Jazz Singer Abbey Lincoln Dies at Age 80 in NY

Abbey Lincoln, a jazz singer and songwriter known for her phrasing, emotion and uncompromising style, died Saturday in New York at age 80.

She had been declining in health for the past year.  Her death was confirmed by friend and filmmaker Carol Friedman, who has been working on a documentary on Lincoln’s life.

Lincoln made records and acted in films in the 1950s and ’60s, then saw her career surge again in the 1990s when she found new voice as a songwriter.

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Pictured: American jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, wearing a bowler hat and fishnet gloves with a blazer, sings into a microphone during the Chicago Jazz Festival, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tad Hershorn/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)