What are some really good jazz singers (any language)?
I really liked a Fredrika Stahl song, and I have always loved lounge music. I like the slower (romantic?) songs much better. I liked 'is this love' as sung by Corinne Rae. I also like Sinatra of course, but he mostly did more upbeat stuff (like big band or swing I think) I like large upright bass presence with a slow (sexy?) vocalist, male or female. I am finding it difficult to sift through the poor recordings and old sounds of many of 50's American and French (still 50's?) jazz. Some is good but many I hate. Hopefully someone knows what I mean. I really look forward to your answers. Thanks!
- zynjenLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Sammy Davis Jr. - Because of You
Lorez Alexandria - Over The Rainbow
Johnny Hartman - You Are Too Beautiful
Chet Baker - The Touch of Your Lips
Earl Coleman - Two Different Worlds
Morgana King - Easy Living
Ray Charles - It Had To Be You
Gloria Lynne - I Wish You Love
Donna Hightower - Stormy Weather
Ernestine Anderson-Someday My Prince Will Come
Nat King Cole - Tenderly
Tony Bennett - If I Ruled the World
Billy Eckstine - No OneBut You
Eddie Jefferson - Stop Talkin' Start Walkin'
Betty Carter - What's New
Al Hibbler - It Shouldn't Happen To A Dream
Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth - Oh Lady Be Good
Joe Williams - Joe's Blues
Dean Martin - Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes
Peggy Lee - Black Coffee
Jane Monheit It Never Entered My Mind
Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime
Rosemary Clooney - As Time Goes By
Carmen McRae - When I Fall In Love
June Christy - Something Cool
Ella Fitzgerald - Someone To Watch Over Me
Betty Carter - Moonlight In Vermont
Carmen McRae - I'm Glad There Is You
Julie London - Around Midnight
Anita O'Day - Stella By Starlight
Jo Stafford - Long Ago And Far Away
Sarah Vaughan - Fly Me To The Moon
Helen Merrill - Falling In Love With Love
Billie Holiday - I'll Be Seeing You
Nancy Wilson - Guess Who I Saw Today
Anita O'Day - Body and Soul
June Christy - The More I see you
Chris Connor - I Wish You Love
Sarah Vaughan - The Nearness of You
Rosemary Clooney - Tenderly
Nancy Wilson - The Very Thought of You
Julie London - More
Chris Connor - Lullaby Of Birdland
Anita O'Day, Stella By Starlight
June Christy - Imagination
Carol Sloane - My Foolish Heart
Nina Simone - Summertime
Sarah Vaughan - What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life
Marlena Shaw - Yu-ma / Go Away Little Boy
June Christy - The More I See You
Eydie Gorme - The Man I Love
Julie London - Laura
Salena Jones - Smile
Nancy Wilson - You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
Chaka Khan-My Funny Valentine
Ella Fitzgerald - The Man I love
Julie London - Cry Me A River
Diane Schuur - Teach Me Tonight
Laverne Butler - I'm A Fool to Want You
Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan - Let There Be Love
Shirley Horn - Here's to Life
- 9 years ago
1. Billie Holiday is an acquired taste, much like coffee. She sounds a little lethargic at times. But she's a great stylist. Amy Winehouse wouldn't have a career without her. Perhaps the same can be said for Sade.
2. Ella Fitzgerald This woman had such great rhythm. If "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing", then Ella meant everything.
3. Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan was probably the most powerful jazz singer to ever come along. Yet there was also great grace and beauty along with that power.
4. Nina Simone Nina Simone didn't cross over as well as many of the other black singers, simply because she never compromised her politics. She changed lives, as well as music.
5. Anita O'Day If Billie Holiday was an acquired taste, Anita O'Day required absolute dedication. She was probably the closest to a pure jazz singer we have ever seen, mainly because of the way she could go on scat tangents.
6. Tony Bennett If you only know this guy for where he left his heart (San Francisco), you really don't know the man. He's the last of a breed; a true singer's singer.
7. Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra was a pop star before there were rock stars. But his phrasing made every song his own. And if making a song you're own doesn't make you a jazz singer, nothing does.
8. Louis Armstrong Louis stands out on this list because he was also an instrumental innovator with his trumpet. Ah, but what a warm and fun jazz singer he was, too!
9. Nat King Cole This man had a whole lot of class. It was hard not to envy him whenever he sang his smooth songs.
10. Mel Torme Mel's nickname was 'The Velvet Fog,' whatever that was. But the name fits in one respect because it's nearly impossible to describe what he did.
- Anonymous9 years ago
My favourite male jazz singer would have to be Mel Torme, he has the voice of an angel, check him out and also ella fitzgerald is just the queen.
- Anonymous9 years ago
You've have some great answers so far, but one of my favorites that often goes ignored is Lou Rawls. Stylistically he was all over the place, but he was one of Sinatra's favorites (reason enough to give him a listen)
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- pianojazz manLv 69 years ago