Carline Ray, pioneer jazz singer R.I.P.

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Carline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singerCarline Ray, a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and singer, circa 1940s. Ms. Ray, a member of the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm in the 1940s who played bass with luminaries like Mary Lou Williams, died on July 18th in New York City at the age of 88. Ms. Ray’s father, Elisha Ray, was a 1925 graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and she graduated from the school in 1946. Ms. Ray, the mother of jazz singer Catherine Russell, released her first recording as a lead vocalist this year. Photo: James J. Kriegsmann, Sr.

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