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Kurt Elling - 100% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: 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

Andy Bey - 79% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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28 October 1939, Newark, New Jersey, USA. One of the most underrated vocalists currently plying their trade, Bey was belatedly championed with the release of Ballads Blues & Bey in 1996. Bey was brought up in Newark and attended Arts High, a college with a prestigious roll call of jazz alumni including Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw and James Moody. Vaughan was Read more

June Christy - 77% match to Mark Murphy

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

Carmen McRae - 74% match to Mark Murphy

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

Johnny Hartman - 72% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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John Maurice Hartman, 13 July 1923, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 15 September 1983, New York City, New York, USA. Having started to sing while still at school, Hartman went on to study at musical college. He became a professional following the end of the World War II and first attracted widespread attention singing with Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines in 1947 and two years later Read more

Tierney Sutton - 70% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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28 June 1963, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Born into a musical household, Sutton listened to and appeared in numerous local productions of musical comedies and operas, usually as a member of the chorus. While studying Russian at Wesleyan University, she encountered Bill Barron, head of the music department, and artist-in-residence, Ed Blackwell. She also heard several leading Read more

Eddie Jefferson - 66% match to Mark Murphy

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

Shirley Horn - 66% match to Mark Murphy

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

Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - 63% match to Mark Murphy

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

Jon Hendricks - 62% match to Mark Murphy

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

Cassandra Wilson - 61% match to Mark Murphy

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

Sue Raney - 60% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Raelene Claire Claussen, 18 June 1940, McPherson, Kansas, USA. Raised in New Mexico, as a small child Raney was trained by her mother, a professional singer and music teacher. Raney began singing at the age of four and at age eight was singing professionally. Four years on, she had regular radio and television spots including appearances with country singer Glen Campbell. He Read more

Anita O'Day - 58% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Big Band & Swing Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Anita Belle Colton, 18 October 1919, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 23 November 2006, West Hollywood, California, USA. As Anita Colton, in her early teens she scraped a living as a professional Walkathon contestant (marathon dancer). During this period she changed her surname to O’Day. Along with other contestants she was encouraged to sing and during one Walkathon was acco Read more

Dee Dee Bridgewater - 58% match to Mark Murphy

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 - 58% match to Mark Murphy

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
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