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!

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  • zynjen
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    Sammy Davis Jr. - Because of You


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    Lorez Alexandria - Over The Rainbow


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    Johnny Hartman - You Are Too Beautiful


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    Chet Baker - The Touch of Your Lips


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    Earl Coleman - Two Different Worlds


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    Morgana King - Easy Living


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    Ray Charles - It Had To Be You


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    Gloria Lynne - I Wish You Love


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    Donna Hightower - Stormy Weather


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    Ernestine Anderson-Someday My Prince Will Come


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    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

    Julie London-Misty

    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.

  • Anonymous
    9 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.

  • Anonymous
    9 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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  • 9 years ago

    mark murphy

    kurt elling

    jon hendricks

    mel torme

    ella fitzgerald

    sarah vaughn

    tom lellis

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