Flora Purim (born in March 6 1942 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian jazz singer known mainly for her work in the jazz fusion style. She became prominent for her part in Chick Corea's landmark album Return to Forever. She has recorded and performed with many artists, including Stanley Clarke, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Evans, Stan Getz, the Grateful Dead, Jaco Pastorius, and her husband Airto Moreira.
Purim's parents were both classical musicians, her Russian father on violin and her mother on piano . Flora discovered American jazz when her mother played it while her husband was out of the house. Melt2000: Flora Purim (bio)
"She would bring home those 78 vinyl RPMs and when my father was at work, she would play them. That was how I got exposed to jazz music. Basically listening to Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, and Frank Sinatra. But also a lot of piano players, such Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Errol Garner, those were my mother's favorites." Beatrice Richardson for Jazz
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora Purim