Abbey Lincoln, the exquisitely talented singer whose metaphor-laden songs, seductive voice and outsized personality made her an iconic figure in jazz, died Saturday. She was 80.
Lincoln passed away in her upper West Side apartment, her brother David Wooldridge told The New York Times.
In a career that spanned six decades, Lincoln recorded more than 20 albums, acted in several films and TV shows and became a pioneering voice in the civil rights movement.
Lincoln, who was strongly influenced by famed jazz singer Billie Holiday, performed until shortly before her death.
The Chicago-born singer launched her career in 1956 with the album “Abbey Lincoln’s Affair – A Story of a Girl in Love.”
Her passionate delivery and complex songs quickly established her as one of jazz’s most impressive talents.
Lincoln’s extensive film résumé includes a performance alongside Sidney Poitier in the 1968 film “For Love of Ivy,” a role that earned her a Golden Globe nomination.