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

Created by Foxwolf on Apr 17 2009, 69 Comments
Special thanks to OptimusSolo, Pokejedservo, NCZ, UltimateCharm, TylerMirage for additional sound clips.
The Transformers
JazzAlex Easley
Alex Easley
JazzFrank Welker
Frank Welker
Transformers (1984)
JazzWally Burr
Wally Burr
Transformers (1984)
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


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said at 11:24 AM on Tue Oct 20 2015
 1 Shout Out!
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 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 12:58 PM on Wed Jul 1 2015
1) Scatman Crothers
2) Frank Welker
3) Wally Burr
4) Arif S. Kinchen
5) Troy Baker
6) Scott Whyte
7) Andrew Kishino
8) Darius McCrary
9) Phil LaMarr
10) Alex Easley
said at 12:33 PM on Wed Jul 1 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Sticking with Phil LaMarr, though Arif S. Kinchen is also pretty good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 10:53 AM on Wed Jul 1 2015
 8 Shout Outs!
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 4:30 PM on Tue Feb 24 2015
1) Scatman Crothers
2) Frank Welker
3) Wally Burr
4) Troy Baker
5) Scott Whyte
6) Andrew Kishino
7) Darius McCrary
8) Alex Easley
9) Phil LaMarr
said at 9:19 AM on Sun Oct 5 2014
My Top 5:

1) Crothers
2) Welker
3) Burr
4) Baker
5) Whyte
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
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 4:12 AM on Fri Nov 22 2013
My top 5:

1) Crothers: He is JAZZ!!!!

2) Welker: Very nice Crothers replacement.

3) Baker: I get the feeling he got possessed by Crothers. He is quite awesome.

4) Burr: Well, at least he got the accent right and he sounds cool-headed so I respect him for that.

5) Whyte: Quite good. He really has that coolness in him.
said at 2:06 PM on Sun Sep 22 2013
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
# 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
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
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
 3 Shout Outs!
Dang, Troy. That was pretty good.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 11:33 AM on Wed Oct 31 2012
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
Damn Troy....just damn
said at 8:18 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
 7 Shout Outs!
........................ Troy Baker scares the hell out of me for the right reasons.
said at 6:35 PM on Tue Oct 30 2012
Troy Baker did Jazz? Trippy. I still go with Darius McCrary.
said at 1:39 AM on Thu Sep 13 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
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
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
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
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

said at 8:48 AM on Mon Aug 15 2011
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