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Anne Marie Moss


ANNE MARIE MOSS (vocalist, teacher) was born February 6, 1935 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was basically self-taught during her early years as a performer, and began singing jazz as a young woman in the early 1950s, performing with pianists Calvin Jackson and Joey Masters. Norman Symonds’ group, and some of the leading dance bands of the day including those led by Benny Louis, Ron Collier, and Ferde Mowry.

She toured throughout North America for two years (from 1956 to 1958) with saxophonist Don “D.T.” Thompson before joining the great Maynard Ferguson’s big band in 1959. Throughout a long and enduring career, she also sang with the Count Basie Orchestra, Rob McConnell and The Boss Brass, Phil Nimmons, Moe Koffman, and briefly replaced Annie Ross in the jazz vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross (which then became known as Lambert. Hendricks. and Moss). She made several stellar appearances at the Newport and New York Kool Jazz Festivals, and was booked frequently into major New York City jazz clubs including Sweet Basil and the Blue Note.

For nearly two decades after marrying American singer/guitarist Jackie Paris in 1961, she performed almost exclusively with him in nightclub appearances all over America, resuming her solo career in 1980. Anne Marie Moss performed in concert (with the Bernie Senensky Trio) during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Series at the Ontario Science Centre on January 18. 1982.