[OutVoice] Carla White 1951 - 2007

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Fri May 11 21:09:57 EDT 2007


Carla White died peacefully at home in NYC, May 9, 2007. Ms. White devoted 
her life to artistic exploration and growth as a jazz singer. She was born in 
Oakland, CA and raised in Bellport, NY. Completing two years at London's 
prestigious Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, Ms. White returned to New York 
City, embarking upon a 30-year career for which she garnered critical praise. 

Career highlights included New York's Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 
Town Hall and the Texaco Jazz Festival; The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; 
the Ottawa International Jazz Festival; the Chattanooga Riverbend Festival; 
and the Mellon Jazz Festival in Philadelphia. 

Ms. White is survived by her mother, Mrs. Frederick Ayer of Seattle, WA, and 
three stepbrothers, James, Anthony, and Frederick Ayer and her partner Anne 
Stamper. Ms. White was predeceased by her father, brother and sister, Penny and 
Miles White. 

>From Carla's "Musings": 

"Last night I was watching a video of Joseph Campbell talking about following 
your bliss, and Bill Moyers asked him: "Do you ever have this sense when you 
are following your bliss, of being helped by hidden hands?" And Joseph 
Campbell emphatically replied, "All the time. It is miraculous. If you follow your 
bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, 
waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are 
living. You begin to meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open 
the doors to you." As I am describing some of the key events in my life and 
the people I have met along the way, I begin to recognize these "helping hands" 
that Joseph Campbell was talking about, and all the beautiful people who are 
in the field of my bliss... jazz.

So until next time, remember: Follow your bliss."

A memorial celebration will be held June 8, 2007 at
St. Peters Church
619 Lexington Avenue
( at E. 54th St.)
New York, NY
5:00pm

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following foundations:
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Jazz Foundation of America 


For more information about Carla White, please go to www.carlawhite.com 




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