Ethel Jean Kittrell (1927-2018) is known internationally by many names. She is the “Red Hot Mama of Dixieland” to some and “America's First Lady of Jazz” to others, but friends and fans alike of Jean's famous barrelhouse piano and vocals knew her as an icon of strength and tenacity. Explore the life and legacy of this incredible woman of jazz in this digital exhibit featuring material from the Jean Kittrell Collection housed in the National Ragtime and Jazz Archive at Lovejoy Library.

Jean Kittrell at the Levee House, Undated

Jean Kittrell performing at the Old Levee House in St. Louis, Missouri