NPR's On Point with Guest Host Ray Suarez

The Vast Voice Of Sarah Vaughan

Race, jazz and the incredible voice of Sarah Vaughan, Queen of Bebop. It was a golden age for American music - the war was over, there was a burst of affluence, creativity, and change. One of the most distinctive voices of postwar decades belonged to Sarah Vaughan. Listen at 



Publishers Weekly Radio with Rose Fox and Mark Rotella

Music historian Elaine Hayes discusses her new book, 'Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan.' PW editorial director Jim Milliot looks back at the first half of 2017 in publishing. Listen at


Shelf Awareness with Marilyn Dahl

The Writer's Life: Elaine M. Hayes: Discovering Sarah Vaughan

Hayes's meticulously researched biography, Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, focuses on the voice of one of the most amazing vocalists of the 20th century. Hayes weaves in the story of Vaughan's life, along with racial, social, and gender history and issues." Read at



Tampa Bay Times

Book Notes: Elaine M. Hayes "Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Elaine M. Hayes' book Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan is a well-researched biography that vividly explores the singer's life and musical legacy. Read (and listen) at

Nightstand with Piper Castillo: What’s Elaine M. Hayes reading?

Hayes, the author of Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan, said she was a college student when Vaughan’s voice first captivated her. "My roommate played a lot of her in our daily life. I remember thinking that she had a phenomenal voice, the way she swooped from bottom of range to the top. She had an amazing harmonic sense, and I was so impressed with how she could improvise,’’ said Hayes, 44. "I often say Sarah Vaughan was my crossover moment, my gateway into jazz." Read at

Book q&a with Deborah Kalb

Q&A with Elaine M. Hayes

Elaine M. Hayes is the author of the new biography Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan. She was editor of the magazine Earshot Jazz and has contributed to Seattle magazine, and has taught classes on jazz, classical, and world music. She lives in Seattle. Read at


Path to Publication with Waverly Fitzgerald

Q&A with Elaine Hayes

Elaine Hayes took my Nonfiction Book Proposal Class in 2011 and I attended the book launch for Queen of BeBop, her biography of singer Sarah Vaughan on July 6, 2017, at Elliott Bay Book Company. It was wonderful to see Elaine share her passion for and knowledge about Sarah Vaughan for an enthusiastic audience. She took a long, slow path to publication but the hard work she did is obvious in a book rich with lyrical language and packed with quotes from people who knew Sarah Vaughan, many of whom Elaine interviewed. Read at