Jazz Singers

Jazz singers are musicians who compose and sing jazz music, a genre dating back to early 1800s. Jazz singers are often composers also and play instruments and compose songs and albums for the music lovers. A jazz singer is often associated with other forms of music like blues, reggae and ragtime. Jazz singers often form a band with other members playing instruments like guitar, piano etc. Jazz singers travel a lot of places across the globe to play for their fans. Like many other musicians Jazz singers offer their audiences a different world to unwind and let go. This genre of music has survived for a century now and is still as famous as ever. Jazz singers have now modernized their music and there are new forms like acid jazz which include modern elements like synthesizer, whereas Jazzcore is for heavy metal lovers and Punk jazz combines with punk rock music. However, the jazz music is still popular for its inherent charm and the singers are working hard to keep the tradition alive. From Miles Davis to Wynton Marsalis, there have been eminent jazz singers around the world who have redefined the art time and again. To discover more about famous Jazz singers enter this space and read their biographies which include their life histories, interesting facts and trivia.
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 1 Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

American singer and songwriter, Stevie Wonder, is one of most influential and the best-selling musicians of all time. That Girl, Gotta Have You, I Just Called to Say I Love You, Part-Time Lover and Happy Birthday are some of his chartbuster songs. He has won many awards and accolades, including 25 Grammy Awards.

 2 Michael BublĂ©

Michael Buble
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Canadian, Italian

Michael Bublé is a Canadian record producer, singer, and songwriter. He gained international recognition after releasing his fourth studio album It's Time. Also known for his charity work, Michael Bublé was part of a charity concert where he pledged a donation of A$50,000 to those affected by the Black Saturday bushfires in Australia.

 3 Cyndi Lauper

Cyndi Lauper
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: June 22, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Cyndi Lauper is an American singer-songwriter, activist, and actress. Apart from her distinctive appearance, Lauper is also known for her achievements; having won three of the four major entertainment awards (Grammy, Emmy, Tony), she is consistently named in lists like 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Cyndi Lauper is also celebrated for her humanitarian work and charitable efforts.

 4 Sade Adu

Sade Adu
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Nigerian, British
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 5 Tom Waits

Tom Waits
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Tom Waits is a musician and songwriter. His lyrics, which are delivered in his trademark gravelly voice, often focus on the underbelly of society. His story of being born in a middle-class family to becoming one of the greatest songwriters of all time serves as an inspiration to many. He has also influenced several musicians and attained a cult following.

 6 Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

A passion for acting and singing since his early life, made Leslie Odom Jr an accomplished artist of stage, television, films and music industry. Debuting at the age of seventeen, his best performance came with the role of Aaron Burr in Broadway musical Hamilton. The talented artist also has three solo jazz albums and a published book in his resume.

 7 Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole
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Famous As: Vocalist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.
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 8 Amy Jade Winehouse

Amy Jade Winehouse
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: July 23, 2011
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
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 9 Paul Anka

Paul Albert Anka
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 30, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, American

Paul Anka is a Canadian-American actor and singer-songwriter. As a songwriter, he has contributed to the success of popular musicians, such as Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson. He has also contributed to the theme of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Also known for his business ventures, Anka is credited with opening the popular restaurant and club, Jubilation.

 10 George Harrison

George Harrison
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: November 29, 2001

Gaining fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band, the Beatles, English musician, George Harrison, helped broaden the scope of popular music in the Western world. He was also successful as a solo performer and released many best-selling albums. He was named in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

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 11 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 12 Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 15, 1996

Ella Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer. Referred to as the Queen of Jazz, First Lady of Song, and Lady Ella, Fitzgerald was renowned for her impeccable diction, purity of tone, timing, and intonation. The winner of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Arts, Fitzgerald's legacy lives on several years after her death.

 13 Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 1970

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 14 Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 15 Harry Connick, Jr.

Harry Connick, Jr.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 Nina Simone

Nina Simone
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Composer
Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 21, 2003

Widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Nina Simone was a pioneering recording artist whose career was characterized by improvisational genius and fits of outrage. Nina continues to be an important musician and has influenced several artists like Elton John, Adele, David Bowie, Madonna, and Aretha Franklin. She was also a civil rights activist.

 17 Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 18 Jeff Healey

Jeff Healey
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian
Died: March 2, 2008

Jeff Healey was a Canadian blues-rock and jazz vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist. Apart from establishing his own career, Jeff Healey also helped develop the careers of several other musicians, including Philip Sayce, Terra Hazelton, and Amanda Meta Marshall. For his contribution to music, Jeff Healey was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame and the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.

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 19 Joss Stone

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Famous As: Soul Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Joss Stone is an English singer, actress, and songwriter. One of the most successful British female singers of her generation, Stone has sold more than 15 million records worldwide. She has also received several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Award and Brit Awards. In 2006, Joss Stone became the youngest woman to be featured in the Sunday Times Rich List.

 20 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

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 21 Lena Horne

Lena Horne
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 9, 2010

Lena Horne was an American singer, actress, dancer, and civil rights activist. Horne's 70-year acting career was embellished with several prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards. Her life and career were depicted in many stage shows, where she was portrayed by actresses like Leslie Uggams, Nikki Crawford, and Ryan Jillian.

 22 Chet Baker

Chet Baker
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Famous As: Jazz Trumpeter
Birthdate: December 23, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 13, 1988

Chet Baker was an American vocalist and jazz trumpeter. He achieved recognition during the 1950s and his innovations within cool jazz, a style of modern jazz music, earned him the nickname prince of cool. However, his drug addiction overshadowed much of his professional achievements. His life and work inspired the 2015 drama film Born to Be Blue.

 23 Sunny Ozell

Sunny Ozell
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 24 Adnan Sami

Adnan Sami
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Canadian, Indian, Pakistani, British
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 25 Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 26, 1937

Bessie Smith was an American singer who gained popularity during the Jazz Age. Dubbed the Empress of the Blues, Smith was one of the most famous blues singers of the 1920s and 1930s. Counted among the greatest singers of her generation, Bessie Smith was a major influence on several other singers. Her life and work inspired the TV film Bessie.

 26 Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz
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Famous As: Singer and Musician
Birthdate: June 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Guitarist and singer Jason Mraz is known for his Billboard-charting tracks such as The Remedy (I Won't Worry) and I'm Yours. The two-time Grammy-winning artist is highly influenced by Brazilian music. He has launched The Jason Mraz Foundation and is associated with causes such as human rights and LGBT equality.
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 27 Macy Gray

Macy Gray
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 28 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 29 Della Reese

Della Reese
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 19, 2017
Jazz and gospel singer and actor Della Reese, who was also an ordained minister, gained fame with tracks such as Don't You Know? and Some of her best-known films were Harlem Nights and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She played Tess in the series Touched by an Angel

 30 K. D. Lang

K. D. Lang
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian
Grammy-winning Canadian pop and country singer Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known as K.D. Lang, has delivered hits such as Constant Craving. She is openly lesbian and a champion for LGBT rights and animal rights. She performed at the 1988 Winter Olympics closing ceremony and the 2010 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

 31 Boz Scaggs

Boz Scaggs
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 32 Cab Calloway

Cab Calloway
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: November 18, 1994

Jazz singer and dancer, Cab Calloway, was a famous vocalist of the swing era.  From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, he led a very popular band that included musicians like  Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham. A man of color, he became the first African-American musician to sell a million records from a single song.

 33 Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2014

 34 Linda Purl

Linda Purl
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 35 Diana Krall

Diana Krall
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Famous As: Jazz Pianist
Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. With several gold and multi-platinum albums under her belt, Krall is regarded as one of the best-selling artists of her generation. In 2009, Billboard called her the second-greatest jazz artist of the 2000–09 decade. In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.

 36 Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 37 Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack
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Famous As: Singer, Pianist
Birthdate: February 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 38 Adan Canto

Adan Canto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Mexican
Adan Canto is best known as Sunspot from the film X-Men: Days of Future Past and as Paul Torres in the series The Following. He played real-life politician Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in the Netflix series Narcos. He also directed the award-winning short film The Shot through his own production house.

 39 Leslie Uggams

Leslie Uggams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 40 Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 21, 2002

 41 Tony Hadley

Tony Hadley
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 42 Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 9, 1973

 43 Steve Lawrence

Steve Lawrence
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: August 12, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 45 Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 3, 1990

 46 Laura Nyro

Laura Nyro
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 8, 1997

 47 Phyllis Hyman

Phyllis Hyman
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 30, 1995

 48 Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 20, 2014

 49 Kate Smith

Kate Smith
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 17, 1986

 50 Jack Jones

Jack Jones
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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