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Eddie Jefferson - 100% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edgar Jefferson, 3 August 1918, Detroit, Michigan, USA, d. 9 May 1979, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Beginning his showbusiness career as a dancer and occasional singer, Jefferson gradually concentrated on his latter talent. After achieving limited success, as a scat singer in the mid- to late 40s, Jefferson was largely responsible for the creation of so-called ‘vocalese’ Read more

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - 53% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In the late 50s a group of singers began informal ‘vocalese’ jam sessions at the New York apartment of Dave Lambert (19 June 1917, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, d. 3 October 1966, Westport, Connecticut, USA). At these sessions singers would improvise vocal lines in much the same manner as jazz instrumentalists. Ten years previously, Lambert had worked as arranger and Read more

Mark Murphy - 47% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Blues Jazz Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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14 March 1932, Syracuse, New York, USA. Murphy began singing as a child and in his mid-teens was performing with a band led by his brother. He worked in many parts of the USA, and had built a small reputation for himself in New York when the appearance of several albums in the late 50s announced that the jazz world had a new and important singer in its midst. During the 60s Read more

Abbey Lincoln - 36% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anna Marie Wooldridge, 6 August 1930, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lincoln began singing publicly in the early 50s, working in Chicago nightclubs and using a variety of pseudonyms, including Anna Marie and Gaby Lee, as well as her real name. By the middle of the decade she was using the name by which she has since been largely known. She appeared successfully at the Moulin Rouge Read more

Jon Hendricks - 36% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Carl Hendricks, 16 September 1921, Newark, Ohio, USA. Although he studied law, Hendricks was drawn to jazz and worked as a drummer and singer while still at college. An engagement with Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker prompted a move into full-time music. Hendricks wrote lyrics to solos created by jazzmen, a form of singing which has never been overcrowded with skilled p Read more

Mose Allison - 33% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Blues Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Mose John Allison Jnr., 11 November 1927, Tippo, Mississippi, USA. Allison began piano lessons at the age of five, and played trumpet in high school, although he has featured the latter instrument less frequently in recent years. His music is a highly individual mix of blues and modern jazz, with influences on his cool, laconic singing and piano-playing ranging from Tampa Re Read more

June Christy - 26% match to King Pleasure

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

Bud Powell - 25% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Earl Rudolph Powell, 27 September 1924, Harlem, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 July 1966, New York City, New York, USA. After learning to play the piano in the classical tradition while still a child, Powell began working around New York’s Coney Island, where he played in a band featuring Valaida Snow around 1940. During the next couple of years he became a regular Read more

Carmen McRae - 25% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz 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

Maxine Sullivan - 23% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marietta Williams, 13 May 1911, Homestead, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 7 April 1987, New York City, New York, USA. Sullivan began singing in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before travelling to New York in 1937. She joined the Claude Thornhill band and made a hugely successful record of ‘Loch Lomond’. The popularity of this recording led to her making several more j Read more

Coleman Hawkins - 21% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Coleman Randolph Hawkins, 21 November 1904, St. Joseph, Missouri, USA, d. 19 May 1969, New York City, New York, USA. Coleman Hawkins (aka ‘Bean’ and ‘Hawk’) is a colossus of the tenor saxophone, and hence of jazz. He was the first to use the instrument as a serious means of expression and continued to be open to new developments for 40 years. Starting pia Read more

Lorez Alexandria - 21% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Delorez Alexandria Turner, 14 August 1929, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 22 May 2001, Los Angeles, California, USA. Like so many other young black singers, Alexandria began singing in church and later performed gospel music. Her early professional career was centred in clubs and took off towards the end of the 50s with a series of well-received albums. After working with Ramsey Read more

Cole Porter - 19% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 June 1891, Peru, Indiana, USA, d. 15 October 1964, Santa Monica, California, USA. One of the outstanding composers and lyricists of the twentieth century, Porter was born into a rich family, and studied music from an early age. In his teens he excelled in many academic subjects, and wrote songs and played the piano for his own amusement - activities he later pursued at Yal Read more

Duke Ellington - 19% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Big Band & Swing Blues Classical Jazz Jazz Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Edward Kennedy Ellington, 29 April 1899, Washington, DC, USA, d. 24 May 1974, New York City, New York, USA. Ellington began playing piano as a child but, despite some local success, took up a career as a sign-painter. In his teens he continued to play piano, studied harmony, composed his first tunes and was generally active in music in Washington. Among his childhood friends Read more

Horace Silver - 19% match to King Pleasure

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva, 2 September 1928, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. Silver studied piano and tenor saxophone at school, settling on the former instrument for his professional career. Early influences included Portuguese folk music (from his father), blues and bop. He formed a trio for local gigs which included backing visiting musicians. One such visitor, Stan Get Read more


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