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100 Greatest Jazz & Standard Vocalists

Criteria: These Jazz & Standards vocalists where chosen for their interpretative skill, improvisation skill, timing, phrasing, range, power, uniqueness and versatility in technique, ability to convey emotion, and impact on other Jazz & Standards singers.

Last Updated: 2022-06-28
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Greatest Jazz & Standards Vocalists
  1. Ella Fitzgerald
  2. Sarah Vaughan
  3. Billie Holiday
  4. Nat King Cole
  5. Frank Sinatra
  6. Nina Simone
  7. Dinah Washington
  8. Louis Armstrong
  9. Carmen McRae
10. Jo Stafford
11. Helen Forrest
12. Tony Bennett
13. Johnny Hartman
14. Lee Wiley
15. Betty Carter
16. Rosemary Clooney
17. Helen Merrill
18. Mel Torme
19. Margaret Whiting
20. Dianne Reeves
21. Susannah McCorkle
22. Anita O'Day
23. Julie London
24. Shirley Horn
25. Blossom Dearie
26. Nancy Wilson
27. Abbey Lincoln
28. Chet Baker
29. Billy Eckstine
30. Etta James
31. Peggy Lee
32. June Christy
33. Chris Connor
34. Alice Babs
35. Freddy Cole
36. Lena Horne
37. Ray Charles
38. Dinah Shore
39. Kay Starr
40. Annie Ross
41. Jon Hendricks
42. Mildred Bailey
43. Betty Roche
44. Harry Connick Jr.
45. Jeri Southern
46. Diane Schuur
47. Norma Winstone
48. Mark Murphy
49. Carol Sloane
50. Dee Dee Bridgewater
51. Mary Stallings
52. Gloria Lynne
53. Jimmy Rushing
54. Natalie Cole
55. Jack Teagarden
56. Cab Calloway
57. Cleo Laine
58. Tierney Sutton
59. Alberta Hunter
60. Nneena Freelon
61. Stacy Kent
62. Ethel Waters
63. Karrin Alyson
64. Sheila Jordan
65. Cecile Salvant
66. Eddie Jefferson
67. Oscar Brown Jr.
68. Joe Williams
69. Teddy Grace
70. Ernie Andrews
71. Jimmy Scott
72. Fats Waller
73. Ella Mae Morse
74. Eartha Kitt
75. Leon Thomas
76. Maxine Sullivan
77. Vanessa Rubin
78. Johnny Mercer
79. Cassandra Wilson
80. Beverly Kenney
81. Marlena Shaw
82. Ivie Anderson
83. Ruth Brown
84. Monica Zetterlund
85. Michael Buble
86. George Benson
87. King Pleasure
88. Jimmy Witherspoon
89. John Pizzarelli
90. Roberta Gambarini
91. Astrud Gilberto
92. Madeleine Peyroux
93. Helen Humes
94. Connee Boswell
95. Al Jarreau
96. Bob Dorough
97. Jamie Cullum
98. Kevin Mahogany
99. Kurt Elling
100. Irene Reid
jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald

jazz singer Sarah Vaughan
Sarah Vaughan

jazz singer Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday

jazz singer Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole






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