Greatest Voices in Jazz

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1. Billie Holiday

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...

2. Carmen McRae

Soundtrack | Real Genius

Carmen McRae was born on April 8, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA as Carmen Mercedes McRae. She was married to Ike Isaacs and Kenny Clarke. She died on November 10, 1994 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

3. Catherine Russell

Soundtrack | Kill Your Darlings

Catherine Russell was a regular backing singer for Steely Dan on tour (1993-1994 & 2009-2013) and was a backing singer on their 2013 album "Everything Must Go".

5. Diana Krall

Soundtrack | Public Enemies

Diana Jean Krall was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, to Adella A. (Wende), an elementary school teacher, and Stephen James Krall, an accountant. She has Czech, German, English, and Scottish ancestry. Krall was raised in Nanaimo, a small community on Vancouver Island, where she began ...

6. Dinah Washington

Soundtrack | The Cable Guy

Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had ...

7. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...

8. Frank Sinatra

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

9. Harry Connick Jr.

Actor | The Iron Giant

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ...

10. Helen Forrest

Soundtrack | The Rocketeer

Brunette Helen Forrest was born Helen Fogel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She loved singing from early childhood and keenly listened to recordings by all the major female jazz and blues vocalists of the day. At the age of ten, Helen competed in a dance marathon and sang with her brother's band in ...

11. Jamie Cullum

Soundtrack | Gran Torino

Jamie Cullum was born on August 20, 1979 in Rochford, Essex, England. He has been married to Sophie Dahl since January 9, 2010. They have two children.

12. June Christy

Soundtrack | Mulholland Falls

She was Stan Kenton's big band singer, replacing Anita O'Day in 1945. She also worked with Bruce Boyd Raeburn and his orchestra before she joined the Kenton band. This blonde, blue-eyed singer is one of the most talented female singers in the history of jazz. She recorded many albums for Capitol ...

13. Lee Wiley

Soundtrack | L.A. Confidential

One of the great jazz vocalists of all time, Lee Wiley was possessed of a wonderful warm, sensuous and somewhat smoky voice and was able to project more emotion into her songs than most of her contemporaries. She rose to fame at a young age in the 1930's, singing with the bands of Leo Reisman (at ...

14. Madeleine Peyroux

Soundtrack | The Shape of Water

Madeleine Peyroux was born on January 1, 1973 in Athens, Georgia, USA.

15. Melody Gardot

Soundtrack | La linea

Melody Gardot was born on February 2, 1985 in New Jersey, USA.

16. Michael Bublé

Soundtrack | Spider-Man 2

Multi-platinum artist Michael Bublé grew up near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was introduced to swing music and old standards by his grandfather, who offered his services for free as a professional plumber to musicians who were willing to let Michael sing a couple of songs with them on ...

17. Nancy Wilson

Actress | The Meteor Man

Jazz singer Nancy Wilson, a three-time Grammy Award-winner, was born on February 20, 1937 in Chillicothe, Ohio to iron-worker Olden Wilson and the former Lillian Ryan, who worked as a domestic servant. Nancy was the first of six children. Her father's love of music and the records he played at home...

18. Nat 'King' Cole

Soundtrack | The Nat King Cole Show

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At ...

19. Nina Simone

Soundtrack | Repo Men

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

20. Peggy Lee

Actress | Lady and the Tramp

Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...

21. Sarah Vaughan

Soundtrack | The Adjustment Bureau

Sarah Vaughan was born March 27, 1924 in Newark, NJ, and died April 3, 1990, in Los Angeles of lung cancer. Her parents were Asbury, a carpenter, and Ada, a laundress. She began studying music when she was seven, taking eight years of piano lessons and two years of organ. As a child she sang in the...

22. Stacey Kent

Soundtrack | Richard III

Stacey Kent was born on March 27, 1968 in South Orange, New Jersey, USA. She has been married to Jim Tomlinson since August 9, 1991.



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