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Geraldine de Haas

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Jazz Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Mother's Cooking
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do The Best You Can And Then Some.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1935
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Nonprofit Chief Executive
Jazz Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Mother's Cooking
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Do The Best You Can And Then Some.

Birthplace

Born:
1/16/1935
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Geraldine de Haas, “The Jazz Lady,” was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 16, 1935. As a young woman, de Haas sang and toured with her brother and sister as Andy and the Bey Sisters, initially starting out in the Miami club scene in 1958. When they returned to New York after several months, they went to several auditions that promised them a few weeks of club dates in Spain and London. However, their music proved wildly popular, and they went on a whirlwind tour all across Europe that lasted a year and a half.

While the trio was in Europe, they became the featured act at the world famous Blue Note in Paris, and were featured in a jazz film directed by Roger Vadim. De Haas and her siblings returned to the United States in 1960, and began performing at jazz clubs and festivals across the country, and made several recordings, as well. The trio finally disbanded in 1966. The early 1970s found de Haas joining the Free Street Theater in Chicago, and her theater career continued over the next two decades, with performances in Hair, Showboat and To Be Young, Gifted and Black, and numerous jazz performances, as well. She also began producing events during the 1970s, and in 1983, she presented the first Jazzfest at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, which continues on to this day. De Haas also earned her B.A. in music education in 1980 from Chicago State University, and has taken other courses to continue her education since.

In 1981, de Haas founded Jazz Unites, Inc., to further the growth and appreciation of jazz, and to educate people through the use of jazz. Since 1993, she has served as the president, CEO and artistic director. Over the course of her career, she has shared the stage with such jazz legends as Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and her favorite, the late bass player Ray Brown.

De Haas is married to Edgar de Haas, a prominent jazz musician in his own right. They have two children, both of whom are artists.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Geraldine de Haas' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her father's involvement with The Moorish Science Temple of America
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Geraldine de Haas speculates about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Geraldine de Haas recalls her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Geraldine de Haas describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her family's religious beliefs and practices
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Geraldine de Haas describes her father's influence on her and her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas describes herself as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her love of opera and jazz music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas describes her interest in classical music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her favorite and least favorite school subjects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Geraldine de Haas recalls her experience at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her experience studying music at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Geraldine de Haas remembers her siblings' musical performances and joining Andy and the Bey Sisters in 1957
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Geraldine de Haas recalls Andy and The Bey Sisters' early appearances in Miami, Florida and a subsequent tour of Spain in 1958
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas recalls her early experiences and travels as part of the musical group, Andy and the Bey Sisters
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas recalls meeting celebrities, including Marlon Brando, when Andy and the Bey Sisters toured Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas remembers an encounter with Marlon Brando
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas recalls Andy and the Bey Sisters' appearance in the movie 'Paris Jazz Jam Session' and their shows after their 1958 European tour
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Geraldine de Haas describes a star-studded dinner party at Gail Buckley's home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Geraldine de Haas remembers Thelonious Monk
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Geraldine de Haas remembers drummer Max Roach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Geraldine de Haas talks about getting married in 1961 and its effect on her musical career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Geraldine de Haas describes her husband, Edgar "Eddie" de Haas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas recalls Chicago, Illinois in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas remembers saving the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas talks about coordinating the 1974 Tribute to Duke Ellington concert in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas talks the 1974 Tribute to Duke Ellington concert in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Geraldine de Haas talks about the influence of the Tribute to Duke Ellington in Chicago, Illinois in 1974
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Geraldine de Haas talks about founding Jazz Unites, Inc. in 1981 and her work on the South Shore Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Geraldine de Haas talks about the importance of the government in music programming
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas describes how jazz unites people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her time working with the Illinois Arts Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her time with the Free Street Theater
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas names notable artists that have appeared at the South Shore Cultural Center over the years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Geraldine de Haas describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Geraldine de Haas talks about her children's artistic endeavors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Geraldine de Haas considers what she would do differently
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Geraldine de Haas reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Geraldine de Haas describes her parents' feelings about her success and changes for African Americans in the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Geraldine de Haas talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Geraldine de Haas narrates her photographs