Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride," acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Judy’s new release I Love Being Here With You is her first all-vocal CD boasting an all-star line-up headed by multiple Emmy and Grammy winner Mike Renzi on piano, (who served as Music Director for Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé and countless others) along with celebrated tenor saxophonist Harry Allen (who’s recorded with Tony Bennett and many others) and bassist Jay Leonhart (whose collaborations range from Judy Garland to Sting!).
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Posted on May 2, 2014 by md in
By Kara Martinez Bachman
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
As host of the NPR radio show “Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired,” pianist Judy Carmichael has probably met more jazz aficionados than she can count. In advance of an upcoming show at Mandeville’s Dew Drop Jazz Hall on Saturday (April 5), Carmichael spoke about her radio interviews with the likes of Tony Bennett, Billy Joel, Allen Toussaint and … Seth MacFarlane?
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Posted on June 20, 2013 by md in
by Tom Vallance, June 11, 2013
Judy Carmichael is a dynamic entertainer who plays infectiously rhythmic stride piano and who is also a fine jazz vocalist, doing proudly by half a dozen of the great standards she includes in her show. Accompanied by the renowned Colin Oxley and the excellent Steve Brown, she delivers a foot-tapping set of sparkling entertainment. For those unaware of what stride piano is (born in Harlem as a sequel to ragtime, its most celebrated exponent was the irrepressible ‘Fats’ Waller), Carmichael reveals that it requires the left hand to ‘stride’ the lower notes providing a rhythmically pounding bass. She indicates the comparative unfamiliarity of the phrase by relating that she was once approached by an admirer who told her, “You’re Judy Carmichael, aren’t you, the strident pianist.”