The Jazz music scene has taken a big part of my life since I joined the Jazz BFA program at the City University of New York City. I was curious about studying the genre in the city and it was much more than I expected. It influenced me to develop my style in a more original and free way and for that I'm thankful. The genre had traveled across decades and we still respect and study the great masters. However, the Jazz music world has been changing and some new emerging artists have been taking the spotlight with their talent and creative vision. I've put together a list of 5 Jazz female vocalists who have been on my playlist for a while and I hope they inspire you as well
1- Esperanza Spalding
The vocalist and bassist have been an emerging artist for quite sometime. Her style is a "Soulful" jazz and her compositions are quite admirable for anyone who truly appreciates Jazz. Esperanza is one of my favorite performers of all times and ultimate "girl-crush". Her latest work was entitled "Exposure" in which she live-streamed the creation of her sold out album in only 77 hours. Very exciting!
2- Cécile McLorin Salvant
When I first heard of Cécile she was in the cover of the "Downbeat" magazine wearing quirky blue-framed glasses and I instantly loved her personal style. Her music is bold and lyrics cleverly written. No wonder she was the winner of the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010.
3- Aubrey Logan
I recently found her as I was surfing the web and loved the overall "1920s flapper style". It seems like Aubrey's original material is more Pop-Jazz oriented like Meghan Trainor's who's also very fun to listen too. I also just adore the way Aubrey can arrange a pop tune into a Jazz masterpiece as I love both genres. Definitely worth to also check her out on her Youtube channel but this Post Modern Jukebox video of her performance of "Bad Blood" by Taylor Swift got me totally obsessed.
4- Hailey Tuck
Hailey's voice will totally take you on a journey through 1920s Jazz world. However, she's got a modern edge that I find very cool. Her lyrics are very inspiring to me and I just love her "Louise Brooks" look which just enhances the experience of the songs.
5- Ellen Andrea Wang
Ellen is originally from Norway and its probably one of the most challenging vocalists I've seen recently. Her style lies somewhere between Esperanza Spalding and Bon Iver if I was to describe it. She definitely knows what she's doing and her work is definitely work checking out!
I hope you liked this short list and would love to know who would you add to it?