" . . . is a major figure in keyboard jazz
performance." The San Francisco Examiner
" . . . astounding, flawless, captivating." The New York Times.
"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
The very popular Crazy Coqs regular is joined for this week-long headlining act by guitarist Colin Oxley, with the addition of bassist Dave Green from June 12th to 14th and a special surprise guest on June 13th and14th (hint: he's been touring with Bryan Ferry!).
The programme will feature songs from Judy's newest CD I LOVE BEING HERE WITH YOU, including compositions by Peggy Lee, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Gershwin. Judy will also debut her original compositions My Manhattan (music and lyrics) and I Can See Forever (Harry Allen music, Judy's lyrics).
Not many contemporary jazz pianists can boast a nickname given
to them by the great Count Basie, but Grammy nominee Judy
Carmichael can. When Basie heard Judy on one of her first gigs he
was so impressed, he dubbed her "Stride" in reference to her
mastery of that early piano style popularized by Thomas "Fats"
Waller and James P. Johnson.
Today, Judy Carmichael is considered one of the greatest pianists in the swing tradition and one of the most sensitive vocalists. Of Judy's singing, America's premier jazz magazine, Jazz Times 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."