Do you know what’s common between Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, George Benson and Norah Jones? Apart from the fact that they all are iconic American musicians, they belong to the genre of jazz music. An indigenous art form, jazz music came into prominence during the early twentieth century. An extension of American style and attitude, the music type soon found itself everywhere, from the bustling nightclubs to the lonely sidewalks, the serious classrooms and the funny television and radio shows. And to top it all, it has since then become a reflection of American culture. Quite amazing isn’t it, for an art form to not just emerge but become a cultural phenomenon! Symbolic of the cultural tiffs between the conservationists and modernists, much of its grandeur and magnificence rests on supremely talented jazz singers who glorified the genre to be what it is today. American jazz singers have made immeasurable contribution to the American music. With their distinctive voice and creative innovations, they have helped jazz to become a musical point baton that it is today. Breeze through this section and know about the life and music of iconic American jazz singers.
Diana RossDiana Ross

26 March 1944

Stevie WonderStevie Wonder

13 May 1950

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin

25 March 1942

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt

15 July 1946

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin

19 January 1943

Nat King ColeNat King Cole

17 March 1919

Nina SimoneNina Simone

21 February 1933

Tom WaitsTom Waits

07 December 1949

Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald

25 April 1917

Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka

30 July 1941

Jason MrazJason Mraz

23 June 1977

Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.

11 September 1967

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Lena HorneLena Horne

30 June 1917

Roberta FlackRoberta Flack

10 February 1937

Chet BakerChet Baker

23 December 1929

Bessie SmithBessie Smith

15 April 1894

Cab CallowayCab Calloway

25 December 1907

Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom Jr.

06 August 1981

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Della ReeseDella Reese

06 July 1931

Pat MethenyPat Metheny

12 August 1954

Polly BergenPolly Bergen

14 July 1930

Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln

06 August 1930

Charles BrownCharles Brown

13 September 1922

Eartha KittEartha Kitt

17 January 1927

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Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.

11 September 1967

Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie

28 April 1924

Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae

08 April 1920

Stacey KentStacey Kent

27 March 1968

Joe WilliamsJoe Williams

12 December 1918