|Born||April 21, 1925|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Died||July 18, 2013 (aged 88)|
|Associated acts||International Sweethearts of Rhythm|
Carline Ray was a jazz instrumentalist and vocalist. She was a member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
She studied piano and composition at Juilliard and earned a Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1956. After graduation from Juilliard, Ray joined the International Sweethearts of Rhythm in 1946 as a rhythm guitar player and vocalist. After the Sweethearts disbanded, Ray played guitar and sang for Erskine Hawkins and later performed in a trio with fellow former Sweetheart Pauline Braddy. She sang back up for Patti Page and Bobby Darrin, and she performed in choruses conducted by Leonard Bernstein. She recorded with Mary Lou Williams and also worked with Skitch Henderson, Marian McPartland, and Sy Oliver. In 1997, Ray formed the group Jazzberry Jam with pianist Bertha Hope and percussionist Paula Hampton.
She appears in the 2011 documentary film The Girls in the Band.
- Co-recipient of the first International Women In Jazz Lifetime Achievement Award, "A Living Legend" (1996)
- Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival Award (2005)
- International Women In Jazz Award (2008)
- Rye, Howard (2006). "Ray (Russell), Carline". In Larkin, Colin (ed.). Encyclopedia of Popular Music. 6 (4th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J673500. ISBN 9780195313734. OCLC 70062973.
- Yardley, William (July 27, 2013). "Carline Ray, an Enduring Pioneer Woman of Jazz, Dies at 88". The New York Times. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
- Rye, Howard (2002). "Ray, Carline". In Kernfeld, Barry Dean (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove. doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J673500. ISBN 9781561592845. OCLC 46956628.
- Tamarkin, Jeff (July 19, 2013). "Carline Ray, Singer and Instrumentalist, Dies at 88". JazzTimes. Madavor Media. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
- "Awards". International Women in Jazz. 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2020.