The Troy Street Observer

The Best Boston Singer You’ve Never Heard

So many good jazz singers call, or have called, Boston home that I won’t start listing them for fear I’ll miss way too many. However, there is one very fine singer in the “have called home” category who is not known to many—Rosalyn Wise. Roz Wise, from Lynn, sang on the North Shore in the years following World War II, and then sang professionally with the bands of Billy Stone, Tommy Reynolds, and Nat Pierce. She quit singing in 1952 and went off to do other things with her life.

Wise left behind a few recordings, none released commercially, some of which were made in 1949 with members of the Nat Pierce Orchestra. They amazed me when I first heard them, and I think they’ll amaze you, too. Roz’s daughters, Diane and Marcia, kindly allowed me to add one of these unreleased gems to my YouTube channel. You know the tune, “Any Old Time.” Give a listen.

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