The First Ladies of Jazz

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Apr 02, 2014
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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!

Billie Holiday Sarah Vaughan Ella Fitzgerald
   
God Bless The Child    Misty    It Don't Mean A Thing
         
   
I'm A Fool To Want You   Over The Rainbow    Summertime
         

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*This giveaway is open through April15th to US residents over 18 years of age

4/21/2014 Congratulations to our lucky winner, GrlyGrl7!

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Silversphere by Silversphere | NEW YORK, NY
Apr 22, 2014

Anything Ella Fitzgerald! Also one of my favorites is Etta James - "At Last"....

monkey7 by monkey7 | NEW YORK, NY
Apr 18, 2014

How does one choose from this lineup - they all made history! If I have to choose just one Billie Holiday - God Bless.

botts59 by botts59 | pottstown, PA
Apr 18, 2014

Billie Holiday

everlast13 by everlast13 | PHILADELPHIA, PA
Apr 15, 2014

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.

mistyhill by mistyhill | balch springs, TX
Apr 15, 2014

billie holiday

Momsday3 by Momsday3 | Jacksonville, FL
Apr 14, 2014

I love anything by Joe Sample, especially Carmel.

angevege by angevege | CHESNEE, SC
Apr 14, 2014

My favorite Jazz artist is Nina Simone.

Phoenix by Phoenix | BERKELEY, CA
Apr 14, 2014

Nina Simone.

botts59 by botts59 | pottstown, PA
Apr 14, 2014

Billie Holiday

krisw1221 by krisw1221 | GEORGETOWN, KY
Apr 14, 2014

Billie holiday is my fav!

ecollins86 by ecollins86 | Laveen, AZ
Apr 14, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime

botts59 by botts59 | pottstown, PA
Apr 12, 2014

Billy Holiday

NatStellar by NatStellar | NASHVILLE, TN
Apr 12, 2014

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

teacupalchemist by teacupalchemist | SOUTHFIELD, MI
Apr 11, 2014

Ella Fitzgerald all the way.

botts59 by botts59 | pottstown, PA
Apr 11, 2014

Billie Holiday

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