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Shirley Horn - 100% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1934, Washington, DC, USA, d. 20 October 2005, Cheverly, Maryland, USA. After studying piano formally, Horn continued her musical education at Howard University. She began leading her own group in the mid-50s, and in the early 60s recorded several sessions for Mercury Records, often in company with front-rank bop musicians. For some years Horn spent much of her time in Read more

Helen Merrill - 97% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jelena Ana Milcetic, 21 July 1930, New York City, New York, USA. Merrill’s early career found her singing in exalted bebop company. Among the major artists with whom she sang in the late 40s were Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Bud Powell. She spent part of the 50s outside music, but continued to make a few records with notable figures such as Clifford Brown; by the end Read more

Betty Carter - 92% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lillie Mae Jones, 16 May 1929, Flint, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1998, New York City, New York, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Carter sang with touring jazzmen, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In her late teens, she joined Lionel Hampton, using the stage name Lorene Carter. With Hampton she enjoyed a love-hate relationship; he would regularly fire her only to Read more

Ernestine Anderson - 82% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1928, Houston, Texas, USA. Raised in Seattle, Anderson has been singing professionally since her mid-teens. She worked extensively with R&B bands in the 40s, including those led by Russell Jacquet and Johnny Otis. A year with Lionel Hampton in the early 50s and a Scandinavian tour with bop trumpeter Rolf Ericson broadened her repertoire, but she remained well Read more

Carmen McRae - 79% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 April 1920, New York City, New York, USA, d. 10 November 1994, Beverly Hills, California, USA. One of the best American jazz singers, McRae was also an accomplished pianist and songwriter. Early in her career she sang with bands led by Benny Carter, Mercer Ellington, Charlie Barnet and Count Basie (sometimes under the name of Carmen Clarke, from her brief marriage to Kenny Read more

Molly Johnson - 73% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 2000s
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Canada. The Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based Johnson is one of the most promising jazz vocalists to emerge in the new millennium. Her career began at a young age, and led to performances across North America, as well as formal training at both the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff School of Fine Arts. Johnson then landed in an obscure 80s art-rock outfit, Alta Mod Read more

Chris Connor - 68% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1927, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. After singing publicly while still at school, Connor worked with the bands of Claude Thornhill, where she was a member of the vocal group, the Snowflakes, and Herbie Fields in the late 40s and early 50s. Audibly influenced by Anita O’Day, Connor quickly developed her own recognizable style and built a localized reputation. Ha Read more

Dakota Staton - 66% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 10 April 2007, New York City, New York, USA. After singing in clubs in a style modelled on that of such diverse artists as Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Staton began to attract wider attention in the mid-50s. She extended her repertoire to include popular songs, R&B, soul and gospel and made a number of successful reco Read more

Dee Dee Bridgewater - 66% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Denise Eileen Garrett, 27 May 1950, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. After making her first public performances singing in the American north west, Garrett became featured vocalist with the University of Illinois big band. In 1970, she married trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, thereafter using her married name, even after their divorce. The couple recorded together, including the well-re Read more

Dianne Reeves - 65% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
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Etta Jones - 65% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 November 1928, Aiken, South Carolina, USA, d. 16 October 2001, Mount Vernon, New York, USA. By the time she began singing professionally, Jones was living in New York. She worked with Buddy Johnson, then Pete Johnson, J.C. Heard and Earl Hines. She also worjked with her husband Gerald Wilson until they divorced in the early 50s. From the early 50s she often worked as a s Read more

June Christy - 65% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Shirley Luster, 20 November 1925, Springfield, Illinois, USA, d. 21 June 1990, Sherman Oaks, California, USA. Christy first came to prominence with the bands of Boyd Raeburn and Stan Kenton, although her chirpy singing style sometimes sat oddly with the earnestly progressive experiments of her employers. Her bright, bubbling personality glowed through her performances and s Read more

Nnenna Freelon - 65% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Nnenna Chinyere Freelon, 28 July 1954, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Although Freelon had displayed an interest in singing from an early age, she first graduated from Simmons College, then had a career in social services in Durham, North Carolina. She also raised three children before being encouraged to consider a career in music. She studied with Yusef Lateef, developing Read more

Karrin Allyson - 64% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Great Bend, Kansas, USA. While still a small child, Allyson moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where she studied classical piano. Later, living in the San Francisco Bay area, she worked in the theatre before returning to Nebraska to attend university where she majored in classical piano, graduating in 1987. It was around this time that Allyson’s musical horizons broadened and sh Read more

Ann Hampton Callaway - 63% match to Abbey Lincoln

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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30 May 1959, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Born into a musically nurturing family, Callaway began singing from an early age encouraged especially by her mother, a vocal coach. In addition to singing, she also developed a concurrent career as a songwriter. She has worked with her sister, Liz Callaway, in particular on their original musical show, Sibling Revelry, which has been per Read more


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