Enrico Banducci's Legendary hungry i Lives Again!
Singer and broadcaster CAROLE SLOANE opened at the hungry i for BILL COSBY, GODFFREY CAMBRIDGE and RICHARD PRYOR
Born in 1937, Carol Sloane began her musical career as a society band singer. She toured for two years with the Larry Elgart Orchestra before joining up with Lambert, Hendricks & Ross as understudy for Annie Ross.
Career turning point occurred when she opened for Oscar Petersen at the Village Vanguard, and was subsequently featured as one of the New Stars at the 1961 Newport Jazz Festival, leading to a Columbia Records contract and release of her first LP Out of the Blue.
Through the 1960s Carol Sloan did more recordings as well as radio, television and club dates, appearing as a regular on Arthur Godfrey's weekly program, being seen frequently on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, and singing at celebrated nightspots like Mr. Kelly's and The Blue Angel in addition to the hungry i.
Dividing her time between North Carolina and New York, she continued performing jazz through the 1970s, and in the eighties, took over management of an elegant supper club in Chapel Hill where she booked in some of the top names in jazz (in addition to hosting a local radio program).
In the mid-1980s, Carol Sloane relocated to Boston, focusing exclusively on the performing side, both live and on record, for the Contemporary label and from 1991 with Concord Jazz, touring Japan many times and appearing at the Concord-Fujitsu Festival there.
The 1990s offered another career turn when she made her debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall, then with the New York Pops Orchestra.
The new century saw Carol Sloane return to broadcasting ,five days a week, as host of the four-hour long Jazz Matinee. She subsequently returned to touring (see http://www.carolsloane.com/html/gigs.htm
For her schedule) and recording for the High Note label who've released her latest CDs.
On top of the many career accolades and acknowledgments she's received, in 2006 Carol Sloane received the Backstage Bistro award for Outstanding Jazz Performance, still glowing from Nat Hentoff's 2004 statement, "With all the talk today about new jazz singers, none comes even close to Carol Sloane. This is what jazz is all about.