Barbara Carole Coppersmith, 25 January 1925, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Carroll studied piano formally and in her early 20s became well known in New York playing bop with her own trio, which at one time included Charlie Byrd. Many leading bop musicians played with the group, finding Carrolls good ears and technical virtuosity to be ideal accompaniment. Carroll played widely throughout the 50s but then left music for some time in order to raise a family. In the mid-70s she returned to play clubs and festivals. Carrolls classical training, allied as it is to an early influential liking for Nat King Coles piano playing, have helped bring a distinctive flavour to her work. She plays with deftness and a sure sense of the harmonic complexities of bop. She occasionally also sings in an engagingly diffident manner.