Women in Jazz- Nina Simone

Nina Simone was a famous author, civil rights activist, singer, and pianist.

Nina was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina.She took to music at age 3 while learning to play the piano and singing in her church choir. Nina’s musical career started  by studying the classical piano at Juilliard School in NYC. She later began to play jazz and blues in the 1950s.

Simone began recording at Bethlehem label and released her first album in 1957. Her top hits from the album were, “Plain Gold Ring,” “Little Girl Blue,” and her version of “I Loves You Porgy.”

Nina Simone was also known as the "High Priestess of Soul."

Nina as an activist

Nina Simone became prominent in the civil rights movement. She became the voice of the movement. In response to the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers and the Birmingham church bombing she wrote “Mississippi Goddam.”  

Nina’s Legacy still lives on as she left an impression in the world of music, art, and activism. She has inspired many artists like Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and Lauryn Hill. 

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