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Karrin Allyson - 100% 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

Diane Schuur - 83% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz 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

Nikki Yanofsky - 71% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Vocals
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Jane Monheit - 66% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 2000s
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3 November 1977, Long Island, New York, USA. Singing from very early childhood, Monheit avers that no other career entered her mind. Surrounded at home by musically minded relatives, she sang as a semi-professional while still attending high school, then from the age of 17 was educated formally at the Manhattan School of Music. Acknowledging the influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Read more

Ann Hampton Callaway - 64% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal 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

Natalie Cole - 51% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole, 6 February 1950, Los Angeles, California, USA. The daughter of celebrated singer/pianist Nat ‘King’ Cole, Natalie survived early pressures to emulate her father’s laid-back singing style. Signed to Capitol Records in 1975, her debut release, ‘This Will Be’, was a US Top 10 hit and the first of three consecutive number 1 Read more

Laura Fygi - 49% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Latin Vocals
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Kurt Elling - 48% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Susannah McCorkle - 48% 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

Stacey Kent - 45% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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27 March 1968, South Orange, New Jersey, USA. Starting to sing as a child, Kent never thought of singing as a career, treating it only as a hobby. She took a degree in Comparative Literature, also studying languages. After graduation she visited England, ‘just to get away’, and while in London decided to take a post-graduate course in jazz. This brought her into co Read more

Catherine Russell - 43% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Blues Jazz
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Dianne Reeves - 42% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Soundtracks Vocals
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Molly Johnson - 42% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Funk 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

Sarah Vaughan - 41% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Big Band & Swing Jazz Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Sarah Lois Vaughan, 27 March 1924, Newark, New Jersey, USA, d. 3 April 1990, Los Angeles, California, USA. Although she was not born into an especially musical home environment (her father was a carpenter and her mother worked in a laundry), the young Sarah Vaughan had plenty of contact with music-making. As well as taking piano lessons for nearly 10 years, she sang in her c Read more

Patti Austin - 40% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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10 August 1948, New York City, New York, USA. Austin first sang on stage at the age of three at the famous Apollo Theatre in New York City during Dinah Washington’s set. As a child performer, she appeared on television, including Sammy Davis Jnr.’s programme, and in the theatre. Her stage work included Lost In The Stars and Finian’s Rainbow. At the age of nine Read more


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