Jessye Norman http://wrti.org en Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers http://wrti.org/post/opera-star-jessye-norman-picks-her-favorite-jazz-singers <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15347875/jessye-norman">Jessye Norman</a>'s commanding soprano voice makes her the quintessential operatic diva for many listeners. But she frequently draws inspirations from jazz: She ranks singers like <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14894617/billie-holiday">Billie Holiday</a>, Mabel Mercer and <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15202481/sarah-vaughan">Sarah Vaughan</a> high on her list of influences.<p>"I love singing jazz," Norman says. "I don't like the idea that classical music should be over here and jazz should be someplace else. Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:46:00 +0000 editor 6477 at http://wrti.org Opera Star Jessye Norman Picks Her Favorite Jazz Singers