Female Jazz Musicians

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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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.

 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 Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bjørkåsen, Ballangen, Norway

 6 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

 7 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.

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 8 Rita Coolidge

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

 9 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

 10 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

 11 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

 12 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

 13 Corinne Bailey Rae

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer, Guitarist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 26, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds

 14 Esperanza Spalding

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

 15 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. 

 16 Judith Durham

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Pianist, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Essendon

 17 Cindy Breakspeare

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Famous As: Miss World 1976
Birthdate: October 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto

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.

 18 Wendy Carlos

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

 19 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

 20 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

 21 Tina Arena

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Television presenter, Actor, Jazz musician, Composer, Pianist, Record producer
Birthdate: November 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne

 22 Astrud Gilberto

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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Jazz musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: March 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salvador

 23 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

 24 Kate Ceberano

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne

 25 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

 26 Kate Higgins

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

 27 Keely Smith

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

 28 Candy Dulfer

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 29 Cindy Blackman Santana

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

 30 Cleo Laine

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Stage actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Middlesex

 31 Annie Ross

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Nightclub owner
Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey

 32 Mica Paris

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: April 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London

 33 Ximena Sariñana

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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Film actor, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guadalajara

 34 Gabriella Cilmi

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: City of Greater Dandenong

 35 Gin Wigmore

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Auckland

 36 Elis Regina

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Porto Alegre
Died: January 19, 1982

 37 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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 Victoria Abril

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Famous As: Television actor, Singer, Jazz musician, Film actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid

Victoria Abril is a Spanish singer and actress. International audiences mainly recognize her for her role in the film ¡Átame! She began her career in the mid-1970s and found fame almost immediately. In the ensuing years, she appeared in films in Italy, France, and Iceland as well. She made her debut as a singer with a Bossanova-jazz album in 2005.

 41 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

 42 Lee Aaron

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belleville

 43 Charlotte Wessels

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands

 44 Nikki Yanofsky

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Famous As: Singer, Vocalist, Jazz musician
Birthdate: February 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

 45 Carla Bley

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

 46 Eliane Elias

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Famous As: Pianist, Composer, Singer, Jazz musician
Birthdate: March 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo

 47 Julie Driscoll

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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

 48 Emilie-Claire Barlow

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Famous As: Singer, Jazz musician, Music arranger, Record producer, Actor
Birthdate: June 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

 49 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

 50 Jane Siberry

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Jazz musician
Birthdate: October 12, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toronto