A few weeks ago, I had Carline Ray as our VIP guest at the SGA Pro-Shop. She is a wonderful bass player, and all around fine musician who played with the big bands of Skitch Henderson, Sy Oliver, Peter Duchin and Mercer Ellington She is also a Juilliard grad. Carline was in a band that my father introduced me to as a favorite of his—The International Sweethearts, an all-female jazz band.
She was also in a band with one of the famous music "Hamptons" that included, Slide, and Lionel — seems to be thousands of musician Hamptons. It was raining that Wednesday night — four inches in one hour — people called me to see if there would be a Pro-Shop, and would my VIP guest come. I started to laugh, I had no doubt that Carline would show up and early. That is what professional musicians do, only the cronic potentials are late and no shows.
When we have a session that is booked for 2-5, that means the downbeat is a 2. We are there at the half hour, meaning a half hour before the downbeat. And, of course, Carline was here at 5:30.
She was full of stories about how to survive in the music industry, no surprise, showing up on time, and prepared, sight reading and loving it so. Carline is 87-years-old and still working her ass off. She is my hero, she made a deep impression on the Pro-Shop writers, we went way over time, it was a grand summer night—rain or not.