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Judy Carmichael: Swing Time! A Celebration of the Great American Songbook
April 10 @ 8:00 pm
“Astounding…flawless…captivating.” -The New York Times
Grammy-nominated pianist, vocalist, and songwriter, Judy Carmichael – considered one of the greatest pianists in the swing tradition and one of the most sensitive vocalists – is coming back to the Delray Beach Playhouse to celebrate the music of swing piano greats with an evening of gems from the Great American Songbook, as well as her own witty compositions!
Count Basie himself nicknamed Judy “Stride” in reference to her mastery of that early piano style popularized by Thomas “Fats” Waller, Count Basie and James P. Johnson.
Of Judy’s singing, America’s premier jazz magazine, JazzTimes writes:
“Carmichael exhibits a truly remarkable ability to channel Peggy Lee’s breathy invitingness and her befogged insouciance (and) echoes the intense perspicacity of the solo albums of Annie Ross. In other words, she winningly blends two of the all-time finest, most intuitive jazz singers.” -JazzTimes
Judy Carmichael appears frequently on radio and TV throughout the world and maintains a busy international touring schedule. She is popular with both jazz and cabaret audiences with her soulful, swinging interpretations of the Great American Songbook, and equally impressive hilarious, improvisational anecdotes. Her wit and musical knowledge come together on her weekly NPR radio broadcast/podcast, Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired – now in its 18th year – where she talks with celebrated creative artists about their love for jazz and how it inspires them, everyone from Chevy Chase and Robert Redford to Tony Bennett and Billy Joel.
Judy Carmichael has played the major international concert halls and festivals from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (the first concert ever presented by the museum) to programs with Melissa Etheridge, Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Jools Holland, Steve Ross and the Smothers Brothers. In addition, Ms. Carmichael has done comic skits and performed her music on radio and TV; Jo Soares in Brazil, Entertainment Tonight in the U.S. and others, Mornings With Margaret Throsby for the Australia Broadcast Corporation and the BBC’s Loose Ends, In Tune, Up All Night, Woman’s Hour and numerous other shows. Additionally, she has performed private recitals for everyone from Rod Stewart and Robert Redford to President Clinton and Gianni Agnelli.
Judy Carmichael is included in Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry in America, Who’s Who in American Woman, American Women in Jazz, Who’s Who in the World as well as the Encyclopedia of Jazz.
Her new memoir, Swinger! A Jazz Girl’s Adventures From Hollywood To Harlem was released in December 2017.
This concert is made possible in part by a JazzRoad Touring grant.