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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

www.classicalsource.com
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.”
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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.
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Judy Carmichael in Her Stride

Posted on April 3, 2010 by md in Great Britain, Press

Judy Carmichael in Her Stride
Jazz Journal – April 2010
Peter Vacher meets the one-woman whirlwind who brings new meaning to the term self-starter
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JUDY CARMICHAEL AT PLYMOUTH MUSEUM

Posted on December 11, 2009 by md in Great Britain, Press

By PHILIP R. BUTTALL
Dec 11, 2009 – The Herald Plymouth, England

It’s not often that a pianist can enthral a packed audience with a programme which seems essentially the same throughout, save for some changes of pace and the odd vocal thrown in.
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JUDY CARMICHAEL – STRIDE!, CITY HALLS, GLASGOW

Posted on November 30, 2009 by md in Great Britain, Press

by ALISON KERR
30 Nov 2009 – THE HERALD

5 STARS!
A touch of New York sparkle came to Glasgow when the vivacious pianist Judy Carmichael made her Scottish debut as part of Jazz International’s winter programme.
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TOP FIVE JAZZ: GLORIOUS GERSHWIN; PORTICO QUARTET; JUDY CARMICHAEL; PORTOBELLO NU JAZZ

Posted on August 16, 2008 by md in Great Britain, Press

By Clive Davis
August 16, 2008, The Times
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JAZZ: JUDY CARMICHAEL

Posted on August 10, 2008 by md in Great Britain, Press

by ROBERT SHORE
Sunday, August 10, 2008, METRO LONDON

Not many contemporary jazz pianists can boast a nickname given to them by the great Count Basie. Judy Carmichael can, though. The Count was so impressed by the young pianist’s awesome two-fisted technique that he dubbed her ‘Stride’ in reference to her mastery of the pre-World War II solo playing style popularised by Fats Waller.
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CONCERT WAS A RARE TREAT INDEED – JUDY CARMICHAEL AND RANDY SANDKE AT NORWICH PLAYHOUSE

Posted on March 7, 2005 by md in Great Britain, Press

by David Wakefield, Norwich, England
March 7, 2005, Eastern Daily Press

To hear the art of stride piano playing practiced in this day and age is rare enough. But to see and hear a very fine woman player brings to a mind a well-known phrase involving the words ‘hen’ and ‘teeth’.
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JAZZ: JUDY CARMICHAEL TALKS TO OUR CRITIC

Posted on April 1, 2003 by md in Great Britain, Press

April 2003 – The Times (of London) – by Clive Davis

Stride Piano, ragtime’s brash young cousin, is a style usually associated with men with gnarled fingers and unlit cigars jammed in their mouth. Seventy years ago, when stride was the lingua franca of jazz, its thunderous chords ringing out at parties across Harlem, the great practitioners of the form were players as colorful as Willie “The Lion” Smith and the master showman Fats Waller.
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JUDY GETS WELL INTO HER STRIDE

Posted on March 9, 2003 by md in Great Britain, Press

March 9, 2003 – Evening Standard (London) – by Jack Massarik

Fats Waller and James P. Johnson were the masters of it, but Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Art Tatum weren’t bad either. Nowadays the youthful Jason Moran can do it for a few moments, but Judy Carmichael, bless her, does it all night.
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