Belfast Telegraph

Plaque tribute to jazz great Ottilie Patterson

Renowned jazz and blues singer Ottilie Patterson has been honoured with a plaque erected in her memory.

The plaque was unveiled at the house in Comber where Ottilie was born.

The Northern Irish blues singer performed alongside some of America’s greatest jazz artists throughout her career, after overcoming the perceived opinion she couldn’t sing black American music.

Ottilie shot to fame in the 1950s after joining the Chris Barber Jazz Band.

She became hooked on jazz and blues as a student and travelled to London to seek out the famous band.

With her love of jazz grew her love for Barber, and they married in 1959.

Louis Armstrong likened her to ‘Empress of the Blues’ Bessie Smith, who was one of the greatest ever jazz singers.

Erected by Ards Borough Council, the plaque marking Ottilie’s birthplace is at 26 Carnesure Terrace, Comber.

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