Betty Carter. Sarah Vaughn-Live in Japan, Suede-sings and plays trumpet. If you like latin Latin jazz, Flora Purim-usually recorded with Airto, but also has a few releases under her name.
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Natalie Cole's "Unforgettable" is a GREAT album...every song is a winner w/good sonics. Also, I'm a big fan of Rosemary Clooney's songs recorded in her prime (that is in her older years). Concord has some good stuff of hers, and the Concord engineers, IMO, always get it right. Last, check out Shirley Horne's faster tempo songs. She can do slow (and I mean barely alive slow), but her up tempo songs swing.
The "usual suspects" among female vocalists include great names like Eva Cassidy (Live at Blues Alley), Ella Fitzgerald (love her duets with Louis Armstrong), Cassandra Wilson, Sara K, etc. Some lesser known by amazing voices with good recordings include Radka Toneff and Melody Gardot.
I also think that great piano jazz shows off a system's chops: Kenny Barron trio (Live at Bradley's, both volumes); Bill Evans; Mike Garson (Jazz Hat); Keith Jarrett; the list goes on and on.
Some further suggestions:
Betty Carter. Always underappreciated. Massively musical, a "dark" voice but lots of fast tempos. Her nickname was Betty "be-bop" Carter. She also kills, KILLS on ballads.
My favorite for upbeat Betty Carter is
LIVE WITH THE AUDIENCE. Simply brilliant throughout.
Also, for upbeat vocals with orchestra, you can't beat Ella Fitzgerald sings
The Gershwin Songbook. Or the Cole Porter songbook. Or the Irving Berlin songbook. Ella Fitzgerald's numerous live albums tend to be quite lively as well, if you prefer her with a piano trio.
If you're ready for some gorgeous downbeat jazz vocals, you must listen to Shirley Horn. A balladeer with exquisite taste and class and intimacy. Her late work with orchestra includes
HERE'S TO LIFE--breathtaking, including Miles Davis
and Horn with piano trio (she's a fine fine pianist) I LOVE YOU, PARIS
Klipshking - the album that I recommend is not a critical favorite, and is probably often overlooked. But Ella Fitzgerald's "Ella Abraça Jobim" is most excellent, and is in my top five favorite female jazz vocal albums. And you don't need to be a huge fan of Ella to enjoy this one, because it ain't all about her. For one, the sound quality is extremely good, considering its 1980 dating, and even better than a lot of current recordings. Secondly, there are several tasty guitar solos by Joe Pass on the album. Third, it is Jobim's music, and the interpretations are fresh. Fourth, the album is currently selling on Amazon for $8.25. I regularly use cuts from this CD as a reference or when I want to "stretch out" my system. Go for it.