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Toast of the Town
with Ed Sullivan, 1957, 1961
Jazz Casual, hosted by Ralph J. Gleason, 1968
Carmen performs six songs with her trio, led by Norman Simmons, and talks to Gleason.  
DVD and VHS available for purchase.
The Hollywood Palace, 1968
Playboy After Dark, 1969, 1970
Dick Cavett Show, 1970
The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, May 29, 1970; February 22, 1971;  June 22, 1971; October 30, 1986

A Circle of Children, theme song, 1977

25th NAACP Image Awards, 1993 - Honoree

Carmen and trio at Ralph Gleason's 1968 Jazz Casual tv show


The Square Jungle, 1955 (film) – Singer

The Subterraneans, 1960 - Herself
An attempt to package the Beat generation for mainstream consumption. Based on the novel by Jack Kerouac, the film was produced by the legendary Arthur Freed and starred George Peppard, Leslie Caron and Roddy McDowall. Its reception was mixed but stellar in one key respect: the progressive jazz soundtrack -- one of the all-time best -- composed and conducted by Andre Previn. The all-star cast of musicians included Gerry Mulligan (who also acted in the film), Carmen McRae, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Buddy Clark, Dave Bailey, Art Pepper, Russ Freeman, Bill Perkins, Bob Enevoldsen, and Jack Sheldon. Previn himself appeared on-screen performing with The Andre Previn Trio. Carmen sings one tune, "Coffee Time." A CD of the soundtrack is available.
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1967 (film) – Christine
Carmen, looking and sounding wonderful, plays the hotel’s pianist-snger (she has a five piece band). She appears three times: 11:30 singing a few seconds; 50:00 where she sings a whole song (most under cutaways); and 82:00 where she sings "Alone Together" (with cutaways) and interacts
briefly with the hotel manager, played by Rod Taylor.
VHS available for purchase. See

The King of Diamonds, A Diamond for Mr. Smith, date unknown (TV show)
– Carmen is the character, Maida

Roots, The Next Generations, 1979 (TV mini series) - Lila

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, 1986 (film) – Grandmother
Carmen has two scenes, one five minutes in and the other near the end, and gives a credible performance as young Jo Jo’s grandmother. (Note: Billy Eckstine also has a role.)
DVD available for purchase.


Piano Jazz
with Marian McPartland, 1985
On this Peabody-award winning NPR series, Marian and Carmen talk, play duets, and Carmen sings with Marian’s accompaniment. 60 min.
CD available for purchase.

Jazz Profiles, hosted by Nancy Wilson, 1995
Carmen is profiled on the Peabody-award winning NPR series. 60 minutes.

To read Jazz Profiles script, click here.


Live, 1986. 81 minutes of live performance in Tokyo.
DVD available for purchase.

Live in Montreal, DVD available for purchase.

Saying It With Jazz
, 1994
Carmen is featured in this one-hour documentary on the importance of lyrics in jazz singing. She performs four songs with the Clark Terry orchestra and her trio. DVD and VHS available for purchase. See

To see video clip from Saying It With Jazz, click here. (coming)

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