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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: December 21, 1924

Rita Reys - since 1960 officially Europe's First Lady of Jazz- has been a professional performer for more than six decades. Even today, this jazz diva still knows how to charm audiences with her famously unique timing, legendary swing and fabulous performance.

HER EARLY YEARS Maria Everdina Reys was born on 21 December 1924 in Rotterdam, in an artistic family: her father was a violin player and conductor, her mother a dancer. At home, there was virtually no jazz music. Her parents preferred light classical music instead, so Rita grew up with the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Chopin. But the singing was already in her blood: As a teenager, Rita entered many local talent competitions and won them all....
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“Hey Rita, where’s your accent?” - George Avakian, producer at Columbia Records (1956)

“I love what I heard on the record. So happy to hear you again” - Burt Bacharach (1971)

“From now on, everytime I will write a song, I will think of the great Rita Reys, who sings the love songs with such love, that I really love her, and you will too.” - Michel Legrand (1972)

“Rita Reys makes a glorious come back” - Rotterdams Dagblad (1998)

“Rita Reys: Brilliant timing” - Trouw (2004)

“With no doubt the greatest jazz singer our country has brought forth” - Jury Edison Oeuvre Award (2006)


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    The Cool Voice Of Rita Reys - No. 2

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    Two Jazzy People

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    Two For Tea

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    Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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    Live At The Concertgebouw

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