2017 University of Massachusetts - Amherst Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts









2015 Ehrenmitgliedschaft an der KUG Award for Honorary Membership

2012 Jazz Education Network - Award for Outstanding Performance

2012 BMI Award Winner

2011 NEA Jazz Master Award - Lifetime Honors Award, the nations highest honor in Jazz

2010 New York Nightlife Award - Outstanding Jazz Vocalist

2010 Eleanor Isaacson Lifetime Achievement in the Arts

2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz for Lifetime of Service

2007 IAJE Humanitarian Award

2006 MAC Lifetime Achievement Award

2004 Lil Hardin Armstrong Jazz Heritage Award

2004 Jazz Vocal Coalition Special Honorary Award

2004 Baker's Keyboard Lounge Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Exceptional Music to Detroit, and the World

2003 The Barry Award for True Jazz Mastery

2001 Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll

- Best Female Vocalist - Top 5!

- Talent Deserving Wider Recognition


1998 Harvard University Visiting Artist Award


1985 NAJE Outstanding Service in Jazz Education

1982 Universal Jazz Coalition Award for Outstanding Contribution to Jazz

Named "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" by Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll 9 times!

Named Top 5 in Downbeat Magazine Critic's Poll "Established Talent" category every year since 1980.

Received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

Best CD of the Year for "Lost and Found" - Wire Magazine (UK)

Vocal Album of the Year for "Confirmation" - Swing Journal