Arizona jazz legend Margo Reed has died

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Margo Reed (Source: Arizona Blues Hall of Fame) Margo Reed (Source: Arizona Blues Hall of Fame)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona jazz community is mourning the loss of a legend.

A friend confirmed Margo Reed passed away on Wednesday.

She was the first in her family to move to Arizona from their home in Chicago, and quickly established herself as one of the finest singers in the Valley, singing here since 1973, according to the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

Her first gigs in Phoenix were at the legendary nightclub The Century Sky Room, which led to a long run at the premiere Phoenix jazz club, the Boojum Tree.

She also performed at many of the major venues in San Diego, Seattle, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Atlanta, Detroit, Oregon and Denver. In addition, Reed had an extended gig in Telluride from 1990 to 1993.

Reed often performed with longtime music partner Armand Boatman.

The Hall of Fame said Reed brought the spirits of Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith onto the stage with every performance, and has brought joy to Phoenix listeners for 30 years.

In 2000, the readers and staff of Arizona Jazz Magazine named her Female Vocalist of the Year.