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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Jazz with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Transformers

Created by Foxwolf on Apr 17 2009
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, Pokejedservo, NCZ, UltimateCharm, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
The Transformers
JazzAlex Easley
Alex Easley
Transformers (1984)
JazzWally Burr
Wally Burr
The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
JazzScatman Crothers
Scatman Crothers
Transformers: The Game (2007)
JazzAndrew Kishino
Andrew Kishino
Transformers Animated (2007)
JazzPhil LaMarr
Phil LaMarr
Transformers (2007)
JazzDarius McCrary
Darius McCrary
Transformers: War For Cybertron (2010)
JazzScott Whyte
Scott Whyte
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron (2012)
JazzTroy Baker
Troy Baker
Transformers: Robots In Disguise (2015) (2015)
JazzArif S. Kinchen
Arif S. Kinchen
JazzFrank Welker
Frank Welker


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said at 11:37 PM on Fri May 12 2017
Troy is pretty good, however his focus on accent drives his voice higher I think. Unless he's pitching it up on purpose.
said at 4:53 PM on Tue Feb 21 2017
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Alex sounds really, really odd, and honestly, pretty bad. He has none of the energy or charm I associate with Jazz, and his voice and delivery are really weird, like I don't know what it is, it just really doesn't sound right.

Scatman is great in the role. He brings his signature charm he brings to every voice role he does, and he has a great amount of energy in his delivery.

I'm gonna be blunt here, Wally is kind of bad. I mean, I can't give him too much crap for it since he was just filling in for Scatman, but I feel he could've at least tried a little bit to sound like him. This just sounds like any generic autobot/decepticon on the show.

Frank is just there to me. It's not awful, and he had a very little amount to work with so it's hard for me to give a full judgement, but from what I hear he's just average. I'd say the one thing I can say is I think he made Jazz sound a little too smokerish

Andrew was pretty okay (he did have more dialogue in the game than this though). I think he got the energy down, there's just not a whole lot to say about it. It's just okay.

Phil was a very natural choice. His smooth voice compliments the character very well, and he nails the cool and carefree side of Jazz very well.

I've heard Darius in behind the scenes recordings, and he sounded really good, and he's decent in the movie. The one thing that kind of hurts the performance is the unnecessary pitching to the voice. I kind of don't get the reason why they did it, it sounds kind of goofy and uncharacteristically deep for Jazz. Though as a whole he did a decent job, just wish they didn't mess with his voice that much.

Scott sounds average for the limited material. He sounds energetic, but that's the most I can say. Again if he had more material I could judge it a little more, but as a whole he sounds meh.

Troy does a shockingly good job at emulating Scatman while being able to make the role all his own. He has his own little nuances to the role on top of adding some of Scatman's. He's just all around very entertaining to listen to, and it's a great show of range for him.

Arif is also really good. His youth and energy both work incredibly well and he has a great amount of charm and spunk to the performance. I'd honestly love to see him play Jazz more in the future, maybe in other projects.

1. Scatman Crothers
2. Troy Baker
3. Arif S. Kinchen
4. Phil Lamarr
5. Andrew Kishino
6. Darius McCrary
7. Scott Whyte
8. Frank Welker
9. Wally Burr
10. Alex Easley

I'd say for a future VA, I'd LOVE to see Wayne Brady play Jazz at some point.
said at 7:44 AM on Sat Dec 31 2016
Alex easly is easily the worst. (Ha. See what I did there?)
said at 12:17 PM on Tue Mar 15 2016
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1. Scatman Crothers
2. Troy Baker
3. Phil LaMarr
4. Scott Whyte
5. Arif S. Kinchen
6. Andrew Kishino
7. Darius McCrary
8. Frank Welker
9. Wally Burr
10. Alex Easley
said at 9:25 AM on Sun Jan 3 2016
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The Rule of Cool Autobot Jazz. The coolest cat on Cybertron. With a name like Jazz it's not hard to see why he tends to have a wicked cool voice. My favourite here is Phil LaMarr. I feel he combines all the best traits of Jazz, being cool, experienced, level-headed but also down to earth and friendly. When I first heard Phil was doing Jazz in TFA I was like, that's perfect casting and he didn't disappoint. Easily one of the best castings from the show.

My second favourite is Scatman Crothers, he laid the ground work for the kind of character Jazz ended up becoming. It's such a shame he passed away in 1986 and Jazz role began to shrink over the course of the series, had the cartoon got to do pretenders, it would have been interesting to see.

Arif S. Kinchen is friggin cool as heck as Jazz too. So far he's only appeared in one episode but I hope he makes at least one more appearance before the show ends. He has many of the traits that I love about Phil and Scatman, he just needs more time in the role.

Troy Baker is really good too. He emulates the late Scatman nicely, it's another example of if you didn't know any better you wouldn't have guessed it was him.

Scott Whyte is a lot like Troy, pretty good except he has limited material.

I can't hear much of Wally Burr's take I'm afraid and even then its just a fill in voice nothing more, nothing less.

Frank Welker sounds too much like a cross between his Megatron and Rochester from The Jack Benny show. It's OK but not ideal.

Alex Easley sounds annoying and Darius McCrary is all wrong for the role of Jazz. He sounds too deep and too gangsta for my liking.

BONUS: I really wish Michael Bay had cast Will Smith as Jazz in the movies, I mean they could have made Jazz the main Autobot who gets focus instead of Bumblebee and he would have been cool...alas. Jamie Foxx could also work really well too. For non-celebrity VA's. I think Adrian Holmes or Doron Bell Jr. could work depending on the pitch you want Jazz to have.
said at 11:24 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
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When did Hong Kong Phooey become a robot?
Shaun Ince
said at 11:41 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
@Ghosty404 Many years ago back in 1984.
said at 12:55 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
Top 3 for me are Scatman, Phil, and Arif. Those three have the most "jazzy" feel to it. Darius is more of a deep black guy voice. Scott is decent abs surprisingly Alex too. Even Wally is from what I guess was fill in material. Andrew is too light as is Frank, not sure if much can be done with that, unlike the Rodimus case for the latter.

Troy is pretty good, as it's hard to tell it's not an African-American and that Troy can pass for one in some performances but the fact it's a white guy distracts me. Honestly, it reminds me of Bumper Robinson a bit.

If this is offensive to some people I'll redo it.
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 3:00 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
@pete If you can't tell the actor's ethnicity from the voice alone, then there's really no problem because race is entirely irrelevant in voice-acting.
said at 3:34 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
@CatsTuxedo It dependfs on how you view the character here, not saying the voices are automatically bad, but it's not as "jazzy" when a white guy plays a role that's generally aimed at African Americans.

Unless you meant that last comment I made.
said at 4:35 PM on Mon Oct 19 2015
@pete Depends
said at 3:44 PM on Tue Mar 7 2017
@CatsTuxedo Race is important in understanding & respecting the character, as far as it impacts the story. & it always kind of does, to some extent at least.
said at 12:55 PM on Wed Aug 5 2015
 5 Shout Outs!
1. Scatman Crothers
2. Phil LaMarr
3. Arif S. Kinchen
4. Troy Baker
5. Andrew Kishino
6. Scott Whyte
7. Darius McCrary
8. Frank Welker
9. Wally Burr
10. Alex Easley
said at 6:02 PM on Tue Jul 7 2015
Am I the only one who feels as if I'm liking Arif a bit more than Scatman?

Don't hate me....
said at 6:27 PM on Tue Jul 7 2015
@electronic456 Nah. It's cool. ;)
said at 9:30 AM on Mon Jul 6 2015
Arif is pretty good as Jazz with his laidback personality.

I'm sticking with Darius though.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:12 AM on Thu Jul 2 2015
I'm sticking with Scatman Crothers, but Arif S. Kinchen is good.
said at 12:33 PM on Wed Jul 1 2015
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Sticking with Phil LaMarr, though Arif S. Kinchen is also pretty good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:53 AM on Wed Jul 1 2015
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Arif S. Kinchen is pretty good!
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:18 AM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@NCZ Agreed. I'd probably rank him third, right after Phil LaMarr and Scatman.

But my biggest beef with the RID character (which isn't really anything to do with the *character* itself) is that his design is just too similar to TFP Smokescreen's. If you take away the door wings and/or give him his iconic visor the whole time, then we're talkin'. :D
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:13 AM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@TylerMirage He basically is like a modern-day Scatman, isn't he? I like that Arif did his own thing and naturally ended up in the same place Scatman did instead of simply copying him.

As far as design goes I wouldn't be surprised if Prowl, Breakdown, Bluestreak, or even Smokescreen show up with the same body type. Good old Hasbro future-proofing.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:23 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@NCZ Oh, for sure. You can tell that both LaMarr and Arif weren't just trying to copy Scatman, but all of them sounded good in their own way.

And that's the thing - it's a very generic body type that, unfortunately, doesn't have much for distinguishing features. A million characters could have the same base model.

They showed a low-res render of what a RID Prowl would look like (from some mobile RID app game or something) and it was almost identical to Jazz. Exact same silhouette, just with black highlights instead of blue and the classic Prowl headcrest. I'm just like JAZZ UP THE DESIGNS, HASBRO!
said at 12:42 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@TylerMirage Kinchen is a pretty boss Jazz. Sure, he may not sound like Crothers, but his energy is pretty similar, which pleases me a lot.

Yeah, I also found the design pretty underwhelming, but that didn't distract me a lot thanks to Kinchen's awesome performance.
said at 12:45 PM on Fri Jul 3 2015
@NCZ That's an understatement. Awesome is more like it. :D
said at 12:00 AM on Thu Aug 13 2015

This picture does show him with the visor down: http://tfwiki.net/mediawiki/images2/0/03/Jazz_2015.jpg
Mark Johnson
said at 7:55 PM on Sat Mar 28 2015
1. Scatman Crothers
2. Darius McCarry
3. Troy Baker
4. Scott Whyte
5. Phil LaMarr
6. Andrew Kishino
7. Wally Burr
8. Frank Welker
9. Alex Easley
said at 10:13 AM on Thu Sep 11 2014
Darius is my favourite voice for Jazz as I like the punk coolness he gives him.

Phil is 2nd while Troy is 3rd.

Scatman gets my respect for bein Jazz's 1st voice, RIP to him.

Scott, Alex, Wally & Andrew were all average.

I'm sorry to say but I think Frank is the weakest one here in my opinion.
said at 5:36 PM on Wed Jul 2 2014
Scatman Crothers - He had a very cool and distinctive voice; he made the character, and most others tend to follow his example.

Wally Burr and Frank Welker - They're fine; considering that they're there as a one-line stand-in.

Alex Easley - *sigh*

Darius McCrary - Like Polyester Funk below me; I think it's a bit too deep and like a stereotypical black guy. I don't think it's a bad performance overall, though; he does fine, considering how the character is written.

Andrew Kishino - He's a good voice actor, but I think he's miscast here.

Phil LaMarr - Much like Scatman, he sounded cool, but he still made the character his own.

Scott Whyte - A good (if brief) impression of Scatman.

Troy Baker - Oh my god, that's TROY...?! Then again, I never particularly recognize him anyway, but this is great; he sounds very similar to the original VA.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:08 AM on Wed Jun 11 2014
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Scatman Crothers had such a distinctive voice that really brought Jazz to life.

Phil LaMarr, I really like the calm, cool voice he does for him.

Troy Baker, man that's something different from him and its really good. He channels Scatman without doing an exact impression and it sounds natural and works well.

Scott Whyte, sounds pretty similar to Troy and is also very good.

Darius McCrary, that voice is too deep and the dialogue is too stereotypical black guy. Had he gotten to use his normal voice and had better material to work with he might have been good.
said at 12:29 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
@Polyester Funk

Polyester Funk
said at 12:39 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
@Starscreamsfan That is? I didn't think it was that deep, but my recollection of him is from Family Matters and he was kinda young then so I guess his voice changed. I know I have heard him talk, but I guess I'm just not that familiar with how he sounds.
said at 12:43 PM on Fri Jun 20 2014
@Polyester Funk Yeah, his voice really matured since then. I've seen footage of McCrary recording his lines here:

said at 2:06 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
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To be completely fair, the most logical choice is Scatman Crothers, of course. I mean, like Peter Cullen with Optimus Prime, he IS the embodiment of the character. So, naturally, he has to most votes for that particular (and perfect) reason.

In terms of who follows, if I had to pick someone besides Crothers, I'd honestly have to pick Troy. He does imitate the original voice, but unlike most worthless imitations of any character, he sounds very natural and true to the role.

LaMarr, no doubt, falls RIGHT behind Troy. Don't get me wrong on not choosing him for 2nd place. I LOVE his performance, too. Also natural, true, and not just strict/straight imitation. I just like Troy's a tad bit more.

Darius.... um.... I think it's okay, but.... man, that particular imagining is such a downfall to the character in terms of updating him to modern times.

So, above all, the Scatman himself takes the win.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:41 PM on Tue Aug 27 2013
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I usually like the movie voices, but dang, Darius is just rather...bland and generic. Phil and Scatman are top two picks, with Troy in third place.
said at 5:17 PM on Sun Jul 28 2013
Add Andrew Kishino to my list. He fits Jazz for a live-action atmosphere and I love his interpretation way more than Darius'.
said at 9:12 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
Andrew Kishino sounded WAY better in the Revenge of the Fallen video game.
said at 11:52 AM on Fri Jul 5 2013
1) Scatman Crothers
2) Troy Baker
3) Phil LaMarr
said at 5:12 PM on Fri Apr 26 2013
Troy almost has a bit of a Cajun accent in his.
said at 12:52 AM on Sat Apr 20 2013
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to be honest since scotman's gone i would prefer phil to be jazz's new voice from now on

but don't get me wrong baker and whyte are good too
said at 5:24 PM on Sun Feb 24 2013
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Scatman Crothers - He makes me laugh, but in a good way.
Phil LaMarr - One of my favorites, whatever he touches turns to voice acting gold.
Darius McCrary - His performance is...unsettling. Sounds too much like a stereotypical black guy. Doesn't help he's the only Autobot to die.
Scott Whyte - Sounds like Phil, even though he's a "Whyte" guy.
Troy Baker - I didn't think he could do that voice. Not bad, my man.
said at 7:13 AM on Tue Feb 12 2013
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# 1 - Scatman Crothers.
# 2 - Phil LaMarr.
# 3 - Troy Baker.
# 4 - Scott Whyte.
# 5 - Andrew Kishino.
# 6 - Darius McCrary.
# 7 - Frank Welker.
said at 1:05 PM on Sun Dec 16 2012
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I'm going with Phul LaMarr. Scatman Crothers and Troy Baker are really good too.
said at 2:56 AM on Tue Nov 20 2012
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Mr. Baker...mad props. Mad props. Crothers, LaMarr and him are my favorites.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:15 PM on Wed Oct 31 2012
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Dang, Troy. That was pretty good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:33 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
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Troy really impressed me. I'd put him third after Phil and Scatman.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:16 PM on Wed Oct 31 2012
@NCZ Definitely agree with you, NCZ.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 8:35 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
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Damn Troy....just damn
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
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........................ Troy Baker scares the hell out of me for the right reasons.
said at 6:35 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
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Troy Baker did Jazz? Trippy. I still go with Darius McCrary.
said at 1:39 AM on Thu Sep 13 2012
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We Need John DiMaggio as Jazz.

Aww Yeah.
said at 5:16 PM on Wed Feb 13 2013
@Mr.Fennoy93 Actually, John DiMaggio can do a really good Scatman Crothers impression.
said at 12:24 AM on Sun Aug 19 2012
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Minority vote here, but I'm going with Scott Whyte. I thought he was best suited for the role.
said at 5:14 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
@TheVengeanceKnight Changed my vote to Troy Baker. He was awesome, and very different from his usual roles, too. :-)
said at 11:51 PM on Sat Jul 21 2012
Scatman Crothers. His voice is always synonymous with Jazz.
twiztid rodimus
said at 10:12 AM on Fri Jun 15 2012
Easily Scatman
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:26 PM on Sat Jun 2 2012
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I'm pretty torn on this one. On one hand, Scatman excelled at making Jazz sound cool and well, jazzy, but I really like Phil's more modern, almost beatnik-like interpretation.
said at 12:41 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012
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I'm going to go with Phil LaMarr for Jazz, though I did think that the late Scatman Crothers, Darius McCrary, Andrew Kishino, and Scott Whyte were also good.
said at 10:32 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012

Troy Baker was okay, but I do think Phil LaMarr is still better, so I'm gonna stick with him.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 11:48 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@Anicomicgeek You gotta admit it's a really good impression of Scatman
said at 11:59 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
@Music Meister

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Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 11:50 PM on Fri Apr 17 2009
as awesome as Scatman is, theres just the charm Phil LaMarr that cannot be denied :P
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Who do you think has been the best from these Jazz voice actors?
Scatman Crothers
Wally Burr
Phil LaMarr
Darius McCrary
Andrew Kishino
Alex Easley
Frank Welker
Scott Whyte
Troy Baker
Arif S. Kinchen
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