Carla White

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Carla White
Birth name Carla Ruth White
Born (1951-09-15)September 15, 1951[1]
Oakland, California, U.S.
Died May 9, 2007(2007-05-09) (aged 55)
New York City
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1985–2007
Labels Stash, Milestone, Evidence, Vartan, Jazz Cats, DIW, Bright Moon

Carla Ruth White (September 15, 1951 – May 9, 2007) was an American jazz vocalist.


White was born in Oakland, California, and was raised in New York City, where she studied jazz dance. While in high school she took up acting and singing, then studied at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 1969 to 1971. She traveled for some time, then studied under Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh. Late in the 1970s she began working with trumpeter Manny Duran, and the two together co-led a band which recorded for Stash Records. She also provided the vocals to the ending theme, "Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (composed by Rika Muranaka), for the video game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.

She was noted for her scat singing abilities.[2]

On May 9, 2007, Carla died peacefully at her home in New York after a long battle with cancer.[3]


  • Andruline (Stash, 1983)
  • Orient Express (Milestone, 1986)
  • Listen Here (Evidence, 1991 [rel. 1995])
  • Mood Swings (Milestone, 1992)
  • Live at the Vartan Jazz (Vartan, 1996)
  • In Mexico (Jazzcat, 1999)
  • The Sweetest Sounds (DIW, 2000)
  • A Voice in the Night (Bright Moon, 2006)


  1. ^ "Carla White". All About Jazz. May 11, 2007. Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "allmusic ((( Carla White > Biography )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jazz Vocalist Carla White Dies". Contactmusic. May 16, 2007. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Carla White at AllMusic