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Rita Reys
Reys performing in Hotel De Watergeus, Noorden, the Netherlands, in 2004
Background information
Birth nameMaria Everdina Reijs
Also known asEurope's First lady of Jazz
Born21 December 1924(1924-12-21)
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Died28 July 2013(2013-07-28) (aged 88)
Breukelen, the Netherlands
GenresJazz, bossa nova
LabelsUniversal Music

Rita Reys (21 December 1924 – 28 July 2013) was a jazz singer from the Netherlands. In 1960, she was given the title "Europe's first lady of jazz".[1] She sang jazz and bossa nova.[2]

Reys was born in Rotterdam. She died in Breukelen at age eighty-eight.[3]


  1. Rita Reys @ All About Jazz; accessed 5 March 2014.
  2. John S. Wilson "Rita Reys: First Lady of European Jazz", New York Times, 5 June 1981
  3. Persad, Radjin (29 July 2013). "Rita Reys Dies". NL Times. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 

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