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May 21, 1998 |
Dorothy Donegan, an eclectic and colorful jazz pianist and singer who also excelled at ragtime, boogie-woogie, gospel, blues and classical music, has died. She was 76. Donegan, one of the nation's most respected but little known jazz artists, died Tuesday in her Los Angeles home of colon cancer.
November 25, 1993 |
The continuing saga of Dorothy Donegan is a heartening story, the one about the veteran--in this case, a conspicuously gifted woman in a male-dominated world--who, at last, came in from the cold. Her most widely public exposure came in June, when the vivacious 71-year-old wowed 'em at the "Jazz at the White House" festival, telecast on PBS. Donegan, ever amicable and wry, appreciates the newfound, long-earned spotlight.
June 5, 1987 |
Credit Rose Murphy with a sunny, ingratiating smile, coupled with the ability to love her audience and be loved in return. Beyond that, there is little about the veteran entertainer that calls for comment, let alone analysis. Everything remains much as it was decades ago. She still has the almost total inability to complete a chorus of lyrics without a self-interruption such as "che-che-che," a chirp, a giggle, or some other sound effect.
March 13, 1992 |
After decades of neglect by the media (she is not even listed in Grove's Dictionary of Jazz), pianist Dorothy Donegan is finally being discovered. But at age 68. What took her so long? Perhaps Donegan, who's appearing nightly through Sunday at Catalina, had to shed the visual antics on which critics and audiences tended to concentrate.
May 22, 1998 |
Dorothy Donegan hit the jazz world at a time when it was not quite sure what to make of female instrumentalists. There were a few, of course, Lil Hardin, Mary Lou Williams and Melba Liston among them. But women in jazz were generally expected to make their way with their voices, as singers. Donegan, who died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 76, had other ideas.
February 27, 1992 |
Jazz players battle for recognition, even more so when they are women. After more than 50 years in the music business, critically acclaimed pianist Dorothy Donegan is receiving some of the attention that might have been accorded her years ago had she been male. In January, Donegan, 69, was elected to the prestigious Jazz Masters Hall of Fame, an honor that carried with it a $20,000 grant Donegan can use as she pleases.