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Rita Reys


R ita Reys, born Maria Everdina Reijs (Rotterdam, December 21, 1924 - Breukelen, July 28, 2013), was a Dutch jazz singer. She passes for the greatest jazz singer that the Netherlands has produced.


European success followed her American tours. Reys was named Europe's First Lady of Jazz at the French Jazz Festival of Juan-les-Pins in 1960. On September 30 that year, she married Pim Jacobs, on the occasion of which they recorded the LP Marriage In Modern Jazz. A year later Reys won her first Edison with it, presented to her during the Grand Gala du Disc by Wim Sonneveld.


Reys had the ambition to show that she had more to offer. With the help of producer John Vis, she collaborated with conductor and arranger Rogier van Otterloo and recorded four songbooks with his orchestra: 'Rita Reys Sings Burt Bacharach' (1971), 'Rita Reys Sings Michel Legrand' (1972), 'Rita Reys Sings George Gershwin' (1975) and 'Rita Reys Sings Antonio Carlos Jobim' (1981). The first two were awarded a Gold Record and an Edison Award.