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Pam Bricker, 50, musician, jazz singer

WASHINGTON -- Pam Bricker, an eclectic singer whose repertoire ranged from playful jazz interpretations to her ethereal vocals for the electronica group Thievery Corporation, was pronounced dead Feb. 21 at her home in Takoma Park, Md. She was 50.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland medical examiner's office said Ms. Bricker hanged herself and the death was ruled a suicide. Ms. Bricker's husband, Gareth Branwyn, said his wife struggled with clinical depression.

Ms. Bricker was a presence in the Washington music scene since the early 1980s, when she joined the swing vocal group Mad Romance. That provided an enduring musical partnership with founder Rick Harris and led to several well-reviewed albums.

She played at clubs with such notable musicians as guitarist Charlie Byrd, taught at George Washington University's jazz department, and, in recent years, joined Thievery Corporation.

Her best-known Thievery recording was ''Lebanese Blonde," which appeared on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for the 2004 film ''Garden State."

Thievery Corporation brought her the worldwide notice and booking schedule for which she had longed. She toured European clubs and festivals and was pleased to find an audience that did not view her as, she often put it, ''a living jukebox" providing background sounds in a bar.

Ms. Bricker's early musical life was filled with disappointments. She had a nervous breakdown at age 25, after being told by a recording executive that she was ''a little bit old" to start her music career.

After a period of withdrawal -- ''I hated music and all art" -- she slowly nursed her way back to performance, first as a guitarist and then as a singer.

Frequently nominated for Washington Area Music Association honors, she won five: as best contemporary jazz vocalist in 1999, 2000, and 2001; best contemporary jazz album in 2001 for her release ''U-topia; " and, with Harris, for best duo or group in 1993.

Pamela Carroll Bricker was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Summit, N.J. Her father was a research psychologist. Her stepfather was a trombonist who had played with Woody Herman.

She attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

She spent several years at the Twin Oaks commune in Louisa, Va., which was known for producing rope hammocks. Ms. Bricker alternated between Massachusetts and Virginia, auditing classes, singing in coffeehouses, and working her way into the Copley Plaza Hotel lounge in Boston.

In 1981, she settled in the Washington area with Branwyn, a freelance technical writer whom she met at the commune.

She leaves her husband, from whom she was separated, of Arlington, Va.; a son, Blake Maloof of Arlington; her father, Peter Bricker of Pine Knoll Shores, N.C.; a brother; and a sister.

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