The death has been reported in the United States of jazz singer Carol Sloane who has died aged 85. According to The Washington Post citing her step daughter as source the cause of death yesterday was complications from a stroke suffered two years ago. Sloane signed to Columbia Records in the 1960s and recorded studio album Out of the Blue and live album, Live At 30th Street. Her career gathered pace and she opened in clubs for comedians including Woody Allen, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce and later toured and recorded in Japan. In the 1990s she signed with Concord Jazz and recorded a tribute to her original mentor Carmen McRae on an album entitled The Songs Carmen Sang.
Sloane's rendition of Rodgers and Hart's 'Little Girl Blue' on the album Out of The Blue certainly is a monument to an artistry that endured and attained considerable acclaim down the decades.