Billed as "The Lady With a Song," Mary Moss has been performing as a jazz and blues singer around Indy for three decades. She's a consummate entertainer, eager to share her love of music, energetic in any setting.
Illness has taken a toll on Moss's ability to perform and she now resides in an assistant living facility. Fellow musicians and fans who learned of her situation threw her a surprise birthday party Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Jazz Kitchen. Owner David Allee graciously donated a day's use of his Jazz Kitchen and, with help from Larry Greene, Clifford Ratliff, and host Ralph Adams, gave Moss a birthday tribute she won't forget. The highlight of the event came when Ratliff asked Moss to join the band for a song.
Greene helped Moss, who is recovering from a stroke, climb on stage. He whispered lyrics in her ear as she hesitantly sung "God Bless The Child," her voice sounding stronger as the song progressed. The audience reaction was electrifying, with a resounding round of applause in recognition of Moss's passion in overcoming her disability.
After her first song, the Mary Moss of old reappeared, swinging and singing on "Smooth Sailing," scatting and improvising on the lyrics. Moss's transformation on stage was stunning. The "Lady With a Song" let her fans know her flame was still burning.