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The First Ladies of Jazz

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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  • NatStellar By NatStellar
    04.12.14  

    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

  • botts59 By botts59
    04.12.14  

    Billy Holiday

  • ecollins86 By ecollins86
    04.14.14  

    Ella Fitzgerald - Summertime

  • krisw1221 By krisw1221
    04.14.14  

    Billie holiday is my fav!

  • botts59 By botts59
    04.14.14  

    Billie Holiday

  • Phoenix By Phoenix
    04.14.14  

    Nina Simone.

  • angevege By angevege
    04.14.14  

    My favorite Jazz artist is Nina Simone.

  • Momsday3 By Momsday3
    04.14.14  

    I love anything by Joe Sample, especially Carmel.

  • mistyhill By mistyhill
    04.15.14  

    billie holiday

  • everlast13 By everlast13
    04.15.14  

    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.

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