New Jazz Artists: Singers to Watch in 2024

If you’re not very familiar with jazz, it’s easy to just think of the greats of the past (of course, that’s not to say they’re not still greats!). After all, the Jazz Age was in the 1920s and 30s! I mean, who could argue with names like Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. But there are so many new jazz artists to check out — artists who are reinventing favorites, shaking things up, and continuing to shape the ever-adaptable genre of jazz. 


Jazz FM’s Vocalist of the Year for 2020, Cherise brings a beautiful new voice to the jazz scene. Cherise is a London-based artist who also sings in the styles of neo-soul and R&B. Only in her mid-twenties, she has made a name for herself and is definitely one of the best jazz artists today! Wanna check her out? Listen to her song “October Sky” or “Paradise.” 

Nubiyan Twist

Another one from across the pond, Nubiyan Twist is a group that does jazz and soul with global flare. They have a funky, danceable sound that you just have to hear. Check out their song “Tittle Tattle,” where they collaborate with Cherise!

Samara Joy

Bringing jazz to new generations is Samara Joy. A TikTok superstar, she just took home the GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2023. She grew up surrounded by musical family members and studied jazz at Purchase College, State University of New York. Check out her albums Samara Joy and Linger Awhile

Nubya Garcia 

Saxophonist Nubya Garcia is a force to be reckoned with. One listen to her songs featuring her “gorgeously refined tone” (as described by Rolling Stone), and you’ll fall in love! Check out her NPR Tiny Desk performance to watch and hear some of her saxophone playing too.

John Hollenbeck

Harnessing the old-time tradition of large band jazz, John Hollenbeck’s music evokes an orchestral feeling. His large ensemble harkens back to jazz’s golden years. As a composer, you’ll find lots of innovation in Hollenbeck’s work. Check out one of John Hollenbeck’s large ensemble albums: All Can Work (2018), A Blessing (2005), and eternal interlude (2008). All three received GRAMMY nominations!

And of course, there’s yours truly! I hope you’ll check out some of my music. Learn more about me here!

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