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.
Stevie WonderStevie Wonder
13 May 1950
Singer-songwriter
Diana RossDiana Ross
26 March 1944
American singer

Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
15 July 1946
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Janis JoplinJanis Joplin
19 January 1943
Singer

Nina SimoneNina Simone
21 February 1933
Singer-songwriter, Composer

Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin
25 March 1942
Singer
Paul Albert AnkaPaul Anka
30 July 1941
Singer, Songwriter

Tom WaitsTom Waits
07 December 1949
Singer, Composer, Actor

Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald
25 April 1917
Singer
Eartha KittEartha Kitt
17 January 1927
Singer

Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.
11 September 1967
American singer
Nat King ColeNat King Cole
17 March 1919
Vocalist, Pianist

Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom Jr.
06 August 1981
Actor

Lena HorneLena Horne
30 June 1917
Singer

Jason MrazJason Mraz
23 June 1977
Singer and Musician

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

Cab CallowayCab Calloway
25 December 1907
Singer

Gwen VerdonGwen Verdon
13 January 1925
Actress

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

Della ReeseDella Reese
06 July 1931
Singer, Actress
Pat MethenyPat Metheny
12 August 1954
Guitarist

Polly BergenPolly Bergen
14 July 1930
Actress

Steve LawrenceSteve Lawrence
08 July 1935
Singer
Leslie UggamsLeslie Uggams
25 May 1943
Actress

Jo StaffordJo Stafford
12 November 1917
Singer
Abbey LincolnAbbey Lincoln
06 August 1930
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist

Jack JonesJack Jones
14 January 1938
Singer

Charles BrownCharles Brown
13 September 1922
American singer
Cybill Lynne ShepherdCybill Lynne Shepherd
18 February 1950
Actress

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Macy GrayMacy Gray
06 September 1967
Singer-songwriter
Harry Connick Jr.Harry Connick Jr.
11 September 1967
actor, singer-songwriter, bandleader, composer

Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs
08 June 1944
Singer

El DeBargeEl DeBarge
04 June 1961
Singer-songwriter

Linda PurlLinda Purl
02 September 1955
Actress
Bobby WomackBobby Womack
04 March 1944
Singer
Sister Rosetta TharpeSister Rosetta Tharpe
20 March 1915
Singer

Rickie Lee JonesRickie Lee Jones
08 November 1954
Singer

Deana MartinDeana Martin
19 August 1948
Singer

Laura NyroLaura Nyro
18 October 1947
Songwriter
Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman
06 July 1949
Singer

Al MartinoAl Martino
07 October 1927
Singer

George DukeGeorge Duke
12 January 1946
Musician

Sylvia SymsSylvia Syms
02 December 1917
Singer

Al Di MeolaAl Di Meola
22 July 1954
Guitarist
Phoebe SnowPhoebe Snow
17 July 1950
Singer-songwriter

Frankie LaineFrankie Laine
30 March 1913
Singer
Kate SmithKate Smith
01 May 1907
Singer

Olu DaraOlu Dara
12 January 1941
cornetist

Narada Michael WaldenNarada Michael Walden
23 April 1952
Musician
Roy AyersRoy Ayers
10 September 1940
Musician

June PointerJune Pointer
30 November 1953
Singer
Hazel ScottHazel Scott
11 June 1920
Jazz Pianist

Meshell NdegeocelloMeshell Ndegeocello
29 August 1968
Singer-songwriter

Sophie TuckerSophie Tucker
13 January 1884
Actress

Renee OlsteadRenee Olstead
18 June 1989
Actress

Blossom DearieBlossom Dearie
28 April 1924
pianist, singer, jazz musician
Ruth BrownRuth Brown
12 January 1928
Singer-songwriter

Big Joe TurnerBig Joe Turner
18 May 1911
Singer

Valarie PettifordValarie Pettiford
08 July 1960
Actress

Bob CrosbyBob Crosby
23 August 1913
Singer
Jimmy ScottJimmy Scott
17 July 1925
Vocalist

Teresa BrewerTeresa Brewer
07 May 1931
Singer
Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae
08 April 1920
Pianist, Actor, Jazz musician, Singer

Betty CarterBetty Carter
16 May 1929
Singer

Harry Connick, Jr.Harry Connick, Jr.
11 September 1967
Singer
Stacey KentStacey Kent
27 March 1968
Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality

Dolores GrayDolores Gray
07 June 1924
Actress
Kenny RankinKenny Rankin
10 February 1940
Singer

Jack TeagardenJack Teagarden
20 August 1905
Trombonist

Tex BenekeTex Beneke
12 February 1914
Saxophonist
Mildred BaileyMildred Bailey
27 February 1907
Singer

Chris ConnorChris Connor
08 November 1927
Singer
Tim HauserTim Hauser
12 December 1941
Singer

Al HibblerAl Hibbler
16 August 1915
Baritone

Jimmy RushingJimmy Rushing
26 August 1901
Singer

Thelma CarpenterThelma Carpenter
15 January 1922
Singer
Susannah McCorkleSusannah McCorkle
01 January 1946
Jazz singer
Ella Mae MorseElla Mae Morse
12 September 1924
Singer

Patricia BarberPatricia Barber
08 November 1955
Singer

Gloria LynneGloria Lynne
23 November 1929
Vocalist

Doc CheathamDoc Cheatham
13 June 1905
Jazz Trumpeter
Don CornellDon Cornell
21 April 1919
Singer

Blue Lu BarkerBlue Lu Barker
13 November 1913
Singer

Joe WilliamsJoe Williams
12 December 1918
Singer

George JesselGeorge Jessel
03 April 1898
Actor

Ross BarbourRoss Barbour
31 December 1928
Singer
Helen O'ConnellHelen O'Connell
23 May 1920
Singer