Judy Carmichael is a Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist considered one of the leading interpreters of stride and swing piano. She has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (the first concert ever presented there) to shows with Michael Feinstein and The Smothers Brothers.
Additionally, she has done comic skits and performed her music on radio and TV and performed private recitals for Robert Redford, Rod Steward, Bill Clinton, and theater producer Cameron Macintosh, among others. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States Government to tour China.
She has appeared frequently on A Prairie Home Companion, been featured on Entertainment Tonight, NPR’s Morning Edition, and CBS Sunday Morning and done film and TV for the BBC, the Australian Broadcast Corporation and Brazilian television and film. She hosts and produces Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired on NPR, now in its 20th year, talking with everyone from Seth MacFarlane and Robert Redford to Jeff Goldblum and Neil deGrasse Tyson about their love for jazz and how it inspires them.
“Judy Carmichael is a great entertainer. Her playing is masterly and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.”
“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.
“ . . . astounding, flawless, captivating.”
Judy has been described as "Peggy Lee meets Count Basie meets Paula Poundstone” by presenter Gary Hygom of Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY and this is an apt appraisal of a performance of this master musician and hilarious raconteuse.
Judy’s high-energy, swinging piano playing and sultry vocals are a joyful reminder of the greatest interpreters of the American Songbook of the 1930s and ‘40s.
From Gershwin and Cole Porter to Fats Waller and Benny Goodman, Judy brings high energy, big laughs and great fun to your meeting, your home or as a gift to a friend.