Jazz guitarist and activist Carline Ray died Thursday at Isabella House in New York City, according to a statement from her publicist. No cause of death was given. She was 88.
In the 1940s, Ray was a member of the pioneering all-female band, The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. Ray, who was born in New York City, joined the group with fellow Juilliard School of Music student Edna Smith after the pair graduated in 1946. Ray played guitar and sang with the band.