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 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.

 2 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.

 3 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.

 4 Diana Ross

Diana Ross
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: March 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

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 5 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.

 6 Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: July 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the world's best-selling music artists ever, Linda Ronstadt has sold over 100 million records worldwide. She performed in diverse genres, including Latin, light opera, rock, and country. She is also one of the most decorated female music artists of all time, having won prestigious awards, such as the National Medal of Arts and Humanities.

 7 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.

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 8 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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 9 Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 10 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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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 11 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.

 12 Linda Purl

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

 13 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.

 14 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.

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 15 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.

 16 Paloma Faith

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

 17 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 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 Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.
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Famous As: actor, singer-songwriter, bandleader, composer
Birthdate: September 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 20 Harry Connick, Jr.

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

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

 22 Lena Horne

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

 23 Celeste

Celeste
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American

 24 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
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 25 Sunny Ozell

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

 26 Adan Canto

Adan Canto
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Mexican
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 27 K. D. Lang

K. D. Lang
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: November 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Cab Calloway

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

 29 Joss Stone

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

 30 Diana Krall

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

 31 Boz Scaggs

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

 32 Peggy Lee

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

 33 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2000

 34 Jason Mraz

Jason Mraz
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Famous As: Singer and Musician
Birthdate: June 23, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 35 Bobby Womack

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

 36 Roberta Flack

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

 37 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

 38 Macy Gray

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

 39 Valarie Pettiford

Valarie Pettiford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 40 Charles Aznavour

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

 41 Steve Lawrence

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

 42 Deana Martin

Deana Martin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 Leslie Uggams

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

 44 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

 45 Adnan Sami

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

 46 Tony Hadley

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

 47 Pat Metheny

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

 48 Laura Nyro

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

 49 Al Martino

Al Martino
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 13, 2009

 50 Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1963
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