Introducing Chris Connor

Chris Connor

18 February 2008
For nearly a decade, Chris Connor reigned supreme as Atlantic’s first lady of jazz.  The smoky-voiced, Kansas City-born songstress, joined the label’s roster in 1955, and eponymous Atlantic debut album, from 1956, was the first jazz vocal LP ever released on the label.  Connor’s coarse, throaty tone, sweet phrasing, and unerring rhythm were peaking during the late ‘50s, and along with Julie London, June Christy and Anita O’Day, she epitomised cool jazz singing.