Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who are your favorite female jazz vocalists?

Billie Holiday

This month, SFJAZZ honors Women in Jazz, beginning Thursday by paying tribute to four of the greatest female jazz vocalists—Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Etta James & Sarah Vaughan—with Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers all weekend in Joe Henderson Lab. Of course, the four vocalists chosen represent just a few of many. What other songstresses do you think should don the list? We posed this very question on social media and got a wealth of responses. Below are a few highlights. Feel free to contribute your own in the comments section below.

And still more... Dinah Washington, Carmen McRae, Maxine Sullivan, Anita O'Day, Paula West, Annie Ross, Flora Purim... To view all the contributions, check out SFJAZZ on Facebook and Twitter. Still a few seats left for Lavay Smith's Bessie Smith tribute tomorrow night... And more to come throughout March: Japanese piano superstar Hiromi's 'The Trio Project,' as well as singer Clairdee's Jazz Express Family Matinee.

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