Celebrates the great swing era and Peggy Lee’s centenary!
“Judy Carmichael is a great entertainer. Her playing is masterly and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.” --BBC Radio
“ . . . astounding, flawless, captivating.” --NY Times
“. . . is a major force in keyboard jazz performance.” --The San Francisco Examiner
First things first. Grammy nominee, Judy Carmichael, is one of the greatest interpreters of stride and swing piano in the world. We hate to brag (well, actually we don’t) but it’s true.
Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride,” for conquering this technically and physically demanding early jazz piano style, and jazz writer, Gary Giddins, sagely observed, “How ironic that the last man standing is a woman, as this kind of playing was long considered the private, competitive domain of people who smoked cigars and wore derbies.”
And standing she is. Outstanding. Pianist. Singer. Songwriter. Raconteuse. “Peggy Lee meets Fats Waller meets Randy Newman meets Paula Poundstone,” according to our own Executive Director, Gary Hygom.
Judy brings her trio for an evening of rompin’ stompin’ swing music—her guitarist, Chris Flory toured with Benny Goodman—and fun features of some of Peggy Lee’s compositions and songs she sang when she was Benny’s band singer, in the early days of her career.
What more can we say? Judy’s fun. She’s funny. She’s fantastic. She’s been featured on Morning Edition, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, BBC, A Prairie Home Companion, CBS Sunday Morning and this year, she celebrates the 20th anniversary of her show, Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired on NPR stations across the country and podcast everywhere but Mars, although it might be there too.
She’ll be joined by guitarist, Chris Flory and bassist, Neal Miner in this evening of juicy ballads, swinging Standards and unadulterated joy. Come along for the ride!