Dorthaan Kirk Is Newark’s First Lady of Jazz (via NY Times)

Dorthaan Kirk answers to a lot of names.

“Whenever I’m in Home Depot or the supermarket, somebody always recognizes me. Sometimes I’m the lady from ’BGO. Sometimes I’m the lady from Bethany,” said Ms. Kirk, of East Orange, from a red velvet-cushioned pew at Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, recently.

The trumpeter Jon Faddis, her friend, was in the sanctuary with her, on a nearby stage. “Sometimes somebody will see me and say, ‘There’s Iris’s grandmother,’” she continued. “A few people have called me First Lady.”

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