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 WHAT IS JAZZ SINGING ANYWAY?
 Examples of what is and what isn’t jazz singing.
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 If you consider 1920 as roughly the beginning of the jazz style of American popular music, these vocalists were strong influencers -  mainly by changing the singing style into a more intimate, conversational delivery, helped by the invention of the microphone.

THE PIONEERS
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Bessie Smith

    Louis Armstrong 
  Ethel Waters 
  Bing Crosby  
   Mildred Bailey
Fats Waller 

THE GOLDEN AGE OF VOCALS
After the end of the Big Band era, roughly 1935-1945, the band vocalists went out on their own and popular music was\ dominated by singers, some of whom were strictly pop (and mostly white) and others, jazz (and mostly black.) Of course, some worked in both lanes.

THE TOP FIVE JAZZ SINGERS:
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Billie Holiday
Ella Fitzgerald
 Sarah Vaughan
 Carmen McRae
 Anita O’Day

THE SECOND TIER:
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Dinah Washington

 Peggy Lee
 Etta Jones
Carol Sloane
Ernestine Anderson 
Nina Simone

Shirley Horn
The Baritones
ink Spots and Mills Bros

JAZZY POP SINGERS:
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Frank Sinatra
Nat King Cole
Doris Day
Tony Bennett
Rosemary Clooney

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