Jazz singer Carol Sloane has recorded numerous albums as leader, beginning with 1962's "Out of the Blue," released by Columbia Records. Sloane had many hit albums with Columbia before signing with Concord Records. Born in Providence, Rhone Island, she began singing professionally at age 14. Her big break came when she was invited to join Les and Larry Elgart's orchestra. Her performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961 led to the beginning of a successful career as a club singer. She made her New York debut opening for Oscar Peterson at the Village Vanguard, as well as opening for comedians such as Woody Allen and Phyllis Diller in such places as Mr. Kelly's in Chicago and San Francisco's "hungry i." Sloan has worked with artists such as Kenny Burrell, Art Farmer, Clark Terry, and Phil Woods, among others, and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City. John Brown directs the Duke Jazz Ensemble. The Duke Djembe and Afro Cuban Ensembles are directed by Bradley Simmons.