Singer in the free jazz genre who gained a cult following with 1965's Sings and 1966's College Tour. Her stark vocals influenced a generation of singers including Patti Smith and Diamanda Galas.
She sang for the Jerry Gray Hotel Jazz Band while still in high school.
She is known for her reclusiveness, shying away from the spotlight for over two decade before resurfacing in the 90's with the album Love Songs.
She has a son with drummer Clifford Jarvis.
After a long period of retirement, she performed a series of comeback concerts with pianist Burton Greene.