RICHLAND, Wash. – Jazz musicians from around the country will gather on [today] Sunday, to honor a musician who didn’t sell a lot of records but…
In the late 1930s, a sweet-voiced singer from the Northwest helped propel the nation into a new era of music, known as swing. Her name was Mildred Bailey. She went down in history as a white vocalist who helped popularize jazz singing. Except, she wasn’t white. Bailey was half Coeur d’Alene Indian – a fact that received little attention, until recently.