Sheila Jordan Similar Artists

Abbey Lincoln - 100% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Electronic & Ambient 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

Johnny Hartman - 100% match to Sheila Jordan

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

Carmen McRae - 89% match to Sheila Jordan

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

Sarah Vaughan - 87% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Big Band & Swing 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

Carol Sloane - 81% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carol Morvan, 5 March 1937, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. While still only 14 years old, Sloane sang with a local dance band, Ed Drew’s, owing to the active encouragement of her piano- and saxophone-playing Uncle Joe. By her late teens she had gained sufficient experience to be hired by the popular dance band led by the brothers Les And Larry Elgart. In 1960 she briefl Read more

Betty Carter - 77% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Lillie Mae Jones, 16 May 1929, Flint, Michigan, USA, d. 26 September 1998, New York City, New York, USA. Growing up in Detroit, Carter sang with touring jazzmen, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. In her late teens, she joined Lionel Hampton, using the stage name Lorene Carter. With Hampton she enjoyed a love-hate relationship; he would regularly fire her only to Read more

Kurt Elling - 72% match to Sheila Jordan

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

Mark Murphy - 70% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Blues 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

Peggy Lee - 67% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Big Band & Swing Easy Listening Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Norma Deloris Egstrom, 26 May 1920, Jamestown, North Dakota, USA, d. 21 January 2002, California, USA. Peggy Lee was of Scandinavian descent, her grandparents being Swedish and Norwegian immigrants. She endured a difficult childhood and her mother died when she was four; when her father remarried she experienced a decidedly unpleasant relationship with her stepmother. Her fa Read more

Shirley Horn - 65% match to Sheila Jordan

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

Cassandra Wilson - 62% match to Sheila Jordan

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

Dinah Washington - 62% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Blues Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ruth Lee Jones, 29 August 1924, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA, d. 14 December 1963, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Raised in Chicago, Dinah Washington first sang in church choirs for which she also played piano. She then worked in local clubs, where she was heard by Lionel Hampton, who promptly hired her. She was with Hampton from 1943-46, recording hits with ‘Evil Gal Blues’, Read more

Helen Merrill - 62% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Jazz Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Jelena Ana Milcetic, 21 July 1930, New York City, New York, USA. Merrill’s early career found her singing in exalted bebop company. Among the major artists with whom she sang in the late 40s were Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Bud Powell. She spent part of the 50s outside music, but continued to make a few records with notable figures such as Clifford Brown; by the end Read more

Lou Donaldson - 62% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Funk Jazz Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 November 1926, Badin, North Carolina, USA. Donaldson started on clarinet but, while playing in a band in the US Navy alongside Willie Smith and Clark Terry, he switched to alto saxophone. In the early 50s he was in New York, playing with Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell, Art Blakey and other leading jazzmen. In 1954 he and Clifford Brown joined Blakey’s J Read more

Nancy Wilson - 60% match to Sheila Jordan

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1937, Chillicothe, Ohio, USA. Wilson began singing in clubs in and around Columbus, Ohio. She attracted attention among jazz musicians, made her first records in 1956, and in the late 50s toured with a band led by Rusty Bryant. At the end of the decade she sang with George Shearing, with whom she recorded, and Cannonball Adderley. It was at Adderley’s insist Read more


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