Ivie Anderson (born July 10, 1904) was an American jazz singer and member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Anderson's singing career started around 1921 when she performed in Los Angeles. By 1928, she had toured with the musical Shuffle Along, performed in Cuba, at the Cotton Club in New York City, and with the bands of Paul Howard, Curtis Mosby, and Sonny Clay. She then toured the US as a solo singer. Anderson had the longest tenure of any Ellington singer, from 1931 to 1942. Her first appearance on record, "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)", was a hit and is now considered a jazz standard.
This portrait is part of a series curated by WFMU’s DJ Trouble, who is selecting an artist per week in 2020.
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Caitlin Keegan is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is the creator of The Illuminated Tarot deck (illuminatedtarot.com).
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