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100 Greatest Jazz Vocalists

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Criteria: - These jazz vocalists where chosen for their improvisation skill, timing, phrasing, range, power, ability to convey emotion, impact on other vocalists, uniqueness, and versatility.

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Edited By: Chris F.
Last Updated: 11-18-2004
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100 Greatest Jazz Vocalists
  1. Billie Holiday
  2. Sarah Vaughan
  3. Ella Fitzgerald
  4. Nat King Cole
  5. Louis Armstrong
  6. Nina Simone
  7. Dinah Washington
  8. Frank Sinatra
  9. Carmen McRae
10. Johnny Hartman
11. Etta Jones
12. Tony Bennet
13. Ernestine Anderson
14. Betty Carter
15. Diana Krall
16. Cassandra Wilson
17. Anita O'Day
18. Shirley Horn
19. Blossom Dearie
20. Nancy Wilson
21. Abbey Lincoln
22. Astrud Gilberto
23. Chet Baker
24. Billy Eckstine
25. Peggy Lee
26. Chris Connor
27. June Christy
28. Etta James
29. Freddy Cole
30. Ray Charles
31. Harry Connick Jr.
32. Natalie Cole
33. Lee Wiley
34. Annie Ross
35. Jon Hendricks
36. Michael Buble
37. Mildred Bailey
38. Betty Roche
39. Mel Torme
40. Jeri Southern
41. Diane Schuur
42. Rosemary Clooney
43. Mark Murphy
44. Chaka Khan
45. Helen Merril
46. Carol Sloane
47. Dee Dee Bridgewater
48. Mary Stallings
49. Gloria Lynne
50. Jimmy Rushing
51. Lena Horne
52. Eartha Kitt
53. Al Jarreau
54. Ricki Lee Jones
55. Diane Reeves
56. George Benson
57. Alberta Hunter
58. Nneena Freelon
59. Jack Teagarden
60. Norah Jones
61. Stacy Kent
62. Ethel Waters
63. Karrin Alyson
64. Sheila Jordan
65. Jo Stafford
66. Ella Mae Morse
67. Eddie Jefferson
68. Oscar Brown Jr.
69. Joe Williams
70. Teddy Grace
71. Ernie Andrews
72. Jimmy Scott
73. Fats Waller
74. Cab Calloway
75. Leon Thomas
76. Cleo Laine
77. Maxine Sullivan
78. Vanessa Rubin
79. Louis Jordan
80. Aaron Neville
81. Lou Rawls
82. Marlena Shaw
83. Ivie Anderson
84. Linda Ronstadt
85. Ruth Brown
86. King Pleasure
87. Jimmy Witherspoon
88. Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer)
89. John Pizzarelli
90. Johnny Mercer
91. Susannah Mccorkle
92. Helen Humes
93. Lavern Butler
94. Connee Boswell
95. Bob Dorough
96. Jamie Cullum
97. Kevin Mahogany
98. Kurt Elling
99. Dr. John
100. Big Joe Turner
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Billie Holiday


Sarah Vaughan


Ella Fitzgerald


Nat King Cole
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honerable mentions
Lavay Smith
Oleta Adams
Arthur Prysock
Irene Ried
Flora Purim
Della Griffin
Cheryl Bentyne (Manhattan Transfer)
Carmen Bradford


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stated criteria, and revised considering the competent suggestions of visitors to this website only.

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