WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
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 played to sold-out audiences at Crazy Coqs in June 2013 and returned to the same reception for the late night shows in March of this year. Guitarist Colin Oxley, with the addition of bassist Dave Green on June 12-14 and a special surprise guest June 13 &14 will join Judy. (Hint: he's been touring with Bryan Ferry!) The program 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).