Carol Sloane, one of the greatest singers of classic songs, has sailed on. She suffered a stroke about two years ago and lived in a senior care center in Stoneham, Massachusetts, where she passed away on Monday. Her timbre, phrasing, and overall style was one of a kind. I’m so glad that I could see her perform in January, 2017, at the now defunct Jazz Standard in Manhattan, where she duetted with pianist Bill Charlap in a really outstanding concert. You can read my review of that particular show right here.
I first had the chance to talk to her, thanks to my dear friend James Gavin, when she was performing at the legendary Rainbow Room, high on top of the Rockefeller Center. I remember I flew in from Berlin especially for that gig and, what can I say, it was magic, even though I had to fight my jetlag. Check here for my appreciation of some of her most wonderful songs on record.
Have a smooth journey, dear Carole. Your voice will keep us going.