During this time she began writing her own songs, adopting a folk style. She also appeared in the musical theater productions, including The Wizard of Oz as Dorothy, crossing racial lines in a recently desegregated school system.
She graduated with a degree in mass communications. In , Wilson received her Ph. D in Arts from Millsaps College. In , she moved to New Orleans for a position as assistant public affairs director for the local television station, WDSU.
She did not stay long. Working with mentors who included elder statesmen Earl Turbinton, Alvin Batiste , and Ellis Marsalis , Wilson found encouragement to seriously pursue jazz performance and moved to New York City the following year.
In New York, Wilson's focus turned towards improvisation. Heavily influenced by singers Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter , she fine-tuned her vocal phrasing and scat while studying ear training with trombonist Grachan Moncur, III. Frequenting jam sessions under the tutelage of pianist Sadik Hakim , a Charlie Parker alumnus, she met alto saxophonist Steve Coleman , who encouraged her to look beyond the standard jazz repertoire in favor of developing original material.
She would become the vocalist and one of the founding members of the M-Base collective in which Coleman was the leading figure, a stylistic outgrowth of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians AACM and Black Artists Group BAG that re-imagined the grooves of funk and soul within the context of traditional and avant-garde jazz. When she chooses, she creates immense emotional tension, just by holding back. In just a few short years, Cassandra Wilson has become the voice of the era and certain to be a major force in the 21st century.
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