Pianist, NPR host Judy Carmichael talks about jazz and … Seth MacFarlane?

Posted on May 2, 2014 by md in Press, United States

By Kara Martinez Bachman | 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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High on Fats… and Other Stuff: Judy Carmichael at The Crazy Coqs

Posted on June 20, 2013 by md in Great Britain, Press
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.”

Review: Judy Carmichael at Crazy Coqs

Posted on June 20, 2013 by md in Great Britain, Press

London Jazz News
by Peter Vacher, June 11, 2013

I’m tempted to say crazy name, crazy place, especially as Judy Carmichael’s first words on taking the stage were to ask us to applaud its décor. Quite rightly, as this new venue at the heart of Piccadilly Circus is visually stunning, sophisticated and intimate enough for a performer of Carmichael’s class to engage winningly with her audience. And didn’t they delight in this elegant pianist’s command of the stride piano idiom, her laid-back vocals and her cheery interplay with her accompanist, the technically brilliant guitarist Colin Oxley.

Who’s Here: Judy Carmichael, Jazz Musician

Posted on January 3, 2013 by md in Press, United States

Dan’s Hamptons
December 22, 2012 by Daniel Koontz

Sag Harbor’s Judy Carmichael plays some mean “stride” piano. Stride is a piano style that comes from an early era in jazz, ’20s jazz that people partied and danced to. It’s a joyous, rollicking sound that evokes Kansas City, Chicago and the rich musical culture of the American South. It’s the kind of music you might expect to hear in a smoky juke joint in Memphis.


Live Jazz: Judy Carmichael at Vitello’s REVIEW

Posted on March 1, 2012 by md in Press, United States

By Don Heckman
The International Review of Music

There’s a long history of great jazz artists, reaching as far back as Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller, who understood the value of communicating, connecting and – yes, here’s that awful word – entertaining an audience. It’s a history that hasn’t had much impact upon recent jazz generations.

Bureau of Arts and Culture – Judy Carmichael LIVE at Vitello’s

Posted on March 1, 2012 by md in Press, United States

Judy Carmichael LIVE at Vitellos in Southern California February 23rd 2012
Judy Carmichael is coming to Los Angeles on February 23rd 2012 at VITELLO’S

International Review of Music – Judy Carmichael Interview

Posted on March 1, 2012 by md in Press, United States

Q & A: Judy Carmichael

By Don Heckman

Judy Carmichael is a jazz rarity — a lively, contemporary pianist who has been specializing in classic jazz piano styles, especially stride piano, since the early ’80s.  Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride,” and her early career was also aided by the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Benny Carter, Freddie Green and Roy Eldridge, among others.  Performing in all parts of the world, often with the support of the U.S. Information Agency, she has a fan base reaching from China and India to Brazil, Europe and beyond. 

Pianist’s Spreading The Gospel of Jazz

Posted on December 13, 2011 by md in United States

The Sag Harbor Express
June 15, 2011 – by Annette Hinkle

Judy Carmichael is a woman on a mission. The jazz pianist travels the world bringing the distinctly American music to audiences who don’t often get to hear it. Among the places she’s been or will be this year are Brazil, Australia, Switzerland and England.

But this weekend, she’s just happy to be back home in Sag Harbor where she’ll offer a concert at the Old Whalers’ Church. Carmichael finds that playing here is like no where else in the world.

“I’m going to sing more than usual, including a bunch of new tunes. It will be all jazz standards,” says Carmichael who has an album coming out in the fall. “I’ve got my ‘A’ team – Harry Allen on sax, Chris Flory on guitar.”

Judy Carmichael: Piano chat

Posted on October 29, 2011 by md in United States

The Berkshire Eagle
September 2, 2011 – By Richard Houdek

Like many offspring of conscientious parents, Judy Carmichael took piano lessons as a child.

And, further along the way, she entertained notions of several careers, although music was the least likely.

Festival I love jazz vai transformar praças em animados salões

Posted on August 2, 2011 by md in Brazil

Seção : Música – 31/07/2011 08:26
Boogie woogie será a grande atração do evento. Stacey Kent, Bucky Pizzarelli e Axel Zwingenberger virão tocar em BH
Carol Braga – EM Cultura