Francesca Weeks

Francesca Weeks

Philadelphia born and raised, a Presbyterian minister adopted this illegitimate child of a jazz musician. The minister ran an inner-city rescue mission, so she was raised, a white-Jewish child in black North Philly. A study in melting pot sociology, her jazz style reflects both her hereditary and her environment.

She has what the best female jazz vocalists have had; an emphasis is upon phrasing and a love for rhythm-play with beat. Her vocalizations range from soft, sensual voicing to a p …