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Cassandra Wilson - 95% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Blues Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 December 1955, Jackson, Mississippi, USA. Wilson started piano and guitar lessons at the age of nine. In 1975 she began singing professionally, primarily folk and blues, working in various R&B and Top 20 cover version bands. She emerged as a jazz singer while studying with drummer Alvin Fielder and singing with the Black Arts Music Society in her home-town. In 1981, sh Read more

Al Jarreau - 77% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Alwyn Lopez Jarreau, 12 March 1940, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Singing a highly sophisticated form of vocalese, Jarreau’s style displays many influences. Some of these come from within the world of jazz, notably the work of Jon Hendricks, while others are external. He customarily uses vocal sounds that include the clicks of African song and the plosives common in orient Read more

Madeleine Peyroux - 61% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1974, Athens, Georgia, USA. A precocious contemporary jazz singer, Madeleine Peyroux was first spotted singing in a Greenwich Village bar in New York, USA, by Atlantic Records Vice President of A&R, Yves Beauvais, in the early 90s. By the advent of her debut album in 1996, Peyroux had already spent much of her young life as a busker and club performer, working principall Read more

Manhattan Transfer - 60% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Jazz Soundtracks Vocals Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The original Manhattan Transfer was formed in 1969, performing good time, jug band music, with Tim Hauser (12 December 1941, Troy, New York, USA; vocals) joined by Gene Pistilli (b. Hoboken, New Jersey, USA), Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Erin Dickens. This line-up recorded Jukin’ for Capitol Records before splitting up. By 1972, the only surviving member was Hauser, a Read more

The Manhattan Transfer - 60% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Doo Wop Jazz Pop / Rock
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John Scofield - 58% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Christian & Gospel Funk Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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26 December 1951, Dayton, Ohio, USA. From an early background of playing with local R&B groups in Connecticut where he was raised, guitarist Scofield attended the renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston during the early 70s. He recorded with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker and eventually received an invitation to join Billy Cobham as replacement for John Abercrombie. F Read more

Ahmad Jamal - 57% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Fritz Jones, 2 July 1930, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A professional pianist from before his teenage years, Jamal (who changed his name in the early 50s) managed to break through to a wider audience than most jazz artists. His trio work produced many excellent recordings and his accompanists included Israel Crosby. The most influential of his advocates was Miles Davis, wh Read more

Pat Metheny - 55% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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12 August 1954, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA. Although classed as a jazz guitarist, Metheny has bridged the gap between jazz and rock music in the same way that Miles Davis did in the late 60s and early 70s. Additionally, he played a major part in the growth of jazz’s popularity among the younger generation of the 80s. Throughout his career, his extraordinary sense Read more

Eliane Elias - 54% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 March 1960, São Paulo, Brazil. Before she reached the age of 21, Elias had attracted considerable attention, not only for her keyboard playing but also as a teacher of jazz music. In the early 80s she moved to New York, joined the Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker jazz rock group, Steps Ahead, with whom she remained until 1984, and thereafter recorded and toured ex Read more

Jamie Cullum - 50% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s
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20 August 1979, Rochford, Essex, England. Cullum began playing piano as a child, crediting his older brother, Ben, later to become a session musician, as being a primary influence. By his mid-teenage years, he had grown weary of the current pop scene and through the medium of his parents’ record collection began paying attention to jazz. Meanwhile, his attention was bei Read more

Kurt Elling - 46% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 November 1967, Chicago, Illinois, USA. While still in school, Elling began singing as a chorister but at college took a serious interest in jazz. He developed a wide-ranging repertoire including ballads, standards and original material. During his formative years he also established a commanding stage presence and attracted the attention of Blue Note Records. Signed to thi Read more

Al Di Meola - 45% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock
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Brad Mehldau - 44% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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23 August 1970, Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Mehldau began playing piano at a very early age, taking formal lessons from the age of six. While at Hall High School in Hartford, Connecticut, he played in the school’s popular and noted jazz band. Mehldau attracted attention by winning a competition sponsored by the Berklee College Of Music. Although he studied classical mus Read more

Dianne Reeves - 44% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
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Esperanza Spalding - 44% match to Bobby McFerrin

Genres: Jazz Latin
Decades Active: 2000s
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