Wikipedia : This day (January 29, 1944), in Newport News, Virginia, is born Joan Elizabeth Shaw a.k.a. Salena Jones, an American jazz and cabaret singer.
Official Website : Salena grew up in New York in the company of musicians who would become the legends: Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Wes Montgomery, Chico Hamilton and Stan Getz – she actually sang and jammed with all of these people
@ allmusic : . Jones got her first break at the famed Apollo Theater in New York, winning a talent contest that resulted in a record deal. She spent the early part of her career touring and performing with such leading lights as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington.
@last.fm : Born Joan Elizabeth Shaw in Newport News, Virginia, same home town as Ella Fitzgerald. “I loved Sarah Vaughan so much and adored Lena Horne’s elegance, I put them together as ‘Salena.’