Stephen Bourne

stephen bourne

Sophisticated Lady – A Celebration of Adelaide Hall

Foreword by Lena Horne and Barbara Windsor
Hammersmith and Fulham Ethnic Communities Oral History Project (2001)

A celebration of a jazz innovator of the Harlem Renaissance and one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.

"Stephen Bourne befriended Adelaide in her later years and conducted numerous interviews with her, but each approach to a mainstream publisher was met with the same response – “Where’s the drugs, sex, poverty, racism?” That wasn’t Adelaide’s background, so the manuscript sat on the shelf until the Ethnic Communities Oral History Project took an interest. The result is a slender, non-controversial stroll through Adelaide’s life…primarily aimed at those interested in black history rather than black music, but jazz fans will find some useful information." (VJM’s Jazz and Blues Mart)

Out of print