Eleanor Collins, the first lady of Canadian jazz, dead at 104

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Canadian jazz legend Eleanor Collins, who began performing in the 1930s and worked with other greats like Dizzy Gillespie and fellow Canadian Oscar Peterson, has died at the age of 104.

A family member confirmed to CBC that Collins, known as Canada’s first lady of jazz, died on Sunday.

Collins made her television debut in 1954 on CBC Vancouver’s Bamboula: A Day in the West Indies, the first Canadian television show with a mixed-race cast and the first live music TV show broadcast from Vancouver.

She later starred in The Eleanor Show, becoming the first woman and first Black artist to headline their own national television series.

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