Carmen McRae

Jazz Musician and Actress
Born Apr 8, 1922

Carmen Mercedes McRae was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, it was her behind-the-beat phrasing and her ironic interpretations of song lyrics that made her memorable. McRae drew inspiration from Billie Holiday, but established her own distinctive voice.… Read More

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1922 Birth Born on April 8, 1922.


1948 26 Years Old In 1948 she moved to Chicago with comedian George Kirby. … Read More


1954 32 Years Old She was voted best new female vocalist of 1954 by Down Beat magazine. MacRae married twice: to drummer Kenny Clarke in 1946, and to bassist Ike Isaacs in the late 1950s; both marriages ended in divorce. … Read More


1980 58 Years Old McRae sang in jazz clubs throughout the United States — and across the world — for more than fifty years. She was a popular performer at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival (1961–63, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1982), performing with Duke Ellington's orchestra at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1980, singing "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1989. … Read More


1988 66 Years Old In May–June 1988, she collaborated with Harry Connick Jr. on the song, "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone (S. Clare & S. Stept) in New York City at the RCA Studios, for Connick's debut album, "20."
1991 69 Years Old She withdrew from public performance in May 1991 after an episode of respiratory failure only hours after she completed an engagement at the Blue Note jazz club in New York.
1994 73 Years Old On November 10, 1994, McRae died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 72. … Read More
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