Female Jazz Musicians

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Throughout history, there have been many women Jazz musicians who have made significant contribution to their field. The list includes many familiar and great female such as Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones, Jill Scott. The women featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.
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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.
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Sia
(Australian Pop Singer Known for Such Hits as 'Chandelier,' 'Elastic Heart' and 'Clap Your Hands')
Sia
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Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

 3 
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.
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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 
Rita Coolidge
(Musician)
Rita Coolidge
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Birthdate: May 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lafayette, Tennessee, United States
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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
 7 
Judith Durham
(Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter)
Judith Durham
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Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

Judith Durham is an Australian musician, singer, and songwriter. In 1963, she became the lead singer of the popular folk-influenced pop quartet The Seekers, which became the first Australian pop band to achieve major sales and chart success in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her services to music earned her the title Victorian of the Year in 2015.

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Esperanza Spalding
(Music educator, Jazz musician, Singer)
Esperanza Spalding
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Birthdate: October 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland
 9 
Cindy Breakspeare
(Canadian-Jamaican Jazz Singer, Musician and Winner of Miss World 1976 )
Cindy Breakspeare
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Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Cindy Breakspeare is a Canadian-Jamaican jazz singer, musician, and beauty queen. She was crowned Miss World 1976, becoming the second Jamaican to clinch the crown. She later became a recording artist and entrepreneur, founding a Rastafarian craft store called Ital Craf. She was once in a relationship with reggae musician Bob Marley that lasted until his death.

 10 
Wendy Carlos
(Musician)
Wendy Carlos
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Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
 11 
Sarah Vaughan
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Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990
 12 
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
 13 
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
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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
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Cindy Blackman Santana
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Birthdate: November 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yellow Springs, Ohio
 16 
Yoko Kanno
(Composer, Singer)
Yoko Kanno
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Birthdate: March 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
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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
 18 
Kate Higgins
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist)
Kate Higgins
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Birthdate: August 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charlottesville
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Mica Paris
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician)
Mica Paris
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Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
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Candy Dulfer
(Dutch Jazz and Pop Saxophonist Known for Her Album 'Saxuality')
Candy Dulfer
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Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch saxophonist best known for her solo career as well as for her association with the band The Ladies of Soul. Dulfer became a household name in the Netherlands in 2013 when she started appearing as a jury member in the popular TV show X-Factor. During the 1990s, Candy Dulfer won many Conamus Export Prizes.

 21 
Rachael Price
(Singer, Musician)
Rachael Price
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Ximena Sariñana
(Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Film actor, Songwriter)
Ximena Sariñana
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Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guadalajara

Ximena Sariñana is a Mexican actress and singer-songwriter whose debut album Mediocre earned her international recognition and a Grammy nomination in 2009. Ximena Sariñana is also known for her humanitarian efforts; in 2020, she took part in a charity single titled Resistiré México in an attempt to help those in need in Mexico.

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Cleo Laine
(Actress, Singer)
Cleo Laine
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Birthdate: October 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uxbridge, Middlesex, England
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Gabriella Cilmi
(Australian Singer Renowned For Her Raspy Singing Voice)
Gabriella Cilmi
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Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Greater Dandenong
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Elis Regina
(Brazilian Singer of Popular and Jazz Music)
Elis Regina
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Birthdate: March 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: January 19, 1982

Elis Regina was a Brazilian singer who achieved national recognition in 1965 when she performed Arrastão on TV Excelsior. Best remembered for her interpretation and vocalization, Regina helped popularize tropicalismo in the late-1960s and early-1970s. Elis Regina's life, career, and untimely death at age 36 inspired a film titled Elis where she was played by Andréia Horta.

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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
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Gin Wigmore
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)
Gin Wigmore
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Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland

Gin Wigmore is a New Zealand singer-songwriter best known for her raspy and high pitched voice. Over the course of her career, Gin Wigmore has received several New Zealand Music Awards and a couple of nominations for the prestigious MTV Europe Music Awards. 

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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
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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
 30 
Lee Aaron
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)
Lee Aaron
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Birthdate: July 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belleville
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Nikki Yanofsky
(Singer, Vocalist, Jazz musician)
Nikki Yanofsky
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Birthdate: February 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

Montreal-based singer Nikki Yanofsky was 12 when she became the youngest artist to headline a show at the Montreal Jazz Festival. At 15, she was already an international star. Her credits include the 2010 Winter Olympics theme song, I Believe, which rocked the Canadian charts. She is also associated with children’s charities.

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Julie Driscoll
(English Actress and Singer)
Julie Driscoll
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Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

Julie Driscoll is an English actress and singer best known for her '60s version of Rick Danko and Bob Dylan's This Wheel's on Fire. Driscoll's version of the song became the unofficial anthem of the psychedelic subculture era in British rock music.

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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
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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
 35 
Gunhild Carling
(Musician)
Gunhild Carling
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Birthdate: May 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
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Jane Siberry
(Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician)
Jane Siberry
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Birthdate: October 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto
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Flora Purim
(Jazz singer known primarily for her work in the jazz fusion style)
Flora Purim
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Birthdate: March 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Flora Purim is a Brazilian singer best known for her contribution to the jazz fusion style. She achieved popularity when she contributed to the success of the popular American jazz fusion band, Return to Forever. Referred to as the Queen of Brazilian Jazz, Flora Purim has also performed with several other artistes like Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, and Gil Evans.

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Akiko Yano
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician)
Akiko Yano
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Birthdate: February 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
 39 
Marian McPartland
(Pianist, Radio personality, Composer, Jazz musician)
Marian McPartland
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Birthdate: March 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slough
Died: August 20, 2013
 40 
Esthero
(Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter)
Esthero
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Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford
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Susheela Raman
(Singer, Jazz musician whose debut album Salt Rain was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001)
Susheela Raman
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Birthdate: July 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hendon, London, England, United Kingdom
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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
 43 
Cheryl Miller
(Actress)
Cheryl Miller
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Birthdate: February 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, California, USA
 44 
Clare Teal
(Jazz musician, Singer)
Clare Teal
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Birthdate: May 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kildwick
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Kayah
(Singer-songwriter performing a variety of music genres, including pop, soul, jazz, world and dance.)
Kayah
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Birthdate: November 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Kayah is a Polish singer and songwriter best known for her expertise in a variety of music genres, such as dance, world, pop, soul, and jazz. Since 1995, when she released her first self-written album, Kayah has been recognized as one of the most commercially and critically successful Polish singers. She is also credited with co-founding her record label Kayax.

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Anna Maria Jopek
(Singer, songwriter, musician who collaborated on an album with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny)
Anna Maria Jopek
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Birthdate: December 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland

Anna Maria Jopek is a Polish vocalist, improviser, and songwriter. She achieved national prominence when she competed in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest where she represented her country with the song Ale jestem. Over the years, Anna Maria Jopek has been successful, winning awards such as Michel Legrand's Personal Award among others.

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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
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Sophie Milman
(singer, jazz musician)
Sophie Milman
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Ufa
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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
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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