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Growing up in Homewood Dakota went to Westinghouse High singing with Ahmad Jamal and Grover Mitchell in Carl McVicker's Kadets jazz band. She worked the clubs of the Hill with Joe Westray before going to New York and landing a contract with Capitol Records. With a string of hit albums and acclaimed performances at the Newport Jazz Festival during the late 1950s and early 1960s she was a superstar as popular as Ella and Dinah Washington.