If you’ve only recently discovered the beauty of jazz music, get ready for a supreme audio treat once you’ve heard the tunes belted out by the best female jazz singers of all time. Check them out below.
Once upon a time, a poor and homeless girl had a big heart and an even bigger dream. Her efforts paid off when she became a talent contest winner at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. There was no looking back after that. Fondly referred to as “The First Lady of Song”, Ellen Fitzgerald is inarguably the #1 of all female jazz singers.
A multi-talented singer she may be, but Nancy Wilson is still known to most people as one of the best female jazz singers of all time. She worked as a secretary during the day and sang on her free time. Soon, she began to build a h2 following in jazz and subsequently forayed into R&B and even mainstream pop. Besides her achievements in music, Wilson also scored several hits in TV, with an award-winning show and highly coveted appearances in programs like “The Cosby Show” and “Hawaii 5-0”.
Holiday’s career as one of the best female jazz singers began when she sang with Benny Goodman’s group when she was only 18 years old. Holiday had a way of uniquely and dramatically expressing herself through her music and this refreshing trait of hers helped distinguish her from her colleagues and eventually rise to the top.
One of her first hits was “Don’t Go to Strangers”, which is now considered one of the greatest jazz classics and also something she had impressively recorded in her youth. A South Carolina native, Jones also enjoyed numerous opportunities to work alongside other music legends like Earl Hines, Buddy Johnson, and Houston Person, who had made a name for himself as a tenor saxophonist. At present, Jones continues to delight fans all over the world with her vocal performances and collaborations with sought-after artists like pianist Benny Green and vibraphonist Milt Jackson.
Like many pioneering American music artists and groups, Rosemary Clooney entered the industry as part of a family act, specifically a big band that also had her sister in it. Their first performances were also played over the radio. When WWII ended, Clooney launched her solo career. Although her popularity somewhat waned in the 1960’s due to personal problems, Clooney still managed to revive her career and stands today as one of the all-time best female jazz singers.