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Roberta Gambarini - 100% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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c. 1972, Torino, Italy. As a child Gambarini took clarinet lessons for some years but by her mid-teens was singing in local jazz clubs. At 18, she moved to Milan and attracted considerable attention appearing on radio in a jazz talent contest. She advanced her career playing jazz clubs and festivals throughout Italy and also appearing on record. In 1998, she began studying Read more

Tierney Sutton - 91% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Ann Hampton Callaway - 87% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz 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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Diane Schuur - 87% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Vocals
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Dianne Joan Schuur, 10 December 1953, Tacoma, Washington, USA. Schuur, one of contemporary jazz’s most popular vocalists, was one of GRP Records bestselling artists during her long tenure with the label. Accidentally blinded at birth, she grew up in Auburn, taking to jazz with prodigious enthusiasm, learning Dinah Washington’s repertoire at the age of three and fou Read more

Erin Boheme - 86% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz
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Robin McKelle - 86% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s
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Robin McElhatten, 1976, Rochester, New York, USA. McKelle began singing at the age of five as a member of a church choir, then studied music formally at the University of Miami, and at Berklee College Of Music, from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Subsequently, she returned to Berklee as member of the faculty, teaching voice. In the early 00s, McKelle wo Read more

Karrin Allyson - 78% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Susannah McCorkle - 69% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 January 1946, Berkeley, California, USA, d. 19 May 2001, New York City, New York, USA. In the late 60s, McCorkle lived for a while in Paris, France. It was during this sojourn that she heard Billie Holiday on records and decided to take up singing. Multilingual, she lived for a time in Italy, working as a translator and taking any singing jobs she could find. In 1972, she Read more

Molly Johnson - 67% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Dee Dee Bridgewater - 65% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Sophie Milman - 65% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Vocals
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Jim Tomlinson - 58% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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9 September 1966, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England. Tomlinson grew up in Northumberland, then attended Oxford University where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Meanwhile, he was playing clarinet and saxophones, mostly the tenor, and developing his interest in jazz. In his post graduate year he studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music and began Read more

Laura Fygi - 54% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin Vocals
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Shirley Horn - 52% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Viktoria Tolstoy - 52% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Sweden. The great-great-granddaughter of the Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, singer Viktoria developed a small but dedicated following in Sweden in the early 90s. Her mid-90s recording debut, Smile, Love And Spice, for which she was praised by Swedish jazz musicians such as Arne Domnérus, Svante Thuresson and Putte Wickman, began attracting attention further afield. She Read more


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