Abbey Lincoln Anna Marie Wooldridge (August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010), better known by her stage name Abbey Lincoln, was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress.
Adelaide Hall Adelaide Hall (20 October 1901 – 7 November 1993) was an American born British based jazz singer and entertainer.
Adele (singer) Adele Laurie Blue Adkins (born 5 May 1988), better known mononymously as Adele, is an English singer-songwriter.
Adele Girard Adele Girard Marsala was a jazz harpist associated with the Dixieland and swings.
Aki Takase Aki Takase is a critically acclaimed, award-winning Japanese jazz pianist and composer.
Alice Coltrane Alice Coltrane, née McLeod (August 27, 1937 – January 12, 2007) was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, and composer.
Alyssa Graham Alyssa Graham (born Alyssa Hope Altschul) is a singer-songwriter based largely in New York City.
Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph (September 2, 1896 – August 24, 1967) was an American actress and singer.
Amel Larrieux Amel Larrieux is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter and keyboardist.
Amina Claudine Myers Amina Claudine Myers (born March 21, 1942) in Blackwell, Arkansas; (a small community on US 64 in western Conway County) is an American jazz pianist, organist, vocalist, composer, and musical ar...
Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.
Anacaona (band) Anacaona is the name of an all-girl orchestra, founded in 1930s Havana by Cuchito Castro and her sisters.
Andrea Menard Andrea Menard is a Canadian actress, playwright, and jazz singer, born in 1971 in Flin Flon, Manitoba and based in Saskatchewan.
Angélique Kidjo Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, commonly known as Angélique Kidjo is a Grammy Award winning Beninoise singer-songwriter and activist, noted for her diverse ...
Anita Baker Anita Baker is an American R&B/soul jazz singer-songwriter.
Anita O'Day Anita O'Day (October 18, 1919 – November 23, 2006) was an American jazz singer.
Anna Depenbusch Anna Depenbusch (17 October 1977 in Hamburg) is a German singer and musician.
Anna Mae Winburn Anna Mae Winburn, née Darden (August 13, 1913 - September 30, 1999) was an African American vocalist and jazz bandleader who flourished beginning in the mid 1930s.
Anna Mjöll Anna Mjöll is an Icelandic jazz singer and songwriter.
Annette Peacock Annette Peacock is a composer, arranger, producer, musician, writer and singer.
Annie Ross Annie Ross (born 25 July 1930, Mitcham, London, England, UK) is an English jazz singer, chanteuse and actress, best known as a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
Annie Whitehead Annie Whitehead (born 16 July 1955 in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English jazz trombone player.
Ayako Shirasaki Ayako Shirasaki is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York.
Aziza Mustafa Zadeh Aziza Mustafa Zadeh (Azeri: Əzizə Mustafazadə; born December 19, 1969) also known as The Princess of Jazz, or Die Prinzessin des Jazz or as Jazziza is an Azerbaijani singer, pian...
Barbara Carroll Barbara Carroll (born Barbara Carole Coppersmith on January 25, 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts) is a jazz pianist, composer and vocalist.
Barbara Lahr Barbara Lahr (* Sept. 25, 1957 in Kaiserslautern ) is a German singer, composer, bassist, guitarist, producer best known for her collaboration with german Nu Jazz group De Phazz.
Beryl Booker Beryl Booker (June 7, 1922 – September 30, 1978) was a swing pianist of the 1950s.
Betty Carter Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones, May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique.
Billie Holiday Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter.
Blanche Calloway Blanche Calloway was a Jazz singer, bandleader, and composer from Baltimore, Maryland.
Blossom Dearie Marguerite "Blossom" Dearie was an American jazz singer and pianist, often performing in the bebop genre and remembered for her girlish voice.
Candy Dulfer Candy Dulfer is a Dutch smooth jazz alto saxophonist who began playing at the age of six.
Carla Bley Carla Bley, née Borg, (born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader.
Carmen Lundy Carmen Lundy (born November 1, 1954) is an American jazz singer, composer, songwriter, actress, and painter.
Carmen McRae Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, 1920 – November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress.
Carol Sloane Carol Sloane (born March 5, 1937) is an American jazz singer born in Providence, Rhode Island, who has been singing professionally since she was 14, although for a time in the 1970s she worked a...
Carolyn Breuer Carolyn Breuer (born 4 July 1969 in Munich) is a German jazz saxophonist (alto and soprano).
Cassandra Wilson Cassandra Wilson (born December 4, 1955) is an American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer from Jackson, Mississippi.
Catherine Whitney Catherine Jane Whitney (née Brady) (born May 24, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Jazz Singer that is Chicago-based and is not only a vocalist, but composer and lyricist as well.
Chaka Khan Chaka Khan, frequently known as the Queen of Funk, is a 10-time Grammy Award winning American singer and composer who gained fame in the 1970s as the frontwoman and focal point of the funk band ...
Cheryl Bentyne Cheryl Bentyne (born January 17, 1954 in Mount Vernon, Washington) is a Grammy-winning singer best known as a member of the vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer.
Chiara Civello Chiara Civello (born on June 15, 1975 in Rome, Italy), is a singer-songwriter, and pianist.
Chris Connor Chris Connor (November 8, 1927 – August 29, 2009) was an American jazz singer.
Christine Tobin Christine Tobin is an Irish born jazz singer from Dublin who has been part of the London jazz and improvising scene since the second half of the 1980s.
Cindy Blackman Cindy Blackman (born November 18, 1959 in Yellow Springs, Ohio) is an American jazz and rock drummer.
Claire Martin (singer) Claire Martin, OBE is an English jazz singer, born in Wimbledon, South London, England.
Clare Teal Clare Teal (born 14 May 1973, Kildwick, Yorkshire) is an English jazz singer who has become famous not only for her singing, but also for having signed the biggest ever recording contract by a B...
Cleo Laine Dame Cleo Laine, Lady Dankworth, DBE is a jazz singer and an actress, noted for her scat singing and vocal range.
Clora Bryant Clora Bryant (born May 30, 1927 in Denison, Texas) is a jazz "Trumpetiste".
Connie Crothers Connie Crothers (born May 2, 1941 in Palo Alto, California) is a jazz pianist.
Connie Evingson Connie Evingson (born ? in Hibbing, MN) is an American singer who performs jazz and pop music.
Cynthia Layne Cynthia Layne is a contemporary vocalist who describes her music as "soothing to the soul...a mix of groove based R&B with strong jazz undertones.
Emily Elbert Emily Caroline Elbert (born December 21, 1988) is an American singer-songwriter based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Emily Remler Emily Remler (September 18, 1957 - May 4, 1990) was an American jazz guitarist who rose to prominence in the 1980s.
Ernestine Anderson Ernestine Anderson (born November 11, 1928) is an American jazz and blues singer.
Erykah Badu Erica Abi Wright, better known by her stage name Erykah Badu, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress.
Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding (born October 18, 1984) is an American multi-instrumentalist best known as a jazz bassist and singer, who draws upon many genres in her own compositions.
Esra Dalfidan Esra Dalfidan was born in 1975, of Turkish parents, and raised in the German industrial town of Solingen.
Ethel Waters Ethel Waters (October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress.
Etta James Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins, January 25, 1938) is an American blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, gospel and jazz singer and songwriter.
Eva Cassidy Eva Marie Cassidy was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics.
Feminist Improvising Group The Feminist Improvising Group were a five- to eight-piece English free improvising avant-garde jazz and avant-rock ensemble formed in London in 1977.
Fiona Apple Fiona Apple McAfee Maggart (born September 13, 1977) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist.
Flora Purim Flora Purim (born March 6, 1942 in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian jazz singer known primarily for her work in the jazz fusion style.
Florence Mills Florence Mills, born Florence Winfrey, known as the "Queen of Happiness," was an African American cabaret singer, dancer, and comedian known for her effervescent stage presence, delicate v...
Gabriella Cilmi Gabriella Lucia Cilmi ( (born 10 October 1991) is an Australian singer-songwriter.
Geri Allen Geri Allen is an American composer/pianist educator jazz pianist, raised in Detroit, Michigan, and educated in the Detroit Public Schools.
Greetje Kauffeld Greetje Kauffeld (born 26 November 1939 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch jazz singer and Schlager musician who represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 1961.
Gwyneth Herbert Gwyneth Herbert is a British singer-songwriter and pianist, initially known for her interpretation of jazz and swing standards, and now established as a writer of original compositions.
Hadda Brooks Hadda Brooks (October 29, 1916 – November 21, 2002), was an American pianist, vocalist and composer.
Hazel Scott Hazel Dorothy Scott was an internationally known, American jazz and classical pianist and singer.
Helen Merrill Helen Merrill (born Jelena Ana Milcetic on July 21, 1930 in New York City) is an internationally known jazz vocalist.
Hiromi Uehara Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ, born 26 March 1979), known as Hiromi, is a jazz composer and pianist born in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Holly Cole Holly Cole (born November 25, 1963 in Halifax, Nova Scotia) is a Canadian jazz singer, particularly popular in Canada and Japan for both her versatile and distinctive voice, along with her adven...
Ilse Huizinga Ilse Huizinga (October 15, 1966) is a Dutch jazz singer.
Ingrid Jensen Ingrid Jensen (b., January 12, 1966, North Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian jazz trumpet player.
Ingrid Laubrock Ingrid Laubrock is a German-born jazz saxophonist, who plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones.
Irene Daye Irene Daye (January 17, 1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts - November 1, 1971 in Greenville, South Carolina) was an American jazz singer.
Irène Schweizer Irène Schweizer is a notable Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist.
Iyeoka Okoawo Iyeoka Okoawo (pronounced ee-yo-kah) is a Nigerian/American poet, recording artist, singer, activist, educator and TEDGlobal Fellow.
Jacqui Dankworth Jacqui Dankworth (born 5 February 1963, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is a British jazz singer.
Jana Herzen Jana Herzen is a singer-songwriter with folk, world, rock and jazz influences who founded Motéma Music, a Harlem-based record label focused on virtuosic jazz and world music.
Jane Bunnett Jane Bunnett (born October 22, 1956) is a Canadian soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader known for her Afro-Cuban jazz melodies.
Jane Ira Bloom Jane Ira Bloom (born 1955) is an American jazz soprano saxophonist and composer.
Jane Monheit Jane Monheit (born November 3, 1977) is a jazz and adult contemporary vocalist for Concord Records.
Janet Lawson Janet Lawson, born Janet Polun on November 13, 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, is a jazz singer and educator.
Janis Siegel (singer) Janis Siegel is a singer and founding member of the second incarnation of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.
Janita Janita Maria Ervi, better known by her stage name Janita, is a Finnish soul, alternative rock, and R&B singer–songwriter.
Jay Clayton Jay Clayton (born October 28, 1941, in Youngstown, Ohio, as Judith Colantone) is an internationally acclaimed avant-garde vocalist and jazz educator.
Jeanne Lee Jeanne Lee (January 29, 1939 – October 25, 2000) was an American jazz singer, poet and composer.
Jennifer Leitham Jennifer Leitham (born August 10, 1953) is an American musician and double bass player.
Jessica Williams Jessica Jennifer Williams is an American pianist and composer who has deep roots in jazz.
Jill Scott Jill Scott (born April 4, 1972) is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter, poet, and actress.
Jo Stafford Jo Elizabeth Stafford was an American singer of traditional pop music and jazz standards whose career ran from the late 1930s to the early 1960s.
Joanie Bartels Joan Constance "Joanie" Bartels (born May 21, 1953, Dorchester, Massachusetts) is an American children's singer.
Joanna MacGregor Joanna MacGregor (born 16 July 1959) is a classical, jazz and contemporary pianist.
Joanne Brackeen Joanne Brackeen (born July 26, 1938) is an American jazz pianist and music educator.
Jordyn Jackson Jordyn Jackson is an American vocalist, most recently known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, and pop classics on her 2009 album September in the Garden.
Josette Daydé Josette Daydé (March 28, 1923 – March 4, 1995) was a French jazz/swing singer, chansonnière and actress.
Joyce Collins Joyce Collins was a jazz pianist, singer and educator.
Joëlle Léandre Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.
Judi Silvano Judi Silvano, born 1951, is a jazz singer and composer.
Julia Feldman Julia Feldman (יוליה פלדמן, born June 22, 1979 in Samara, Soviet Union) is an Israeli jazz vocalist, composer and educator.
Julie London Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress.
June Christy June Christy (November 20, 1925 – June 21, 1990), born Shirley Luster, was an American singer, known for her work in the cool jazz genre and for her silky smooth vocals.
June Tyson June Tyson (b. February 5, 1936, Albemarle, North Carolina - d. November 24, 1992, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a jazz singer.
Jutta Hipp Jutta Hipp (February 4, 1925 in Leipzig, Germany – April 7, 2003 in Queens) was a jazz pianist who also had some success as a painter.
Karin Krog Karin Krog (born May 15, 1937 in Oslo) is a Norwegian jazz vocalist.
Karrin Allyson Karrin Allyson (pronounced KAH-rin; born Karrin Allyson Schoonover on July 27, 1963 in Great Bend, Kansas) is an American jazz vocalist.
Kate Higgins Catherine Davis "Kate" Higgins (born August 16, 1969) is an American voice actress, singer, and jazz pianist.
Kate Michaels Kate Michaels (born Kathleen Rebecca Hall) is an American singer and actor specializing in big band/swing and musical theater.
Katrine Madsen Katrine Madsen (born 1972 in Aarhus, Denmark) is a Danish jazz singer.
Kelly Sweet Kelly Sweet (born March 29, 1988) is an adult contemporary singer with classical and jazz styles currently living in Los Angeles, CA.
Kellylee Evans Kellylee Evans is a Canadian jazz and soul music vocalist.
Kenya Hathaway Kenya Canelibra Hathaway (born December 31, 1970) is a contemporary American R&B and jazz singer.
Kevyn Lettau Kevyn Lettau (born 1959 in Berlin, Germany) is a Jazz-Pop vocalist.
Kimbra Kimbra Johnson, known mononymously as Kimbra, is a New Zealand singer/songwriter from Hamilton, New Zealand.
Kiri Te Kanawa Dame Kiri Jeanette Te Kanawa, ONZ, DBE, AC is a New Zealand / Māori soprano singer who has had a highly successful international opera career since 1968.
Kit McClure Kit McClure is a jazz musician and bandleader of the big band Kit McClure Band and founder of the Women in Jazz Project.
Kit McClure Band The Kit McClure Band is an all-female big band and jazz combo begun by Kit McClure in 1982 at The Ritz in New York City.
Lakrea Clark Lakrea Merie Clark (born October 19, 1991 in Austin, Texas) is an American R&B and jazz singer-songwriter who also goes by the stage name Lakrea.
Lalah Hathaway Eulaulah Donyll Hathaway best known as Lalah Hathaway referred to as the First Daughter of Soul, is a contemporary R&B and jazz singer.
Lauren Newton (singer) Lauren Amber Newton is an avant-garde jazz and contemporary classical singer, composer and teacher, best known as a founding member of the Vienna Art Orchestra.
Lena Horne Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was an American singer, actress, civil rights activist and dancer.
Leni Stern Leni Stern (born Magdalena Thora in Munich, Germany) is an electric guitarist, and singer.
Leny Andrade Leny de Andrade Lima, better known as Leny Andrade, was born in Rio de Janeiro, on January 25, 1943, and is a Brazilian singer and musician.
Letta Mbulu Letta Mbulu is a South African jazz singer born and raised in Soweto.
Liane Carroll Liane Carroll is an English pianist/vocalist who grew up in a musical family.She has played professionally since she was 15.
Lil Hardin Armstrong Lil Hardin Armstrong (February 3, 1898 – August 27, 1971) was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and bandleader, and the second wife of Louis Armstrong with whom she collaborated on man...
Linda Hayes (singer) Linda Hayes (born Bertha Williams, December 10, 1923, Linden, New Jersey) is an American jazz, and R&B singer.
Lindsay Cooper Lindsay Cooper (born 3 March 1951) is an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist.
Lovie Austin Lovie Austin (September 19, 1887 – July 10, 1972) was an American Chicago bandleader, session musician, composer, and arranger during the 1920s classic blues era.
Luciana Souza Luciana Souza (1966) is a Brazilian jazz singer and composer who has crossed over into classical music.
Lucy Ann Polk Lucy Ann Polk is an American jazz and big band vocalist.
Lynne Arriale Lynne Arriale (born May 29, 1957) is an American jazz pianist.
Mabel Mercer Mabel Mercer (3 February 1900 – 20 April 1984) was an English-born cabaret singer who performed in the United States, Britain, and Europe with the greats in jazz and cabaret.
Madeleine Peyroux Madeleine Peyroux (born 1974, Athens, Georgia, USA) is an American jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Maggie Nicols Maggie Nicols (or Nichols, as she originally spelt her name as a performer) (born 24 February 1948), is a Scottish free-jazz and improvising vocalist, dancer, and performer.
Malika Zarra Malika Zarra is a Moroccan-born, French-raised singer, composer, and music producer now based in New York City known for singing in Moroccan Arabic, Berber, French, and English.
Maria João Maria João (born Maria João Monteiro Grancha June 27, 1956, Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese jazz singer.
Maria Pia De Vito Maria Pia De Vito is an Italian jazz singer, composer, and arranger.
Maria Schneider (musician) Maria Schneider (born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota) is an American arranger, composer, and big-band leader who has won multiple awards.
Marian McPartland Margaret Marian McPartland, OBE (née Turner; born March 20, 1918) is an English-born jazz pianist, composer, writer, and the host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public R...
Marilyn Crispell Marilyn Crispell (born March 30, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American jazz pianist and composer.
Marilyn Mazur Marilyn Mazur is a percussionist, drummer, composer, vocalist, pianist, dancer and bandleader.
Marilyn Moore Marilyn Moore was an American jazz singer of the 1950s.
Mary Lou Williams Mary Lou Williams was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger.
Mary Osborne Mary Osborne (July 17, 1921 – March 4, 1992) was an American jazz electric guitarist.
Matana Roberts Matana Roberts is a jazz saxophonist, composer and improviser based in New York City.
Maxine Daniels Maxine Daniels (November 2, 1930, Stepney, east London – October 20, 2003, Romford, Havering) was a British jazz singer born in London, UK, probably best known for her work with Humphrey Lyttelt...
Melba Liston Melba Doretta Liston (January 13, 1926 – April 23, 1999) was an American jazz musician (trombone, compositions, musical arrangements).
Melody Gardot Melody Gardot (born February 2, 1985) is a Grammy-nominated American singer, writer and musician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, though she considers herself a "citizen of the world".
Nancy Wilson (jazz singer) Nancy Wilson (born February 20, 1937) is an American singer with more than 70 albums, and three Grammy Awards.
Natalie Cole Natalie Maria Cole (born February 6, 1950) is an American singer, songwriter and performer.
Nellie Lutcher Nellie Lutcher (October 15, 1912 – June 8, 2007) was an African-American R&B and jazz singer and pianist, who gained prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Nellie McKay Nellie McKay, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, and former stand-up comedienne, noted for her critically acclaimed albums, and for her Broadway debut in The Threepenny Opera, for whic...
Nikki Yeoh Nikki Yeoh (born May 23, 1973) is a British jazz pianist, keyboardist and composer born in London, UK, probably better known for her work with Courtney Pine, Neneh Cherry, Phillip Bent, Dick Hec...
Nina Simone Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music.
Nnenna Freelon Nnenna Freelon, (born July 28, 1954), is an American jazz singer, composer, producer, and arranger.
Nora Brockstedt Nora Brockstedt is a successful Norwegian singer, born on 20 January 1923.
Norah Jones Norah Jones is an Indian-American singer-songwriter and occasional actress.
Norma Teagarden Norma Teagarden (1911 – 6 June 1996) was a notable jazz pianist.
Obenewa Obenewa (born 28 April 1984) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.
Pamela Williams Pamela Williams is an American smooth jazz saxophonist, songwriter, producer and painter.
Patricia Barber Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955, Chicago, Illinois) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader.
Patty Waters Patty Waters is a jazz vocalist, best known for her free jazz recordings in the 1960s for the ESP-Disk label.
Peggy Gilbert Peggy Gilbert, born Margaret F. Knechtges (January 17, 1905 – February 12, 2007), was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader.
Peggy Lee Peggy Lee (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades.