April is Jazz Appreciation Month – and on any list of influential women who've changed the world – right up there with Indira Gandhi and Gloria Steinem you’re likely to find Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Each had a voice that you never forget.
With its roots in the blues, Jazz has been referred to as America's true classical art form. Although its famous instrumentalists have been male, women have been at the forefront of the genre when it comes to vocalists who expressed an incredible depth of emotion that spoke of despair, love and triumph in voices that oozed poignancy in every note.
Join us in honoring their contributions to American culture and enter our our First Ladies of Jazz Giveaway to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, comment below and tell us your favorite Jazz artist or song. Maybe it's one of these masterpieces from Ella, Sarah, or Billie!
|God Bless The Child
|It Don't Mean A Thing
|I'm A Fool To Want You
|Over The Rainbow
*This giveaway is open through April15th to US residents over 18 years of age
4/21/2014 Congratulations to our lucky winner, GrlyGrl7!
Anything Ella Fitzgerald! Also one of my favorites is Etta James - "At Last"....
How does one choose from this lineup - they all made history! If I have to choose just one Billie Holiday - God Bless.
The First Lady of Jazz - Has to be Billie Holiday (for me) . "Strange Fruit" gives me chills every time I hear it and "Gloomy Sunday" is all hers. Her life (triumphs and sadly mostly tragedy) comes thru in her voice and her songs. All one of of kind.
I love anything by Joe Sample, especially Carmel.
My favorite Jazz artist is Nina Simone.
Billie holiday is my fav!
Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime
There are so many greats and Lena Horne is at the top of my list, but if I have to name 1 song, My favorite is Nina Simone's - Mississippi Goddam
Ella Fitzgerald all the way.