First things first. Grammy nominated Judy Carmichael is one of the best interpreters of stride piano and swing in the world. Period. End of discussion.
Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride,” for conquering this technically and physically demanding early jazz piano style, and critic Gary Giddons once pointed out the irony in that the last man standing in this “private, competitive domain” is a woman. And standing she is. Outstanding. Pianist. Singer. Raconteur. Judy is 100 percent proof that you can take this infectious style of music (and her equally infectious personality) anywhere —from an intimate little nightclub in midtown Manhattan, to the posh Lincoln Center on the upper west side, to a drafty castle on the Emerald Isle. What more can we say? She’s fun. She’s funny. She’s a fantastic musician. And, she’s not coming alone. Fellow jazz legends and longtime collaborators, guitarist Chris Flory and saxophonist Harry Allen, will be servin’ up juicy ballads and swinging standards with her. There’s a lot to love about this trio.
Don’t miss this incredible night out — under the tent at Highfield this summer.
Judy Carmichael is not only a versatile, exhilarating mainstream jazz pianist, she is also a student (and archivist) of pre-bop keyboard music. Carmichael certainly is among the finest interpreters of Harlem’s World War I era two-handed, vamping, striding piano style. But, it is her expanding interest in other mainstream jazz piano styles that has made her a major figure in keyboard jazz performance.
– The San Francisco Examiner
Photo credits: Kenny James (featured image)
Learn more about Judy Carmichael here.
This event made possible by the generous support of Undercover Tent