Rita Reys


Dutch jazz singer.
Born: 21 December 1924 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Died: 28 July 2013 in Breukelen, Netherlands.
Married to [a=Wes Ilcken] who died in 1957 and married [a=Pim Jacobs] in 1960
The Jazz-diva has played with artists like [a=Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers], [a=Dizzy Gillespie], [a=Chico Hamilton], [a=Jimmy Smith], [a=Zoot Sims], and many others.
In 1960 she was dubbed "Europe's first lady of jazz" at the Juan Les Pins Jazzfestival, France. In 1969, became the first Dutch jazz singer to perform at the New Orleans festival. She represented Holland in the [i]V Festival Internacional da Canção[/i] in Rio with the song [i]Just Be You[/i] in 1970.