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Ladies Of Jazz - Who are they

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I began to really listen with interest to jazz about 8 years ago. And have really enjoyed the 70s and up releases.

 

I recently ran across a mono DECCA of Ella Fitzgerald "Sweet an Hot". Great music, Came out in 1955. 

 

Next was a Julie London "Send For Me". Wow, she could sing to me anytime.

 

There were a few others that I cannot seem to remember, but very few.

 

These Ladies were of the 40, 50 and early 60s. But I know there must have been many more.

 

Would the Jazz lovers in the forum add female jazz singer names to this list, primarily from that era?

 

So when I see them for a buck somewhere, I'll know to take them home for a spin. I am not looking for any research done for this question, but if a name comes to mind, then please take a moment to add it to this thread.

 

There is so much about the lady jazz singers that I do not know, but want to know and hear.

 

Thanks.

Wrinkles

 

 

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I was gonna say Sarah Vaughan (nicknamed "sailor" and "The Divine One", who was almost unbelievable), but I found this link on Wikipedia that might help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:American_female_jazz_singers

 

Others on that list that come to mind include: Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, and Billie Holliday ("Lady Day").

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Any list would be suspect that did not include Etta James and Billie Holiday . . .

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I'm not sure if Melody Gardot is considered Jazz or not but I enjoy her music and voice. Some like Patricia Barber and I have a few of hers...a few years later and I'm still trying to warm up to it.

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Peggy Lee certainly comes to mind. Sweet Emma comes to mind for old New Orleans jazz. And ... someone else may know the name ... but Turk Murphy's San Francisco Jazz Band had a fine female vocalist who did such songs as 'Cake Walkin' Babies.' Many more I'm sure. Cheers.

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Helen Humes "Songs I like to Sing" sounds incredible, comes off a clean master.  Nancy Wilson, Abby Lincoln, Flora Purim, Helen Merrill, June Christy, Annie Ross, Astrud Gilberto, Blossom Dearie besides those named above. I enjoy them all. Check out some Big Mama Thornton videos on youtube sometime. 

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Personally, I'm a fan of Diane Schuur.  Especially her album she did with Maynard Ferguson.  I melt a bit every time I hear "Just One of Those Things" <3

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Good suggestions!

If you like Julie London then look for "About the Blues" from 1957. 

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Keely Smith.....

good one!  Do you have a favorite recording?

 

 

I really like this one....

 

KeelySmith.jpg

 

and so much of her work with Louie Prima....

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You have helped already.

 

I found a Keely Smith yesterday along with a Lena Horne

 

Have not taken them for a spin yet.

 

Thanks all.

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