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Carol Sloane

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Carol Sloane was born to Claudia and Frank Morvan on March 5, 1937, in Providence, Rhode Island, the older of two daughters, but she never lived in that city. Instead, she spent her happy childhood in the small town of Smithfield, just a few short miles north of the city. Her parents worked steadily through the years of World War II in the textile mill near their home.

Carol was the lucky member of a large family of cousins, aunts and uncles who all possessed natural singing voices. Only one uncle ever received formal musical education, and he played the tenor sax. In 1951, her Uncle Joe arranged an audition for her with a society dance band led by Ed Drew, and she began singing the stock arrangements of popular hits of the day each Wednesday and Saturday night at Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet Ballroom, located in Cranston, Rhode Island.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases, Celebrating Jazz Capricorns, Farewell To Jay Clayton & More

Read "New Releases, Celebrating Jazz Capricorns, Farewell To Jay Clayton & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This broadcast includes new releases from Vanisha Gould & Chris McCarthy, Kristen Edkins, Peter Erskine plus a preview single from Lisa Markley, with birthday shoutouts to Melba Liston, Pamela Samiha Wise, Margaret Slovak, Ruth Brown, Michelle Walker, Jessica Molaskey, Douyé, Dee Daniels, Lisa Markley, Kris Davis and Ingrid Jensen, among others. At the close of the ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Lee Wiley

Read "Lee Wiley" reviewed by Carol Sloane


I was singing in the Big Room of an elegant club in New York City called The Blue Angel. One night after the show, I joined some friends in the Art Deco lounge and saw a sight I'll never forget: a woman, draped in sable, seated at one of the black leather upholstered banquettes, surrounded by ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Kay Starr

Read "Kay Starr" reviewed by Carol Sloane


It was probably on a popular television variety program such as The Ed Sullivan Show. Or it could have been the cover of a magazine I bought faithfully once a month which contained all the lyrics to the popular songs of the day. I was just fourteen years old in 1951, and Kay Starr had a ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Jimmy Rowles

Read "Jimmy Rowles" reviewed by Carol Sloane


Part 1 I had just finished my night's work at a long-since vanished jazz club in Greenwich Village called Hopper's. I was singing with The New York Jazz Quartet: Sir Roland Hanna, George Mraz, Richie Pratt, and Frank Wess. The year was 1977. Mraz said he was going to walk over to Bradley's* to listen to ...

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Article: First Time I Saw

Carmen McRae

Read "Carmen McRae" reviewed by Carol Sloane


It was in the early 1960's. I had by that time lived in New York's Greenwich Village for a couple of years, and went to hear Carmen McRae when she made an appearance at one of the holy shrines of jazz located in my neighborhood, a club with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and great Italian food. ...

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Article: Profile

Paula West and the Art of Making Art

Read "Paula West and the Art of Making Art" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


Jazz singing is like a horse race. To the casual eye, all the horses in the stall look the same. But they aren't. Some have more talent. Some are better trained. Some have better jockeys. Some are more exciting to watch. But no matter what we see or don't see, what the odds might be, or ...

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Article: Profile

Tierney Sutton: An Instrumentalist’s Singer

Read "Tierney Sutton: An Instrumentalist’s Singer" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


"Jazz demands something of you," says Tierney Sutton. The Los Angeles based singer is discussing the challenge of selling complicated, improvised music in a culture addicted to simple, pre-packaged formulas. “Being barraged in the media teaches people not to engage, not to seek great art, not to listen with their own ears, not to ...

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Article: Profile

Carol Sloane: Setting New Standards

Read "Carol Sloane: Setting New Standards" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


In her concert appearances, Carol Sloane often sings a lovely ballad called “An Older Man is Like an Elegant Wine." Listening to Ms. Sloane extol the virtues of age and experience in a voice as soft and warm as angora wool, it is hard not to conclude that the sentiments of the lyric have an even ...

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Article: Interview

Carol Sloane on Singers and Songs: A Blindfold Test

Read "Carol Sloane on Singers and Songs: A Blindfold Test" reviewed by Mathew Bahl


Tell Carol Sloane you like one of her records and you will probably get the same reaction every time. She will smile graciously, thank you sincerely and then proceed politely to explain how she could have done the song better. Given her own exacting standards, not to mention her experience as a disc jockey and as ...


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