Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae

Harlem, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 10 Nov 1994 (aged 74)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea
Memorial ID 16681138 · View Source
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Musician. Born in Harlem, New York, she was an excellent pianist, songwriter and an outstanding jazz singer known as the painter of song. She began her career in the 1940s, playing piano in the New York club scene and went on to sing with the likes of Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie. She recorded over 60 albums, was nominated for 7 Best Jazz Vocal Performance - Female, Grammy Awards and received the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 1994. From the 1961 to 1989, she toured the world performing at all the Jazz Festivals. She also appeared in feature films to include "The Square Jungle" (1956), "The Subterraneans" (1960), "Hotel" (1967) and "Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling" (1986). In 1991, she was forced to retire due to illness and died of a stoke in Beverly Hills, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 17 Nov 2006
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Carmen McRae (8 Apr 1920–10 Nov 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16681138, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.