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Esther Miller is a jazz singer of the classic school, possessing an outstanding technique, sensitive interpretation and an eclectic repertoire. She was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa's east coast motor city, where she sang in church and school choirs and raided the family Nat King Cole albums for early inspiration. She studied medicine in Cape Town, but soon gave in to the lure of jazz. In a wonderfully back-handed compliment, her alma mater, the University of Cape Town, reflected: “Giving up medicine in favour of Jazz was clearly a wise move.”
She started off as the vocalist with Gerry Spencer’s “Jazz Cyclone”--one of the leading bands on the South African jazz circuit at the time. During this early apprentice she worked with some excellent players, including guitarists Herb Ellis, Johnny Fourie, Errol and Alvin Dyers - saxophonists Winston Mankunku and Ezra Ngkukana, Bassist Basil Moses, to name but a few.
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