Remembering Phoenix Jazz Legend Margo Reed

When Valley jazz singer Margo Reed passed away last month at the age of 73, the beloved vocalist left behind an indelible legacy. And according to her friends, family members, and fans, its one filled with cherished memories and unforgettable performances by one the true gems of Arizona's jazz scene.

Reed, who died on April 15, was revered by many of her fellow musicians because of her incomparable and transcendent singing voice, as well as the way she captivated audiences.

"She had such a real gift," says local jazz vocalist Delphine Cortez, who performed alongside with Reed at such Valley venues as Scottsdale's Kerr Culutral Center over the years. "When Margo sang her songs it was like she was telling a story and she had every emotion, whether it was something that brought people to tears or gave them chills."

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.