Born: March 5, 1937
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. Carol and Ed DrewIn 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....
- Dearest Duke by Suzanne Lorge
- Something Cool by J. Robert Bragonier
- Romantic Ellington by C. Michael Bailey
- The Songs Ella & Louis Sang by Jim Santella
- The Songs Ella and Louis Sang by Robert Spencer
The Washington Post, December 25, 2007
Jazz singer Carol Sloane has been perennially underappreciated during her long, uncompromising career. She sings with a rare maturity and grace and has dozens of excellent recordings, yet she is little known outside a small circle of admirers.
Sloane has often recorded the music of Duke Ellington, including a full album in 1999 (Romantic Ellington), but her most recent effort reaches a deeper, more profound level...