In this 2009 courtesy photo from Hamilton studio, Julia Keefe pays tribute to the late blues singer Mildred Bailey, who was from Spokane. Bailey, an enrolled Coeur d'Alene Indian who lived in Desmet as a child, was known as "Mrs. Swing" in the 1930s and 1940s. She performed at Carnegie Hall.
The North Idaho College Music Department and Cardinal Connections is proud to present, “khwe ‘enkwinm, khwe te’l spu’ss ‘alaqhwp’t sinm” (When she sings, it pours from her heart), a tribute to Mildred Bailey, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. This concert will feature the NIC Jazz Ensemble, Cardinal Vocal Jazz and special guest singer Julia Keefe. The concert is free to the public. The concert will feature arrangements of some of Mildred Bailey’s signature songs including, “I’ll Close My Eyes,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Rockin’ Chair.” The NIC Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Terry M.L. Jones and Cardinal Vocal Jazz is directed by Max Mendez. Keefe will perform with both groups for the evening’s program/Tom Greene, NIC Press Room. More here.
Question: Do you know anything about jazz singer Mildred Bailey?