i remember the first time i was introduced to the talented woman that is lena horne. i was about 5 or 6, and my mother played for me the film, 'the wiz,' in which lena played glinda the good witch. her presence alone made me stop and take note. and then when she opened her mouth, and the voice that poured out, filled with so much exuberance, so much strength and confidence, made me fall instantly in love. out of all the jazz ladies, because of this memory, she is easily my favourite. she's left behind a legacy of timeless music, elegant beauty, and a sweet spirit. RIP.