Carla Ruth White, 15 September 1951, Oakland, California, USA, d. 9 May 2007, New York City, New York, USA. Although born into a musical family, her father played trumpet, White began her showbusiness career as an actress. Raised in Bellport, New York, she was exposed to a wide range of music, from classics to pop, owing to her parents record collection. Her studies, in music, drama and dance, included a spell at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In keeping with the mood of many young Americans of the era, she spent many months travelling widely through Europe and North Africa. By the age of 20, and back in the USA, she had decided upon a singing career and began studies with Lennie Tristano. After Tristanos death, she studied with Warne Marsh and Don Sebesky. From the early 80s, she worked with her own small group, a bop quintet with trumpeter Manny Duran. In order to survive, White spent time working as a waitress at New...