Famous Female Jazz Singers

When we read articles on jazz, they usually focus on well known trumpeters and saxophonists, yet the rest of the group are just as integral to the sound. To that end, in this article, we will take a look at famous women vocalists. And while it can be said that there are quite a few incredibly talented female jazz band voices from various parts of the world, here is a write-up on three of the greatest all time women jazz vocalists.

is a true lady of jazz, and is renowned for her piano playing, composing, and brilliant singing. From a very early age, McRae got a big break in the middle of the 1940s singing together with Mercer Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Carter. But her biggest stairway to fame came with the release of her 1950s solo albums. These included the evergreen, Blue Moon, and Torchy. During the following 40 years, McRae released some truly magnificent albums. One of the top selling ones was the incredible Carmen Sings Monk, which was released in 1988, and has Eric Gunnison from Denver playing the piano.

Peggy Lee shot to fame with her marvelous 1958 sensual interpretation of “Fever,” which is still a hot favourite today. Prior to that, Lee had been making a popular name for herself with a two year contract as a singer. She was an the early 1940s big band headed by the legendary Benny Goodman. She had also gained a following from various own name solo recordings during the 1940s and 1950s. Her Black Coffee album which she released in 1956, boasts some superb takes on “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” by Cole Porter, as well as on her own title track.

Blossom Dearie did not have the vast vocal range of some leading female jazz singers, but she compensated for this with her fabulous girlish, whispy, warm voice and enticing lyric delivery. Dearie’s piano playing was highly skilled, and this complemented her singing. This merging of talents is highlighted in her 1950s Verve recordings, and includes her critically acclaimed eponymous album.

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