American Female Jazz Musicians

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 1 Billie Holiday

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia
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 Eartha Kitt

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

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 3 Chaka Khan

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Famous As: Singer
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.

 4 Fiona Apple

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Pianist, Writer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan

 5 Eva Cassidy

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: November 2, 1996

 6 Gwen Verdon

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 7 Rita Coolidge

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
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 8 Julie London

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Character actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: September 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Rosa
Died: October 18, 2000

 9 Rachael MacFarlane

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Famous As: Voice actor, Unit production manager, Writer, Actor, Jazz musician, Singer
Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kent

 10 Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria
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Famous As: Actor, Jazz musician, Singer, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: May 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belleville

 11 Peggy Lee

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jamestown, North Dakota, United States
Died: January 21, 2002

 12 Esperanza Spalding

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Famous As: Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer
Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland

 13 Cindy Vela

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas
Cindy Vela is best known for her roles in movies such as Black November, Camino, and Endgame. She is also a talented saxophonist and has been a model and a muse. The short film Exhibit-B5, which featured her as an accident victim, became viral on social media as real. 

 14 Wendy Carlos

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA

 15 Sarah Vaughan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990

 16 Nancy Wilson(Jazz Singer)

Nancy Wilson(Jazz Singer)
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Famous As: Pop music, Cabaret Jazz
Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States

 17 Melody Gardot

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Singer, Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey

 18 Ethel Waters

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chester County
Died: September 1, 1977

 19 Kate Higgins

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist
Birthdate: August 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottesville

 20 Keely Smith

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 9, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norfolk

 21 Cindy Blackman Santana

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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: November 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yellow Springs, Ohio

 22 Lucia Micarelli

Lucia Micarelli
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Famous As: Actor, Jazz musician, Violinist, Television actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 23 Mary Lou Williams

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Famous As: American jazz pianist
Birthdate: May 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: May 28, 1981

 24 Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
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Famous As: Pianist, Actor, Jazz musician, Singer
Birthdate: April 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 10, 1994

 25 Stacey Kent

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Famous As: Jazz musician, Singer, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: City of Orange Township

 26 Carla Bley

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Famous As: bandleader, composer, conductor, jazz musician
Birthdate: May 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oakland

 27 Adelaide Hall

Adelaide Hall
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Famous As: Singer, Artist, Jazz musician, Actor, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 20, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 7, 1993

 28 Shirley Horn

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

 29 Cheryl Miller

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, USA

 30 Helen Jones Woods

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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: September 30, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: July 25, 2020

 31 Dorothy Donegan

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 19, 1998

 32 Alice Coltrane

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2007

 33 Zeena Parkins

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 34 Corky Hale

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

 35 Brandee Younger

Brandee Younger
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Famous As: Harpist
Birthdate: July 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hempstead, New York, United States

 36 Dorothy Ashby

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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: April 13, 1986

 37 Valaida Snow

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