One of the greatest pianists of her time who became a mainstay on the jazz scene, challenging conceptions about blacks and women.
She was offered a scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music when she was nine years old.
She sang everything that came her way, from show tunes to Broadway songs.
She was married to Rev.
She contributed as much as Billie Holiday and Lena Horne did to the advancement of African-American women.