Carline Ray

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Carline Ray
Born (1925-04-21)April 21, 1925
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died July 18, 2013(2013-07-18) (aged 88)
Manhattan
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Piano, guitar
Associated acts International Sweethearts of Rhythm

Carline Ray was a jazz instrumentalist and vocalist. She was a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Life[edit]

Carline Ray was born in Manhattan on April 21, 1925. Her father was Elisha Ray, a horn player.[1]

She studied piano and composition at Juilliard and earned a Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1956. After graduation, Ray joined the International Sweethearts of Rhythm in 1946 as a rhythm guitar player and vocalist.[2] After the Sweethearts disbanded, Ray played guitar and sang for Erskine Hawkins and later performed in a trio with fellow former Sweetheart Pauline Braddy.[3] She sang back up for Patti Page and Bobby Darrin, and she performed in choruses conducted by Leonard Bernstein.[4] She recorded with Mary Lou Williams and also worked with Skitch Henderson, Marian McPartland, and Sy Oliver.[5] In 1997, Ray formed the group Jazzberry Jam with pianist Bertha Hope and percussionist Paula Hampton.

Ray married Luis Russell in 1956. Their daughter Catherine Russell is a jazz singer.

Ray died on July 18, 2013 in Manhattan.[6] She released her first album as a lead singer the year of her death.[7]

Awards[edit]

  • Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Award (2005)
  • International Women In Jazz Award (2008)[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ray, Carline." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. Ed. Colin Larkin. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 30 May. 2015.
  2. ^ Yardley, William. "Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88. New York Times. July 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ray, Carline." Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 4th ed. Ed. Colin Larkin. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 30 May. 2015.
  4. ^ Yardley, William. "Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88. New York Times. July 27, 2013.
  5. ^ Howard Rye. "Ray, Carline." The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd ed. Ed. Barry Kernfeld. Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 30 May. 2015.
  6. ^ Yardley, William. "Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88. New York Times. July 27, 2013.
  7. ^ Tamarkin, Jeff. "Carline Ray, Singer and Instrumentalist, Dies at 88" Jazztimes. July 19, 2013
  8. ^ "Awards. International Women In Jazz. Accessed May 30, 2015.

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