The First Ladies of Jazz

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 04.02.14
The First Ladies of Jazz

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

"I stole everything I ever heard, but mostly I stole from the horns. - Ella Fitzgerald"

*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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  • victoria8310 By victoria8310

    They are all great but I would have to say Billie Holiday is my all time favorite jazz singer.

  • marymount270 By marymount270

    Ella Fitzgerald for sure - her version of 'It's Only a Paper Moon" always reminds me of summers at home growing up.

  • jboyles By jboyles

    Ella Fitzgerald

  • carolay By carolay

    God Bless the Child-Billy Holiday

  • pprincip By pprincip

    Lena Horne - The Lady is a Tramp !

  • sonia23 By sonia23

    not a huge fan of jazz but i would go with Billie Holiday

  • dreampeddler By dreampeddler

    Love Over the Rainbow!

  • DocLorrie By DocLorrie

    to hard to choose Billie and Lena

  • angiesangle By angiesangle

    I love and adore Ella Fitzgerald! She is amazing!


    My favorite jazz artist is David Sanborn

  • moniecarson By moniecarson

    Billy holiday is my favorite jazz artist of all time

  • Ladygem616 By Ladygem616

    Billie Holiday

  • benz1171 By benz1171

    Sarah Vaughan.

  • aubs78 By aubs78

    I love Billie Holiday's voice. I was never into the ladies of jazz until I took a music appreciation course in college. I was taught to HEAR the music and it opened a whole new world.

  • ljensen By ljensen

    Love classic jazz! Ella Fitzgerald is my fave - Summertime and the living is easy! Gets me every time!

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