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Paying tribute to the all-time great jazz singers and to the standards that their voices immortalized. Check my list of favorites below. Most are classic names...with a few newer names thrown in...new names whose talents forecast earned entry into the pantheon of great jazz voices. Thanks for pointing out omissions...and providing challenges and suggestions.


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ALL TIME FAVORITE JAZZ SINGERS:*
Ella Fitzgerald
Louis Armstrong
Johnny Hartman
Sarah Vaughn
Billie Holiday
Nat King Cole
Anita O'Day
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Mel Torme
Shirley Horn

2ND TIER FAVORITES:*
Nina Simone
Dianne Reeves
Dee Dee Bridges
Esperanza Spalding
Chet Baker
Peggy Lee
Cassandra Wilson
Carmen McRae
Diana Krall
Etta Jones
Diane Schuur
Maxine Sullivan
Joao Gilberto
Elis Regina
Helen Merill
Kevin Mahogany

UNDER CONSIDERATION
Catherine Russell
Molly Johnson
Sophie Milman
Mary Stallings
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
Stacey Kent
Patrica Barber
Rachelle Ferrell
LaVerne Butler
Jane Monheit
Jill Seifers
Tierney sutton

*not necessarily in this order
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ALL TIME FAVORITE LISTENING



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"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
-- Ella Fitzgerald
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JAZZ VOCAL STANDARDS
What makes a song a standard?
http://www.jazzstandards.com/overview.htm

JAZZ STANDARDS
All about the standards: history, musicology, biographies, bookstore
http://www.jazzstandards.com/

What songs would you include in a list of all-time greatest jazz vocal standards?

100 GREATEST JAZZ VOCAL STANDARDS
http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_jazz/best_jazzstand.html

1000 MOST RECORDED JAZZ STANDARDS
Find the 1000 most recorded jazz standards and their origins:
http://www.jazzstandards.com/compositions/
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"I never sing a song the same way twice. " -- Billie Holiday
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ARE TODAY'S JAZZ SINGERS CHOSEN FOR THEIR LOOKS?
Would you AGREE or DISAGREE?
Read one critics opinion in:
"The State of Jazz Vocals Today" Parts I & II
http://www.jazz.com/features-and-interviews/2008/2/13/the-state-of-jazz-singing-today
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