Carmen Mcrae - age: 74

Carmen Mcrae

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Significant 20th-century jazz vocalist who performed with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Betty Carter, and other renowned musicians. She received an NAACP Image Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Honor.She was nominated for Grammy Awards seven times between 1971 and 1990.She was inspired by the career and vocal style of jazz great Billie Holiday.

BEFORE FAME

Early in her career, she worked as a jazz pianist in Chicago.

PERSONAL LIFE

She grew up in Harlem, New York as the daughter of Jamaican and Costa Rican immigrants. Her two marriages were to musicians Ike Isaacs and Kenny Clarke.

FUN FACTS

Jazz Singer Carmen Mcrae were born on Thursday, in a leap year, birthstone is Diamond, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of Monkey, it is 91 days until Carmen Mcrae next birthday.

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