"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." The New York Times
". . .is a major figure in keyboard jazz performance." The San Francisco Examiner
"Judy is a one-woman force for good; more to the point, she's a player of extraordinary accomplishment who has made stride piano relevant again." The Times
Grammy nominated American pianist, vocalist, songwriter, Judy Carmichael, will debut some of her new compositions, along with gems from the American Songbook, in an evening of swinging piano, sultry vocals and sassy humour. Count Basie nicknamed Judy "Stride" in reference to her mastery of that early piano style popularized by Thomas "Fats" Waller and James P. Johnson.
Jazz Times, America's premier jazz periodical, comparing Judy's vocals to Peggy Lee, wrote: "Carmichael exhibits a truly remarkable ability to channel Lee's breathy invitingness and her befogged insouciance."
A favourite at Crazy Coqs, Judy Carmichael plays to sell-out crowds every visit. Her concerts in June 2015 at the City of London Festival and Ronnie Scott's were sold out weeks before the events. Judy's frequent musical partner, guitarist Colin Oxley, will join her, as well as some surprise guests.
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 radio broadcast Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired, now in its 17th year, where she talks with celebrated creative people about their love for jazz and how it inspires them, everyone from Seth MacFarlane and Chevy Chase to Robert Redford and Billy Joel.