"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
". . . 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." London Jazz Times
Following her sold-out crowds last June at The Crazy Coqs,
Judy Carmichael returns to present her show
OLD FASHIONED LOVE, two evenings celebrating the
music of Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Benny Goodman and other masters
of the swing era.
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."
Judy is a favourite 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, 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. Judy Carmichael appears frequently on radio and TV throughout the world and keeps a busy international touring schedule.