Yolande Bavan (born June 1, 1942 in Ceylon) is a singer and actress.
She toured Australia and Asia as a performer with Graeme Bell's band early in her career. She is best known for replacing Annie Ross in the legendary jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross after Ross was forced to leave the group due to poor health in 1962. She recorded three albums, all live recordings, with the group under the name of Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan. In 1964, she and Dave Lambert left the group, effectively ending the trio. She appeared on "To Tell the Truth" in 1962 and in a rare feat, the singing group appeared and sang "This Could be the Start (of something big)."
In 1969, Peter Ivers and Yolande Bavan made an album for Epic Records, called Knight of the Blue Communion. Bavan also provided vocals for Weather Report's 1972 album I Sing the Body Electric, and has made several recorded appearances in musicals including Salvation, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Michael John LaChiusa's Bernarda Alba. She has also made appearances in such films as Parting Glances, One True Thing, and Cosmopolitan, as well as performing in many plays.
- Yanow, Scott. Bebop, Backbeat Books, 2000, p. 301.