American Female Jazz Musicians

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 1 
Billie Holiday
(One of the Greatest Jazz Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s)

Billie Holiday
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Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17, 1959
Jazz legend Billie Holiday had a tumultuous childhood and ended up in prison due to prostitution. Upon her release, at 14, she started singing using her pseudonym and performed at sold-out Carnegie Hall shows. Nicknamed Lady Day, she was riddled with alcohol and drug issues. She won four posthumous Grammys.

 2 
Chaka Khan
(Singer)

Chaka Khan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
Ten-time Grammy-winning funk/R&B/disco artist Chaka Khan, or the Queen of Funk, soared to fame as the frontwoman of the band Rufus. Known for her hit track I Feel for You, Khan has sold 70 million records and has ranked 17th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll list.

 3 
Rita Coolidge
(Musician)

Rita Coolidge
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Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States

 4 
Eva Cassidy
(Singer, Guitarist)

Eva Cassidy
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Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oxon Hill, Maryland, United States
Died: November 2, 1996

 5 
Peggy Lee
(Singer)

Peggy Lee
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Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002

 6 
Esperanza Spalding
(Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer)

Esperanza Spalding
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Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland

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Sarah Vaughan
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Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990
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 8 
Wendy Carlos
(Musician)

Wendy Carlos
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Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

 9 
Melody Gardot
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist)

Melody Gardot
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Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey

 10 
Alice Coltrane
(Musician)

Alice Coltrane
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Birthdate: August 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2007

 11 
Ethel Waters
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor)

Ethel Waters
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Birthdate: October 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chester County
Died: September 1, 1977

 12 
Kate Higgins
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist)

Kate Higgins
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Birthdate: August 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottesville

 13 
Keely Smith
(Jazz Singer Who Released Hits Like ‘That Old Black Magic’ and ‘I Wish You Love’)

Keely Smith
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Birthdate: March 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: December 16, 2017

 14 

Cindy Blackman Santana
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Birthdate: November 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yellow Springs, Ohio

 15 
Rachael Price
(Singer, Musician)

Rachael Price
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 16 
Lucia Micarelli
(Actor, Jazz musician, Violinist, Television actor)

Lucia Micarelli
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Birthdate: July 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 17 
Stacey Kent
(Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality)

Stacey Kent
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Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: City of Orange Township

 18 
Mary Lou Williams
(American jazz pianist)

Mary Lou Williams
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Birthdate: May 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: May 28, 1981

 19 
Adelaide Hall
(Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor)

Adelaide Hall
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Birthdate: October 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 7, 1993

 20 
Carla Bley
(Known for Her Jazz Opera 'Escalator Over the Hill')

Carla Bley
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Birthdate: May 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

 21 
Shirley Horn
(Musician)

Shirley Horn
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Birthdate: May 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 20, 2005

 22 
Cheryl Miller
(Actress)

Cheryl Miller
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Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, USA

 23 
Marion Montgomery
(Singer, Musician)

Marion Montgomery
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Birthdate: November 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Natchez, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 22, 2002

 24 
Helen Jones Woods
(Jazz musician)

Helen Jones Woods
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Birthdate: September 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: July 25, 2020

 25 
Valaida Snow
(Jazz musician)

Valaida Snow
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Birthdate: June 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 30, 1956

 26 
Dorothy Donegan
(Musician)

Dorothy Donegan
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Birthdate: April 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 19, 1998

 27 
Zeena Parkins
(Musician)

Zeena Parkins
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Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 28 
Marilyn Mazur
(Percussionist)

Marilyn Mazur
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Birthdate: January 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 29 
Corky Hale
(Harpist)

Corky Hale
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Birthdate: July 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States