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Jane Monheit - 75% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals Jazz Music Videos & Concerts
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

Karrin Allyson - 73% 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 - 62% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals Jazz
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

Laura Fygi - 60% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Nancy Wilson - 54% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Drama Comedy Pop / Rock Music & Radio
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Nancy Wilson - 54% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Vocals Jazz R&B / Soul Music Videos & Concerts Vocals Pop / Rock Jazz Disco Drama Holiday & Seasonal
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

Diane Schuur - 50% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Jazz
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

Eliane Elias - 48% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Latin Jazz
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 March 1960, São Paulo, Brazil. Before she reached the age of 21, Elias had attracted considerable attention, not only for her keyboard playing but also as a teacher of jazz music. In the early 80s she moved to New York, joined the Randy Brecker and Michael Brecker jazz rock group, Steps Ahead, with whom she remained until 1984, and thereafter recorded and toured ex Read more

Dianne Reeves - 47% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Drama Documentaries Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks Vocals
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Dee Dee Bridgewater - 46% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals Jazz R&B / Soul
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

Lizz Wright - 42% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s
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22 January 1980, Hahira, Georgia, USA. Heavily promoted as the new hot voice of jazz, Wright’s sudden appearance in 2002 brought a stronger, tougher feel to the pop jazz crossover music that had seen sky high album sales for several other young singers. Interestingly, Wright was the first black artist to step into this newly created, and potentially richly rewarding are Read more

Tierney Sutton - 42% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Vocals Jazz
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

Molly Johnson - 39% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: Jazz Funk
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

Kurt Elling - 36% match to Nnenna Freelon

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

Natalie Cole - 36% match to Nnenna Freelon

Genres: R&B / Soul Vocals Pop / Rock Holiday & Seasonal Kids & Family Music Videos & Concerts Television Vocals World Music Drama Musicals & The Arts
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


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