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The Religious Affiliation of Jazz Singer
From: Julia Milton, "Famous women who happen to be Buddhist... or, famous Buddhists who happen to be women" webpage, last amended on 1 January 2001, on "Women Active in Buddhism (WAiB)" website (http://members.tripod.com/~Lhamo/13famou.htm; viewed 18 August 2005):
Blues and jazz singer Ernestine Anderson was born on November 11, 1928 and started her career at the age of three years, when her father discovered her singing along with a recording by Bessie Smith. Her singing career has spanned half a century, except for a break from the business in the late 1960's, when Anderson devoted herself to family life and her study of Buddhism. Jazz Profiles calls her "one of the most versatile jazz vocalists to emerge from the big band era". See National Public Radio's profile of Ernestine Anderson [http://www.npr.org/plweb-cgi/fastweb?getdoc+npr+npr+45107+17+wAAA+Buddhism] for more biographical details, along with RealAudio links to interviews with Anderson.
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