Olivia "Lady Charlotte" Cook, Jazz Pianist, Dies

Classic Arts News   Olivia "Lady Charlotte" Cook, Jazz Pianist, Dies
Jazz pianist and vocalist Olivia Cook, known as "Lady Charlotte," died on Tuesday, November 9, the Associated Press reports. She was 91.

A fixture in New Orleans jazz clubs, Cook began her career as the only woman in Herbert Leary's 17-member band. She played Dixieland-style and traditional jazz with Papa French and his sons George and Bob French, Wallace Davenport, Danny Barker, Louis Nelson, as well as her own band.

She also taught piano to children, at one point giving lessons to Harry Connick, Jr., the New Orleans-born vocalist, bandleader, and pianist.

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