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The Jazz Vocalists
The Roots (The Blues and the Big Band Singers)
Bessie Smith (Blues) 1920s

Louis Armstrong (trumpet, Voice) (1901-1971)

Coming to prominence in the 20s as an innovative cornet and trumpet virtuoso, Armstrong was a foundational influence on jazz, shifting the music's focus from collective improvisation to solo performers. With his distinctive gravelly voice, Armstrong was an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also greatly skilled at scat singing, or wordless vocalizing.

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence, Armstrong's influence extended well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the '60s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general: critic Steve Leggett describes Armstrong as "perhaps the most important American musician of the 20th century."[5]

Ella fitzgerald (Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996, 78 years old))

One Note Samba

Gee Baby Ain’t I good to you (joe Pass and Ella)
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter.

Nicknamed Lady Day[1] by her sometime collaborator Lester Young, Holiday was a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style — strongly inspired by instrumentalists — pioneered a new way of manipulating wording and tempo, and also popularized a more personal and intimate approach to singing. Critic John Bush wrote that she "changed the art of American pop vocals forever."[2] She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably "God Bless the Child", "Don't Explain", and "Lady Sings the Blues".

Fine and Mellow

What a little moonlight can do the blues are Brewing

Bing Crosby Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby (May 3, 1903October 14, 1977) was an Academy Award winning American popular singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death.

One of the first multimedia stars, from 1934 to 1954 Bing Crosby held a nearly unrivaled command of record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses.[1] He is cited among the most popular musical acts in history and is currently the most electronically recorded human voice in history. [2] Crosby is also credited as being the major inspiration for most of the male singers of the era that followed him, including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine recognized Crosby as the person who had done the most for American G.I. morale during World War II and, during his peak years, around 1948, polls declared him the "most admired man alive," ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII.[1][3] Also during 1948, the Music Digest estimated that Crosby recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.[3] Clarinetist Artie Shawdescribed Crosby as "the first hip white person born in the United States."[4]
Pennies From Heaven

Cab Calloway

Ethel waters

Rosemary Clooney

Doris Day

Frank Sinatra
Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920January 21, 2002)

Great Interpreters of the jazz standards and Latin

Tony Bennett

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Tania Maria (Bresil)

Flora Purim

Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with seventy-plus albums, and three Grammy Awards so far in her career. She's been labeled a singer of blues, jazz, cabaret and pop; a "consummate actress"; and "the complete entertainer." The title she prefers, however, is song stylist.[1] She has received many nicknames--"Sweet Nancy, The Baby" and the "Fancy Miss Nancy" are only two of them.[2]

João Gilberto

Dinah Washington

Sammy Davis Jr.

Aaron Nevill

Jimmy Scott

Abby Lincon

Harry Connick Jr.

June Christie

Cleo Lane

Scat Singers
Carmen McRae (piano/voice/composer/actress)(1922-1994) 60 albums during her career

What a little moonlight can do to you body and soul live

Round Midnight

Betty Carter (singer/Song writer) (May 16, 1929September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer who was renowned for her improvisational technique and idiosyncratic vocal style. Carmen McRae once claimed that "there's really only one jazz singer - only one: Betty Carter."[1] original song “Tight” one of her last filmed performance

Carter was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Detroit, where her father led a church choir. She studied piano at the Detroit Conservatory. She won a talent contest and became a regular on the local club circuit, singing and playing piano. When she was 16, she sang with Charlie Parker, and she later performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

June Christie with Nat King Cole, and Mel Tome
Mel Torme (1925- 1999) the Velvet Fog

Bobby McPhearan
Sarah Lois Vaughan (nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One") (March 27, 1924 – April 3, 1990) was an American jazz singer, described by Scott Yanow as having "one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century".[1] She had a contralto vocal range. [2]

Sarah Vaughan was a Grammy Award winner.[3] The National Endowment for the Arts bestowed upon her its highest honor in jazz, the NEA Jazz Masters Award in 1989.

Round Midnight live with Dizzy Gillespie

The shadow of your smile

The sassy one


Diane Reeves

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Al Jareau

Cassandra Wilson

Joe Willians (Blues)

Sheila Jordan

Anita O’Day

Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919. Anita died on Thanksgiving morning November 23, 2006. O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off- Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band leader and drummer Gene Krupa. In 1941 she joined Krupa’s band, and a few weeks later Krupa hired trumpeter Roy Eldridge. O’Day and Eldridge had great chemistry on stage and their duet “Let Me Off Uptown” became a million-dollar-seller, boosting the popularity of the Krupa band. Also that year, “Down Beat” magazine named O’Day “New Star of the Year” and, in 1942, she was selected as one of the top five big band singers....(continued on her web site)

Tea for Two

sweet Georgia Brown

Vocal Groups and Vocalize (writing words to Jazz Solos)

Lambert Hendrix and Ross (Annie Ross, John Hendrix, Dave Lambert(the vocal arranger)Group formed in the late 50s.

King Pleasure (His Hit Moody’s mood for love was in 1952)

Amy winehouse (singing Moody’s Mood for Love) YouTube
Joe Henderson
Eddy Jefferson

Double Six

Manhattan Transfer (Popular during the 80s and 90s)
Kurt Elling (born in 1967) 7 albums on Blue Note.

Singer Instrumentalistes
Jamie Cullum (28 years old from Britain)

The 28-year-old's Verve  debut, Twentysomething, was a worldwide smash last year, selling over two million copies (including nearly 400,000 in the States) and garnering a Grammy nomination.

Nina simone (piano/voice)

Chet Baker(trumpet/voice)

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic looks and singing. But his career was marred by drug addiction.

It Could happen to you

My Funny Valentine.

Georges Benson (guitar/voice)

Esperanza Spalding (Bass/voice)

for her biography go to her website.

body and soul live

There is a ton of videos on Utube check her out.

Nat King Cole (piano/voice)

Shirley Horne (Piano/voice)

Once I loved

Something happens to me


Diane Shure (piano/voice)

Blossom Dearie (Piano/voice)

Diana Krall (Piano/voice)

Champian Fulton

Official Web site

tea for two live

Melody Gardot

] Melody Gardot /ɡɑrˈdoʊ/ (born February 2, 1985) is a Grammy-nominated American singer, writer and musician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, though she considers herself a "citizen of the world".[1] She has been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Judy Garland, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and George Gershwin as well as Latin music artists such as Caetano Veloso.[2] Her music has been compared to that of Nina Simone.[3]

Gardot follows the teachings of Buddhism,[4][5] is a macrobiotic cook[6] and humanitarian who often speaks about the benefits of music therapy. She has visited various universities and hospitals to speak about its ability to help reconnect neural pathways in the brain, improve speech ability, and lift general spirits. In a recent interview she was rumored[citation needed] to be working closely in a university in the United States to help develop a program for music therapy and the management of pain, something she has spoken about establishing in the future on her own.[citation needed

Baby I’m a Fool (live)

Who will comfort me

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