[JPL] Jazz pianist Earma Thompson dead at 86

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Thu Jul 16 21:23:57 EDT 2009

July 16, 2009 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago has lost one its great jazz and 
blues pianists. In the male-dominated world of jazz, Earma Thompson was 
a female pioneer.

For more than a half-century Earma Thompson was a significant figure in 
Chicago's music culture. Back in the 1940's she played at the Cotton 
Club with greats like Joe Williams and Billie Holiday.

Given the chance to go on the road with Holiday, she decided to stay 
close to home and raise her family.

Thompson died of heart failure at South Shore Hospital Wednesday at the 
age of 86.


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