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Carmen McRae
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Sex:F
Age:74
Birth Date:April 8, 1920
Astrology Sign:Aries
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Died Date:November 10, 1994
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Occupation:Jazz singer

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CARMEN MCRAE
Carmen McRae

Biography:Carmen McRae (April 8, 1920 - November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer, considered one of the most important of the 20th Century.

Life and Career Carmen McRae was born in Harlem in 1920, and studied piano as a child. As a teenager she came to the attention of Teddy Wilson and his wife, the composer Irene Kitchings Wilson. Through their influence, one of McRae’s early songs, "Dream of Life", was recorded by Wilson’s longtime collaborator Billie Holiday.

By the late 1940s she was well known among the modern jazz musicians who gathered at Minton's Playhouse, Harlem’s most famous jazz club, where she was the intermission pianist. But it was while working in Brooklyn that she came to the attention of Decca’s Milt Gabler. Her five year association with Decca yielded 12 LPs, many considered jazz vocal classics.

Her live 1987 duets with Betty Carter are highly regarded (see Duets: Live at the Great American Music Hall).

The musicians she sang with include Benny Carter, Mercer Ellington, Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., Dave Brubeck, and Louis Armstrong. As a result of her early friendship with Billie Holiday, she never performed without singing at least one song associated with Lady Day.

She was married once (and briefly), to drummer Kenny Clarke.


Chinese Horoscope for Carmen McRae
Includes characteristics and Vices
Carmen McRae's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 20, 1920 - February 07, 1921
Birthday: April 8, 1920

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Improvisation
Cunning
Stability
Leadership
Wit
Zeal
Vices:
Deceit
Ruse
Loquacity
Self-Involvement
Silliness
Opportunism


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Carmen McRae's Personality Tarot Card The Lovers - Personality Card

Birthday: April 8, 1920

A relationship or love affair with a trial or choice involved.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Carmen McRae's Growth Tarot Card The Devil

Birthday: April 8, 2010

Inhibitions, blocks and fears which, once removed, release positive energy.

 

 

 

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