Alberta Hunter may be the best blues & jazz performer you’ve never heard of. Born in Memphis in 1895, she launched a professional singing career before the age of 15, but ultimately gave it up to be a nurse. We hear about a new play that tells Hunter’s story — especially how she returned to performing in her eighties and entertained at a Greenwich Village hotspot until her death at 89.


  • Carolyn Griffin Producing Artistic Director, MetroStage
  • Jackie Richardson Actor, Cookin' at the Cookery
  • Jannice Lorraine Actor, Cookin' at the Cookery
  • Marion J. Caffey Playwright and director, Cookin' at the Cookery

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