It’s moody, it’s complicated, it’s alive. Jazz has always been one of those genres of music that you will either love, or hate. There is no in-between or so-so with jazz. There is only a deep emotion (no matter in which direction). To pay tribute to a genre that created eternal classics and gems, here’s a look at some of our favorites from the esteemed ladies of the jazz world.
1. Feeling Good – Nina Simone
The ultimate queen of the style, Ms. Simone’s style is strongly linked to her husky voice and strong command of her inflections. She beautifully creates rises and falls that will sweep away with the music, and leave you exhausted.
2. Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Norah gave the impression that she came out of absolutely nowhere, and quietly stole everyone’s heart. Her music is soft, like a warm breeze on a laid-back summer’s day. If she doesn’t make you want to take a day off and go on a picnic, what will?
3. Fever – Peggy Lee
You’ve probably heard various cover versions of this song, but there’s no argument to be had. There is absolutely nothing that can compare to the original. Peggy Lee’s voice is pure magic, and the song arrangement goes to show that even simplicity can bowl you away, if it’s done right.
4. I’d Rather Go Blind – Etta James
Strong, spirited, and to the point, Ms. James is what jazz is all about. You can hear the confidence dripping from each word, as you swing to the beat.
5. Cry Me A River – Ella Fitzgerald
Because a list about jazz is just incomplete without her. The sheer variation in her singing will throw you for a toss. Honestly, she’d be perfect even without any music accompaniment. A total gem.