, Nothing But A Man. Great film, great performance, great woman. RIP Ms. Lincoln....

Posted by: Libel278 | August 14, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for the movie postings. Hopefully, we'll see more coverage of that aspect of her career in the Post's "full obituary up shortly."

Rest in peace, madam Diva.

Posted by: Supporter51 | August 14, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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