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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  • greaseballs80 By greaseballs80

    Ella Fitzgerald

  • mich61 By mich61

    I love it don't mean a thing. What a voice!

  • richakaul By richakaul

    Billie Holiday!!! Magical! :)

  • Henrietta By Henrietta

    I've always loved Etta James, though there are so many greats,it's hard to choose just one favorite!

  • champ76 By champ76

    I'm A Fool To Want You by Billie Holiday

  • steelermom By steelermom

    My favorite all time would have to be Billie Holiday, of the current singers Norah Jones is tops.

  • elph71 By elph71

    I don't think you ever forget the first time you hear an Ella Fitzgerald record. She is a song interpreter par excellence.

  • mrsquick06 By mrsquick06

    Such a tough call....Since we've been asked to select one, I will say Ella Fitzgerald because her version of "It Don't Mean A Thing" captured the attention of my most challenging group of my middle school students (all boys with severe emotional disabilities). After introducing the class to Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, etc., they would ask to listen to jazz as a reward -- even long after we'd moved onto another unit of study.

  • camillawilson By camillawilson

    Billie Holiday for her music and over coming racial obstacles.

  • Autumnkat By Autumnkat

    My favorite female jazz artist is Pittsburgh's Maureen Budway. She's amazing!

  • storm1 By storm1

    I really like almost anything by Nat King Cole but the Over the Rainbow is a great one!

  • mcasella By mcasella

    Bilie, Billie, Billie!

  • xandie By xandie

    Billie Holiday?hands down!

  • kfraccio By kfraccio

    Sarah Vaughn....amazing

  • raquelslaughter By raquelslaughter

    My favorite Things- John Coltrane is a fave of mine.

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