Went to a bar/club in the Dallas area called Soho tonight and heard a singer named Gabe Meadows. He sang a few jazz standards, and I got to talk to him a bit. I said I was a big fan of jazz standards because I like hearing different interpretations of the same material, but almost all the vocalists I can name are women (Billie Holiday, Julie London, Keely Smith, Helen Merrill, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Horn....) Who were their male contemporaries? I can only think of Nat Cole, (early) Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Tony Bennett. Maybe Sam Cooke. I can think of a couple dozen notable female singers that fit the mold of a classic jazz singer of the 1930s to early 60s. I can think of a couple dozen more lesser-known female singers. (There was a recent thread listing a lot of them.) It's hard for me to think of ten male singers, and I'd say none of them offer what I'm really looking for. What I'm really looking for is more of what I heard from Gabe, which was a soulful and contemplative version of "I've Got you Under My Skin". Of the male jazz singers I listed, they tend to put a "pop" spin on standards and don't explore some of the darker aspects of these songs like female torch singers can. Even with songs of love lost and the like, I don't know if I could name an anguished-sounding song by the male singers I listed. I bet Sam Cooke could do it, but he didn't record many (if any) widely-recognized jazz standards that I know of. Gabe's version of "Skin" was certainly upbeat, but you could hear him explore some of the darker dimensions of that song. I know there are male singers that do that, but it's mostly R&B, soul or blues, not the kind of classic jazz I have in mind. Later Frank Sinatra does what I'm looking for, but I feel his style was uniquely his own, and I'm not a fan of anyone who adopts his style. Only Sinatra can do that credibly, imo. So is there such a thing as a male torch singer, and who would that be? Could either be from decades past or be contemporary carrying on the tradition.