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.
Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950

Diana RossDiana Ross
26 March 1944
American singer

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
19 January 1943

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942

Tom WaitsTom Waits
07 December 1949
Singer, Composer, Actor
Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Nat King ColeNat King Cole
17 March 1919
Vocalist, Pianist
Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917

Jason MrazJason Mraz
23 June 1977
Singer and Musician
Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald
25 April 1917

Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927

Chet BakerChet Baker
23 December 1929
Jazz Trumpeter
Gary BurghoffGary Burghoff
24 May 1943

Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.
11 September 1967
American singer
Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom Jr.
06 August 1981

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907

Bessie SmithBessie Smith
15 April 1894
Roberta FlackRoberta Flack
10 February 1937
Singer, Pianist

Della ReeseDella Reese
06 July 1931
Singer, Actress
Steve LawrenceSteve Lawrence
08 July 1935

Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954

Polly BergenPolly Bergen
14 July 1930

Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln
06 August 1930
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist
Charles BrownCharles Brown
13 September 1922
American singer
Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.
11 September 1967
actor, singer-songwriter, bandleader, composer

Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie
28 April 1924
pianist, singer, jazz musician

Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae
08 April 1920
Pianist, Actor, Jazz musician, Singer

Stacey KentStacey Kent
27 March 1968
Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality
Joe WilliamsJoe Williams
12 December 1918