Carmen McRae at the Music Inn

Unreleased recording of the concert given by American singer and pianist Carmen McRae in 1984 at the Music Inn jazz club in Rome

The lineup accompanying the American singer included Pat Coll on piano, John Leftwitch on double bass, Donald Bailey on drums

Carmen McRae (1920 – 1994) was one of the most influential singers in jazz history. In the 1940s he performed as a pianist and singer in the jazz club Minton’s Playhouse, located in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, and then joined the Big Band led by saxophonist, trumpeter, and arranger Benny Carter a few years later. Joachim-Ernst Berendt and G√ľnther Huesmann, authors of The Book of Jazz, describe her as “one of the great individualists of contemporary jazz singing

Note: During the concert, at the initiative of Picchi Gallarati, wife of Music Inn founder Pepito Pignatelli, Carmen McRae invited on stage to duet with her singer Carla Marcotulli, at that time a young frequenter, along with her pianist sister Rita, of the Capitoline jazz club

The tape containing Carmen McRae’s concert at the Music Inn in Rome was shared by journalist and writer Marco Molendini. The entire material recorded on analog media was digitized and restored by the sound engineers of the Saint Louis College of Music in Rome under the supervision of Paolo Marra, curator of the Archives of Jazz in Rome

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