Performer Nancy Wilson is host of NPR Music's Jazz Profiles, radio's first and only jazz documentary series. During the show's run from 1996 to 2005, Wilson hosted more than 190 episodes chronicling the artists, places, issues, styles and events in American jazz. Wilson and the program were the recipients of multiple awards, including a George Foster Peabody Award in 2002. Jazz Profiles is now available as a podcast.
An Emmy and Grammy Award winner, Wilson is a vocalist and all-around performer. She's been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer." The title she prefers, however, is song stylist. During her career, she's performed with such legends as Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstein, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Louis Jordan, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ruth Brown. Wilson's landed more than 30 albums on the Billboard charts, and produced a slew of hit albums while with Capitol Records, such as Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley, How Glad I Am and Now, and I'm a Woman.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Wilson earned a reputation as an acclaimed entertainer through her live performances and television appearances, including a stint with her own Emmy Award-winning music variety program The Nancy Wilson Show. She also appeared on other variety shows, including The Flip Wilson Show, The Carol Burnett Show, and The Andy Williams Show. Wilson also had recurring roles on The Cosby Show and Sinbad, and has been a guest on The Tonight Show, The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, and The Arsenio Hall Show. Fans may recognize her distinctive voice on the national television commercials for Infinity cars.
Although Wilson has retired from touring, she continues to perform select engagements and to record. She released her 70th album, the Grammy Award-winning Turned to Blue, in 2006. Currently, she works to raise AIDS awareness in African-American communities, and serves as the Honorary Spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council.