Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers? Bands/Musicians
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Make Your Voice Heard: Who Are the Best Female Jazz Singers?

List Criteria: Only Jazz singers. No other genres

The best female jazz singers in music history have a sound that's like no other. Their melodies and tones captivate us and keep us coming back for more. Many of the women on this list have been gone for decades, but their incomparable jazz vocals will live on forever. Vote for your favorite famous female jazz vocalists and vote down any artists you don't like. Also, if you have a favorite who isn't listed here, add her! You can also rerank this list of top female jazz vocalists any way you like, including all of them or just a few. Enjoy!

How can any list of top female jazz vocalists not include the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan? Their unparalleled talents are indisputable. Once you get into the best female jazz singers' top 10, it's really hard to pick one over the other.

Arguments can be made, of course, that Sarah Vaughan's versatility makes her the best. Some might say that no one can or will ever match Ella Fitzgerald's incredible tone (and certainly her scat abilities). Others would argue that Billie Holiday is not only the greatest female jazz singer in history, but one of the best female vocalists ever.

Some of the best modern female jazz singers include the always wonderful Diana Krall, Melody Gardot, and certainly Esperanza Spalding and yes, even Norah Jones. Norah's sound is more of a jazzy fusion, but she makes the list. Defining a pure jazz singer isn't always easy: Like Norah, some of the women listed here are both jazz and blues. Either way, they're all fabulous, so vote!
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    the people's #1 & most listed Ballad, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    Cool jazz, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Torch song, Ballad, Swing music

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    often listed & added by motosaki Vocal jazz, Bebop

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    Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz, Rhythm and blues

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    Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    ranked low on reranks Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Vocal jazz, Jazz blues, Jazz fusion

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    Ballad, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Cabaret, Jazz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Vocal jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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    Jazz, Blues

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    often listed & added by TommyWimmer Doo-wop, Pop music, Neo soul

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    ranked low on reranks Traditional pop music, Jazz, Bossa nova

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    added by jstyles1948 Jazz, Blues

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    added by aschultze Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    added by jstyles1948 Popular music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Pop music, Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz

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    Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Quiet storm

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    added by TomDuncan Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Folk music, Jazz, Country

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    Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Pop music, Cool jazz, Jazz

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    Acoustic music, Jazz, Blues

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    Jazz, Blues

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    Neo soul, Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Jazz fusion

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jstyles1948 Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    ranked low on reranks Pop music, Jazz, Blues

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    Third stream, Swing music, Hard bop

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    Torch song, Cabaret, Vocal jazz

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    added by patrick.christie Traditional pop music, Jazz

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    Traditional pop music

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    added by MarkBroersen Jazz fusion, Jazz

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    added by RsdofnyUs Smooth jazz, Post-bop, Jazz

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    Pop music, Jazz, Country

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    added by aschultze Girl group, Swing music, Boogie-woogie

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    added by undulatingacrobat Rhythm and blues, Jazz

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    Traditional pop music, Big band

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    Kozmigroov, Avant-garde jazz, Jazz

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    Torch song, Pop music, Cool jazz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jazz

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

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    often listed & added by ThomasBreuer Cool jazz, Swing music, Traditional pop music

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    ranked low on reranks Vocal jazz, Jazz

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