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Carrie Smith (born Carrie Louise Smith, August 25, 1941, Fort Gaines, Georgia) is an American blues and jazz singer.

Smith was a member of a church choir that performed at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. She first won notice singing with Big Tiny Little in the early 1970s, but became internationally known in 1974 when she played Bessie Smith (to whom she is of no relation) in Dick Hyman's Satchmo Remembered at Carnegie Hall. Smith then launched a solo career, performing with the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Tyree Glenn (1973), Yank Lawson (1987), Bross Townsend, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band in addition to numerous solo albums. She starred in the Broadway musical Black and Blues from 1989 to 1991. She is not well-known in the United States but has a cult following in Europe.

Source: Wikipedia (The Free Encyclopedia)

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