Female Jazz Singers

Throughout history, there have been many women jazz singers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female jazz singers such as Janis Joplin, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Linda Ronstadt, Joss Stone.The women jazz singers 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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Billie Holiday
(Singer-songwriter)

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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Sade Adu
(Singer-Songwriter)

Sade Adu
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Birthdate: January 16, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Nigerian-British singer Helen Folasade Adu, or Sade Adu, often blends Afro-Cuban tunes with soul and smooth jazz in her music. The Grammy Award winner had initially studied fashion designing and been a model. The founder of the band Sade, she has released iconic tracks such as No Ordinary Love.

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Ella Fitzgerald
(Jazz Singer)

Ella Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: April 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newport News, Virginia, United States
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.

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Eartha Kitt
(Singer)

Eartha Kitt
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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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Bessie Smith
(Singer)

Bessie Smith
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Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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.

Rhonda Ross Kendrick
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Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Rhonda Ross Kendrick, daughter of singer Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Toni Burrell in the soap Another World. She has also appeared in series such as The Temptations and Cosby. She grew up believing Robert Ellis Silberstein was her father. 

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Macy Gray
(Singer-songwriter)

Macy Gray
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Birthdate: September 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
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Della Reese
(Singer, Actress)

Della Reese
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Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit, United States
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

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Linda Purl
(Actress)

Linda Purl
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Birthdate: September 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

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Diana Krall
(Jazz Pianist)

Diana Krall
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Birthdate: November 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nanaimo, British Columbia

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.

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Roberta Flack
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Birthdate: February 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States

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Paloma Faith
(Singer-songwriter)

Paloma Faith
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Birthdate: July 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Paloma Faith is a British singer, actress, and songwriter. She is best known for her album Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?, which received double-platinum certification in the UK apart from earning Faith her maiden BRIT Award nomination. Renowned for her eccentric style, Paloma Faith has also received prestigious awards like the ASCAP Award.

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Sunny Ozell
(Singer-Songwriter)

Sunny Ozell
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Birthdate: December 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reno, Nevada, U.S.

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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

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Birthdate: March 20, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cotton Plant, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 9, 1973

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was an American recording artist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. Characterized by a mixture of electric guitar and spiritual lyrics, Tharpe's music played an influential role in the development of rock and roll. Her music influenced several rock-and-roll musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Chuck Berry. She is often referred to as the Godmother of rock and roll.

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Rachael MacFarlane
(Voice actress who became known for her voice work on shows like Codename: Kids Next Door, Family Guy, and American Dad)

Rachael MacFarlane
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Birthdate: March 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kent, Connecticut, United States

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Nina Simone
(Singer-songwriter)

Nina Simone
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Birthdate: February 21, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tryon, North Carolina, United States
Died: April 21, 2008

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.

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Laura Nyro
(Songwriter)

Laura Nyro
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Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: April 8, 1997

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Patty Andrews
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Birthdate: February 16, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 13, 2013

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Sarah Vaughan
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Birthdate: March 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 3, 1990

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Phyllis Hyman
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Birthdate: July 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: June 30, 1995

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Nancy Wilson
(Notable for Her Single ‘(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am')

Nancy Wilson
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Birthdate: February 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States
Died: December 13, 2018

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Dinah Washington
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Birthdate: August 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States
Died: December 14, 1963

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Deana Martin
(Singer)

Deana Martin
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Birthdate: August 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Kate Smith
(Singer)

Kate Smith
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Birthdate: May 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenville, Virginia, USA
Died: June 17, 1986

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Rickie Lee Jones
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Birthdate: November 8, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Astrud Gilberto
(Samba and bossa nova singer)

Astrud Gilberto
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Birthdate: March 29, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Astrud Gilberto is a Brazilian singer best known as an exponent of bossa nova and samba. She achieved international recognition in the 1960s after the release of her song The Girl from Ipanema. In 1992, she was honored with the Latin Jazz USA Award. In 2002, Astrud Gilberto was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Kate Ceberano
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Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

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Caro Emerald
(Singer)

Caro Emerald
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Birthdate: April 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Meshell Ndegeocello
(Singer-songwriter)

Meshell Ndegeocello
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Birthdate: August 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

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Valarie Pettiford
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Birthdate: July 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

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Celeste
(Singer)

Celeste
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Birthdate: May 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Celeste is an American-British singer-songwriter who became the fifth artist to win the Rising Star Award and top the BBC's Sound of poll in the same year in 2019. Considered one of the finest singers of her generation, Celeste is also admired for her fashion sense. In 2020, she was featured in one of the Top 10 lists by Elle.

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Phoebe Snow
(Singer-songwriter)

Phoebe Snow
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Birthdate: July 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 26, 2011

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Renee Olstead
(Actress)

Renee Olstead
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Birthdate: June 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas U.S.

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Ruth Brown
(Singer-songwriter)

Ruth Brown
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Birthdate: January 12, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: November 17, 2006

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Hazel Scott
(Jazz Pianist)

Hazel Scott
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Birthdate: June 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port au Spain, Trinidad
Died: October 2, 1981

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Blossom Dearie
(Jazz musician)

Blossom Dearie
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Birthdate: April 28, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Durham, New York, United States
Died: February 7, 2009

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Sophie Tucker
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Birthdate: January 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tul'chyn, Ukraine
Died: February 9, 1966

 39 
Rachael Price
(Singer, Musician)

Rachael Price
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Birthdate: August 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Teresa Brewer
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Birthdate: May 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio
Died: October 17, 2007

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Sha Sha
(Singer)

Sha Sha
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Birthdate: June 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mutare, Zimbabwe

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Abbey Lincoln
(Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Civil Rights Activist)

Abbey Lincoln
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Birthdate: August 6, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: August 14, 2010

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Isyana Sarasvati
(Singer, Composer)

Isyana Sarasvati
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Birthdate: May 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bandung, West Java, Indonesia

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Yukimi Nagano
(Singer, Songwriter)

Yukimi Nagano
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Birthdate: January 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden

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Annie Ross
(Singer, Actress)

Annie Ross
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Birthdate: July 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mitcham, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 21, 2020

 46 
Basia
(Singer-Songwriter)

Basia
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Birthdate: September 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jaworzno, Poland

Basia is a Polish recording artist, singer, and songwriter best known for her Latin-inspired jazz-pop music. She achieved international fame between 1987 and 1995 with the release of her studio albums, London Warsaw New York and Time and Tide. Apart from her home country, Basia is also popular in the UK, USA, and some Asian countries.  

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Victoria Abril
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Birthdate: July 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

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.

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Carmen McRae
(One of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century)

Carmen McRae
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Birthdate: April 8, 1920
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: November 10, 1994

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Patricia Kaas
(Singer Known for Her Debut Album 'Mademoiselle chante')

Patricia Kaas
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Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Forbach, France

Patricia Kaas is a French actress and singer who has sold more than 17 million records all over the world. Kaas took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and finished eighth. Over the years, she has received several prestigious awards, such as World Music Awards and Golden Europa's Female Singer of the Year award.

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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