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Vocalist Carla White Dies at 56

Carla White, a vocalist who studied with Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh and performed and taught all over the globe, died on Wednesday after a long bout with cancer. She was 56.

Born in Oakland, Calif., and raised in Bellport, N.Y., White’s dream was to be an improvising jazz dancer. However, after taking an interest in singing in high school, she spent two years at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London before traveling extensively in Europe and North Africa, busking along the way and living in Volkswagen van.

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