1. Toshiko Akiyoshi
  2. Geri Allen
  3. Andrews Sisters
  4. Angela Andrews
  5. Lil Harden Armstrong
  6. Dorothy Ashby
  7. Pearl Bailey
  8. Beverly Barkley
  9. Karen Briggs
  10. Suzanne Brooks
  11. Ruth Brown
  12. Blanche Calloway
  13. Diane Cameron
  14. Betty Carter
  15. Joan Cartwright
  16. Kim Clarke
  17. Gloria Coleman
  18. Alice Coltrane
  19. Sasha Daltonn
  20. Dorothy Donegan
  21. Ella Fitzgerald
  22. Gloria Galante
  23. Rita Graham
  24. Jace Harnage
  25. Billie Holiday
  26. Bertha Hope
  27. Shirley Horn
  28. Lena Horne
  29. Alberta Hunter
  30. Jus' Cynthia
  31. Sandra Kaye
  32. Emme Kemp
  33. Vinnie Knight
  34. Lavelle
  35. Peggy Lee
  36. Abbey Lincoln
  37. Melba Liston
  38. Gloria Lynne
  39. Tania Maria
  40. Marian McPartland
  41. Carmen McRae
  42. Mabel Mercer
  43. M'zuri
  44. Sandy Patton
  45. Trudy Pitts
  46. Cheryl Porter
  47. Shirley Scott
  48. Nina Simone
  49. Bessie Smith
  50. Dakota Staton
  51. Carol Sudhalter
  52. Monnette Sudler
  53. Sarah Vaughn
  54. Dinah Washington
  55. Ethel Waters
  56. Mary Lou Williams



Sandra Kaye was born on November 4,  in Dallas, Texas. The only daughter of a minister, she grew up singing gospel music and was often featured in church socials as a young girl with various choirs and girl groups. 

Sandra started her professional career by winning an amateur contest at the West End Cabaret Dallas, in 1986. She established herself as the consummate artist. She attributes her success to having a good rapport with great musicians, many hours of practice, countless gigs and frequent visits to open mic nights of local night spots and other American cities.

Her first experience of big band was with the Shelley Carroll Big Band and she has been featured with the Curtis Bradshaw's First Reunion Orchestra, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, The Galen Jeter Orchestra and the Vecho Vecencio Group.

Kaye performed at The Dallas Museum of Art, The Caravan of Dreams, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, The African American Museum of Art and Culture, The Sammons Center for the Arts, The Morton Myerson Symphony Hall, The Botanical Gardens, The Women's Museum, The Texas Stadium, Eastfield College, Richland College, The University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, The South Dallas Culture Center, The Mesquite Arts Center, The Dallas Theatre Center (Kalita Humphreys), The Bob Hope Theatre @ Southern Methodist University, The Marshall Texas Civic Center and the Preservation Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 1991 and 1992, Sandra performed for the Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration in conjunction with the Forth Worth Jazz Society and in 1994, Sandra Kaye was the key performer for the launching of the Anthony Mark Hankins Design Company at the Hall of State in Fair Park Dallas, Texas. Also, in 1997, Sandra was the key performer for the Beaux Arts Ball held at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas.


Sandra has performed, internationally,  in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, China, Japan and West Africa. She was the opening act and has performed on stage with David "Fathead" Newman, Onzy Matthews, Shelley Carroll, Brad Leali, Roy Hargrove, Monty Alexander, Dr. Dwight Dickerson, Michael Carr, Dionne Warwick, Roger Boykin, Claude Johnson, Carl Patterson, Joe Johnson, Al Dupree Johnny Taylor, Marchel Ivery, James Clay, Yarbrough and Peoples, George Tallifierro, (formerly of the Marcels), The Platters, The Drifters, Tanya Tucker, Antonio Fargas and the famed comedians, George Wallace and Shucky Ducky.