- Jeffrey Holmes
(b Detroit, MI, Oct 12, 1956). American jazz singer. She grew up in Denver and attended the University of Colorado. After mentoring by clark Terry she worked in Los Angeles as a session musician from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s and with the Latin/fusion band Caldera, Sergio Mendes, and Harry Belafonte successively. She began recording as a solo artist in 1982 and signed with the resurrected Blue Note/EMI label in 1987. She won an unprecedented three consecutive Grammy awards for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for In the Moment—Live in Concert (2001), The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan (2002), and A Little Moonlight (2003). On her nearly 20 albums, her voice evokes predecessors such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McCrae but also is capable of sharing vocal hues with singers as diverse as Luther Vandross, Al Jarreau, and Sarah McLachlan. Her approach embraces R&B, African folk, pop, and world music currents delivered in a lyrical manner as well as scat-singing. As one of the most formidable and sought-after jazz vocalists of the early 21st century, she has performed at the closing ceremonies of the ...