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Readers Respond: Important Jazz Singers

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From the article: Ten Famous Jazz Singers
Jazz singers have often had the most success at breaking into the realm of popular music. Here is a list of ten classic jazz singers who gave a voice to jazz, showing that it is possible to both sing and swing.

Favourite Jazz Singers

No way Lena Horne, as a jazz singer. Should be Anita O'Day.
—artonabike

Jazz Singers

The best of the best Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday and the list goes on and on..........
—oharris739

Did I miss something?

Anita O'Day. Anyone? I cannot believe she's forgotten! The movie about her life is fabulous!
—jukejointer

my favorite jazz singer

ella fitzgerald, billy holiday, nat cole, chet baker, john pizarelli, mel torme, joe williams
—Guest jeannettemickeycarrollmoyer

BriBri

My current favorite is Madelaine Peyroux. Of the old timers, Billie Holiday thank you very much! Saw her in Detroit many years ago and she just killed me.
—Guest Madelaine Peyroux

Pop's he is king....

Important arguable the most important,,,,Louis Armstrong from his scatting to the way he phrased on trumpet as well as vocally; furthermore, his techniques still have a lasting influence today!!
—Guest jay lewis

billie holiday

anyone who is familiar with her original recordings of the 1930's already know she was the finitive jazz singer--forget "Strange Fruit" and the later dark mood stuff that gets most of the publicity.
—Guest thela ostling

Jazz Singer

Everyone should definitely know about a jazz singer in LA named ELIJAH ROCK, apart of the Downtown Jazz Project. he sings and Tap dances. Check out their re-make of "Mini the Moocher" on www.myspace.com/downtownjazzproject
—Guest Jazzcat

Three More Extraordinary Women

I'd have to add these three (two from my college (music major) days: June Christie; her "Misty Miss Christy" album remains one of my all-time favorites. Two songs stand out: "That's All," and "For all we Know." Julie London had a sultry, smoky voice, and she was "in the zone" with songs like "Cry me a River," and turned "Bye-Bye Blackbird" into a whole new genre of jazz. Finally, while Billie Holiday was an acknowledged Queen of the Blues, Diana Ross did a credible job of taking on her role in "The Lady Sings the Blues." I also find many of the songs in the Supreme's Album, "The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hardt," to be excellent jazz covers. Another of my all-time favorite songs from college days was "Dancing on the Ceiling," and Diana's version is excellent.
—frannycats

Unheralded Jazz Singers

Nat King Cole is/was one of the finest jazz singers ever. Mark Murphy represents the clearest instruments I have ever heard. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of male jazz singers. Female singers are another thing. Sophie Milman, Nnenna Freelon, Sacha Boutros, Azure McCall, Calabria Foti, Karrin Allyson and Mishka Adams are just a few excellent jazz singers that come to my mind. Cassandra Wilson, Roberta Gambarini, Angela Hagenbach, Kendra Shank and Jacqui Dankworth also thrill me immensely.
—jazzbro50

Unheralded Jazz Singers

Nat King Cole is/was one of the finest jazz singers ever. Mark Murphy represents the clearest instruments I have ever heard. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of male jazz singers. Female singers are another thing. Sophie Milman, Nnenna Freelon, Sacha Boutros, Azure McCall, Calabria Foti, Karrin Allyson and Mishka Adams are just a few excellent jazz singers that come to my mind. Cassandra Wilson, Roberta Gambarini, Angela Hagenbach, Kendra Shank and Jacqui Dankworth also thrill me immensely.
—jazzbro50

wellness

Of living singers Cassandra has redefined "standards,"Dee Dee Bridgewater is a force of nature if you have ever seen her live, Dianne Reeves appears to levitate at times, Melissa Walker has an individual taste that advances the music, Tessa Souter has an elegance and sensuality that grabs you, ZAndy Bey is an original
—Guest bheckman

Big Lou

Joe Williams was the greatest He had the most natural voice of any singer I ever heard
—biglouofalbany

wellness

Billie Holiday talks directly to you- no one else, as great as their instrument (Sarah), musicality (Betty Carter,), even swing (Ella) might be can match Billie's communicability- infectious, pervading and why you want to experience any art in any form.
—Guest bheckman

THE BEST EVER.......

From a musician.. Dinah, Dinah Dynooomite.........
—Guest Robert

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