Musical artists similar to or like Billie Holiday

American jazz and swing music singer with a career spanning 26 years. Wikipedia

  • Duke Ellington

    American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than six decades. Based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. Wikipedia

  • Count Basie

    American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. In 1935, Basie formed his own jazz orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, and in 1936 took them to Chicago for a long engagement and their first recording. Wikipedia

  • Cab Calloway

    American jazz singer, dancer, bandleader and actor. Associated with the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York City, where he was a regular performer and became a popular vocalist of the swing era. Wikipedia

  • Benny Carter

    American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader. Pioneer on the alto saxophone. Wikipedia

  • Roy Eldridge

    American jazz trumpet player. His sophisticated use of harmony, including the use of tritone substitutions, his virtuosic solos exhibiting a departure from the dominant style of jazz trumpet innovator Louis Armstrong, and his strong impact on Dizzy Gillespie mark him as one of the most influential musicians of the swing era and a precursor of bebop. Wikipedia

  • Benny Goodman

    American jazz clarinetist and bandleader known as the "King of Swing". In the mid-1930s, Goodman led one of the most popular musical groups in the United States. Wikipedia

  • Fats Waller

    American jazz pianist, organist, composer, violinist, singer, and comedic entertainer. His innovations in the Harlem stride style laid the groundwork for modern jazz piano. Wikipedia

  • Earl Hines

    American jazz pianist and bandleader. One of the most influential figures in the development of jazz piano and, according to one source, "one of a small number of pianists whose playing shaped the history of jazz". Wikipedia

  • Sarah Vaughan

    American jazz singer. Nicknamed "Sassy" and "The Divine One", she won four Grammy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. Wikipedia

  • Fletcher Henderson

    American pianist, bandleader, arranger and composer, important in the development of big band jazz and swing music. One of the most prolific black musical arrangers and, along with Duke Ellington, is considered one of the most influential arrangers and bandleaders in jazz history. Wikipedia

  • Charlie Christian

    American swing and jazz guitarist. Important early performer on the electric guitar and a key figure in the development of bebop and cool jazz. Wikipedia

  • Teddy Wilson

    American jazz pianist. Described by critic Scott Yanow as "the definitive swing pianist", Wilson had a sophisticated, elegant style. Wikipedia

  • Lester Young

    American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. One of the most influential players on his instrument. Wikipedia

  • Woody Herman

    American jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, singer, and big band leader. Active until his death in 1987. Wikipedia

  • Lionel Hampton

    American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich, to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. Wikipedia

  • Coleman Hawkins

    American jazz tenor saxophonist. Not an acknowledged jazz horn". Wikipedia

  • Buddy Rich

    American jazz drummer and bandleader. Considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. Wikipedia

  • Harry Edison

    American jazz trumpeter and a member of the Count Basie Orchestra. As a Hollywood studio musician, whose muted trumpet can be heard backing singers, most notably Frank Sinatra. Wikipedia

  • Helen Humes

    American jazz and blues singer. Teenage blues singer, a vocalist with Count Basie's band, a saucy R&B diva, and a mature interpreter of the classic popular song. Wikipedia

  • Carmen McRae

    American jazz singer. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century and is remembered for her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretation of lyrics. Wikipedia

  • Glenn Miller

    American big-band trombonist, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. The best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1942, leading one of the best-known big bands. Wikipedia

  • Ray Bryant

    American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on December 24, 1931. Wikipedia

  • Count Basie Orchestra

    16 to 18 piece big band, one of the most prominent jazz performing groups of the swing era, founded by Count Basie in 1935 and recording regularly from 1936. Despite a brief disbandment at the beginning of the 1950s, the band survived long past the Big Band era itself and the death of Basie in 1984. Wikipedia

  • Betty Carter

    American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies. Vocalist Carmen McRae once remarked: "There's really only one jazz singer—only one: Betty Carter." Wikipedia

  • Nat King Cole

    American singer and jazz pianist. He recorded over 100 songs that became hits on the pop charts. Wikipedia

  • Frankie Laine

    American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spanned nearly 75 years, from his first concerts in 1930 with a marathon dance company to his final performance of "That's My Desire" in 2005. Often billed as "America's Number One Song Stylist", his other nicknames include "Mr. Rhythm", "Old Leather Lungs", and "Mr. Steel Tonsils". Wikipedia

  • Mahalia Jackson

    American gospel singer, widely considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. Integral to the development and spread of gospel blues in black churches throughout the U.S. During a time when racial segregation was pervasive in American society, she met considerable and unexpected success in a recording career, selling an estimated 22 million records and performing in front of integrated and secular audiences in concert halls around the world. Wikipedia

  • Charlie Shavers

    American swing era jazz trumpeter who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nat King Cole, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Dodds, Jimmie Noone, Sidney Bechet, Midge Williams, Tommy Dorsey, and Billie Holiday. Arranger and composer, and one of his compositions, "Undecided", is a jazz standard. Wikipedia

  • Joe Williams (jazz singer)

    American jazz singer. He sang with big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and with his combos. Wikipedia

  • Dodo Marmarosa

    American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger. Originating in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marmarosa became a professional musician in his mid-teens, and toured with several major big bands, including those led by Tommy Dorsey, Gene Krupa, and Artie Shaw into the mid-1940s. Wikipedia


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