Carmen McRae
American jazz musician and actress
Carmen McRae
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.
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NYTimes - over 5 years
Jazz Full reviews of recent jazz concerts: nytimes.com/jazz. John Abercrombie Organ Trio (Friday through Sunday) No stranger to Hammond B-3 organ combos, the guitarist John Abercrombie joins forces here with the organist Gary Versace and the drummer Adam Nussbaum, two veteran partners. At 8 and 10 p.m., Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st
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Jazz Listings for Aug. 26-Sept. 1 - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Loosely configured as a nod to the jazz singer Carmen McRae, the group will serve up Mr. Hébert's take on standards. At 8:30 pm, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; $10 cover,
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Reggio: A "Catonateatro" viaggio nel soul con Mario Biondi - Strill.it
Google News - over 5 years
... di Mario Biondi eccellente a creare un concerto “double face” che riflette in maniera efficace il dualismo che si porta dentro l'interprete “cresciuto nel segno di Al Jarreau e Carmen McRae da un lato e di Gino Vannelli e Frank Sinatra dall'altro"
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Alibi Picks: Classic and Classy - Weekly Alibi (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The first, at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living (505 Camino de Los Marquez, Santa Fe) tonight, pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae. The second, in Albuquerque at Nahalat Shalom (3606 Rio Grande NW) on Sunday, honors Sarah Vaughan
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Tom Garvin dies at 67; versatile jazz pianist, composer - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
Tom Garvin was a popular accompanist for vocalists Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Lou Rawls and Diane Schuur. He also wrote tunes for the Tonight Show Band. Tom Garvin was "one of our town's better jazz pianists," The Times said in 1990
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What's happening this week - Queens Courier
Google News - over 5 years
3 pm Rochdale Village Library: The Tranchinas; musical tribute to 12 of the most dynamic female jazz vocalists: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson and more; call 718-723-4440. 5 pm Astoria Library: Sakhi Arts and Empowerment
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Your Saturday Nightcap - Pajamas Media
Google News - over 5 years
Here's how Carmen McRae performed “Masquerade” in the early Seventies. That's Zoot Sims on tenor sax, and he'll make you hurt. 1. Avoid profanities or foul language unless it is contained in a necessary quote or is relevant to the comment. 4
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CALIFORNIAN: Wexler late to jazz game, but picking up steam - North County Times
Google News - over 5 years
She knew she had her favorites, with Carmen McRae and Blossom Dearie among them, but she wanted to develop a style and voice that could be immediately identified as hers. "When I'm asked, as you just did, if I am a bop or post-bop singer,
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Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard adds stage and film to his repertoire - New York Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
"I was a big Betty Carter fan; a big fan of Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald," he says. "I love all of those people, and I love the fact that the human voice is probably the most expressive instrument on the planet
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Jazz artist Cheryl Jones has found her voice at Utopia - Washington Examiner
Google News - over 5 years
Heavily influenced by her idols, Shirley Horn, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Ella Fitzgerald, Jones instinctively knows that the chaplain in her is still at work through the healing powers of song. "Folks can come in and feel catered to with the
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SebastiAn Stands Apart From Daft Punk and 'French Touch' With Hip-Hop Roots - Spinner
Google News - over 5 years
From Alan Vega, Captain Beefheart to Gang Starr, Missy Elliot, to Carmen McRae, Jaco Pastorius or Count Basie or whoever, to Prince, Donnie Hathaway, Wild Cherry. There's a lot of things. Lightning Bolt. It's a big mashup in my head with all the things
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Joined through JAZZ - Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Google News - over 5 years
“Musicians that have influenced me include Carmen McRae and Tony Moreno,” she added. The two said they were looking forward to the new venue. Second Saturdays, which takes place monthly at the Abington Community Library, was supported by local sponsors
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LA Beat: Mary Stallings With the Eric Reed Trio at the Culver Club - Jazz Police
Google News - over 5 years
A native of San Francisco strongly influenced by Carmen McRae, she is a singer that should be much more widely recognized for her talent and her gorgeous voice. The Culver Club at Double Tree Hotel, Culver City, has been hosting some of the best jazz
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Gene Bertoncini: The Jazz-Bossa-Classical Connection - JazzTimes Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
When Gene Bertoncini is reminded that some websites mistakenly refer to his seminal work with Carmen McRae—the guitarist vaguely recalls opening for the legendary singer early on—he can't stifle a laugh. “Oh, I let that be,” he says,
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Freda Payne hit gold with 1970 Top 10 tune - Vallejo Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Carmen McRae. Edie Gorme. She followed them admiringly. "All the great singers," Payne said. "And one of my role models was Lena Horne. I was told when I was very, very young that she was the biggest African American star in the world
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Jazz Vocalist Bryan Anthony Debuts for Houston's Mercator Media with "A Night ... - DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
While seeking out more Sinatra recordings, he got turned on to the jazz vocal pantheon, from Joe Williams, Tony Bennett, and Chet Baker to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae. In 1995 he enrolled at Manhattan School of Music to study
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carmen McRae
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 71
    On November 10, 1994, McRae died at her home in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 72.
    More Details Hide Details She had fallen into a semi-coma four days earlier, a month after being hospitalized for a stroke. With Harry Connick, Jr.
  • 1991
    Age 68
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 65
    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."
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 57
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She left New York for Southern California in the late 1960s, but appeared in New York regularly, usually at the Blue Note, where she performed two engagements a year through most of the 1980s.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1954
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Among her most interesting recording projects were Mad About The Man (1957) with composer Noël Coward, Boy Meets Girl (1957) with Sammy Davis, Jr., participating in Dave Brubeck's The Real Ambassadors (1961) with Louis Armstrong, a tribute album You're Lookin' at Me (A Collection of Nat King Cole Songs) (1983), cutting an album of live duets with Betty Carter, The Carmen McRae-Betty Carter Duets (1987), being accompanied by Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and closing her career with brilliant tributes to Thelonious Monk, Carmen Sings Monk (1990), and Sarah Vaughan, Sarah: Dedicated to You (1991). As a result of her early friendship with Billie Holiday, she never performed without singing at least one song associated with "Lady Day", and she recorded an album in 1983 in her honor entitled For Lady Day, which was released in 1995, with songs including "Good Morning Heartache", "Them There Eyes", "Lover Man", "God Bless the Child" and "Don't Explain". McRae also recorded with some of the world's best jazz musicians in albums such as Take Five Live (1961) with Dave Brubeck, Two for the Road (1980) with George Shearing, and Heat Wave (1982) with Cal Tjader. The latter two albums were part of a notable eight-year relationship with Concord Jazz.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 25
    In 1948 she moved to Chicago with comedian George Kirby.
    More Details Hide Details She played piano steadily for almost four years before returning to New York. Those years in Chicago, McRae told Jazz Forum, "gave me whatever it is that I have now. That's the most prominent schooling I ever had." Back in New York in the early 1950s, McRae got the record contract that launched her career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on April 8, 1922.
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