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April 12, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO, Dirk Sutro writes about jazz and architecture for the San Diego edition of The Times
She has been a stockbroker, owned a bookstore and a greeting-cards business, written a food column for the Village Voice and authored a best-selling book on menopause. But at 67, Rosetta Reitz has finally settled on her true calling. She is the owner of Rosetta Records, the only recording label exclusively devoted to keeping alive rare jazz and blues by female artists.
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November 24, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rosetta Reitz, 84, an ardent feminist who was the founder and owner of Rosetta Records, the label devoted to keeping alive works by female jazz and blues artists, died Nov. 1 of cardiopulmonary disease at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. Reitz had been a stockbroker, owned a bookstore and a greeting-card business, written a book on menopause and a food column for the Village Voice when, at 67, she found her true calling and started the label with $10,000 she borrowed from friends.
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November 24, 2008 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rosetta Reitz, 84, an ardent feminist who was the founder and owner of Rosetta Records, the label devoted to keeping alive works by female jazz and blues artists, died Nov. 1 of cardiopulmonary disease at St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City. Reitz had been a stockbroker, owned a bookstore and a greeting-card business, written a book on menopause and a food column for the Village Voice when, at 67, she found her true calling and started the label with $10,000 she borrowed from friends.
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April 26, 1992
Regarding "Ladies Sing the Blues," Dirk Sutro's profile of blues archivist Rosetta Reitz (April 12): I would seriously question the credentials of your writer if he thinks Helen Humes was a pianist, rather than one of the great jazz vocalists of all time. As manager of Nellie Lutcher and Hadda Brooks, two of the artists represented on Reitz's label (another gaffe--Dorothy Donegan is not the only living artist in her catalogue), I would point out that most of the recordings reissued--if not all--are bootlegged.
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April 26, 1992
Regarding "Ladies Sing the Blues," Dirk Sutro's profile of blues archivist Rosetta Reitz (April 12): I would seriously question the credentials of your writer if he thinks Helen Humes was a pianist, rather than one of the great jazz vocalists of all time. As manager of Nellie Lutcher and Hadda Brooks, two of the artists represented on Reitz's label (another gaffe--Dorothy Donegan is not the only living artist in her catalogue), I would point out that most of the recordings reissued--if not all--are bootlegged.
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July 20, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
Female artists have become increasingly prominent in pop, but for Rosetta Reitz there's one group of women musicians who still haven't received the recognition they deserve: the black jazz and blues performers who recorded mainly for the "race record" market from the 1920s through the late '40s. "When the women's movement began, I started to think about questions like why is jazz considered a male domain?" said Reitz, 61, in her Chelsea district apartment here.
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May 2, 1992 | SUSAN JAQUES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bessie used to thrill me at all times. It's the way she could phrase a note in her blues, a certain something in her voice that no other singer could get.... --Louis Armstrong They're playing a new song here and this one isn't about choo-choos. In September, the city will open a concert hall dedicated to the "Empress of the Blues," Bessie Smith.
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April 12, 1992 | DIRK SUTRO, Dirk Sutro writes about jazz and architecture for the San Diego edition of The Times
She has been a stockbroker, owned a bookstore and a greeting-cards business, written a food column for the Village Voice and authored a best-selling book on menopause. But at 67, Rosetta Reitz has finally settled on her true calling. She is the owner of Rosetta Records, the only recording label exclusively devoted to keeping alive rare jazz and blues by female artists.
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July 20, 1986 | DON SNOWDEN
Female artists have become increasingly prominent in pop, but for Rosetta Reitz there's one group of women musicians who still haven't received the recognition they deserve: the black jazz and blues performers who recorded mainly for the "race record" market from the 1920s through the late '40s. "When the women's movement began, I started to think about questions like why is jazz considered a male domain?" said Reitz, 61, in her Chelsea district apartment here.
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