Jazz singer Blossom Dearie dies at 82 in NYC

By: The Associated Press.
By: The Associated Press.

Jazz singer Blossom Dearie, whose baby-doll voice graced New York and London cabarets for decades, has died at 82.

Her manager, Donald Schaffer, says Dearie died of natural causes Saturday at her Manhattan home. No specific cause of death was given.

Marguerite Blossom Dearie dropped her first name to bolster a musical career that began with classical training in piano and later moved to jazz vocals. By the mid-1940s, she was a member of the Blue Flames, associated with Woody Herman's orchestra and with the Alvino Rey band.

Dearie began her solo career in postwar Paris.

She recorded albums for various labels and founded her own label, Daffodil Records, in 1974. She gained national attention by appearing on the early days of NBC's "Today" show.

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