Judy's latest CD, Under a Painted Sky," released on the Jazzed Media label, charted at #9 in national jazz airplay, and remained on the JazzWeek chart for three months since its release in June 2011. Under a Painted Sky" marries Judy's expressive storytelling and out-of-the-box song selections with the richly harmonic arrangements of pianist Alan Pasqua. Her most personal and compelling release to date, John Gilbert of Jazzreview.com raves, This recording should be in the true Jazzophiles collectionit gets no better!"
Upcoming east coast tour dates:
Sunday, November 13th
THE BLUE NOTE
12:30pm & 2:30pm
131 W. Third Street
New York, NY
Thursday, November 17th
CHRIS' JAZZ CAFE
8pm & 10pm
1421 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA
Friday, November 18th
ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER
420 East Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA
featuring Judy Wexler, vocals | Mark Soskin, piano | Bill Moring, bass | Devin Kelly, drums
Few singers would dare dive into music associated with Johnny Mathis, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln and the 1962 film, The Music Man, on the same album; even fewer would be able to pull it off as vocalist Judy Wexler does on Under A Painted Sky." Wexler possesses a voice for the ages, and puts it to good use on a dozen delicious numbers that cover myriad moods and spotlight the stellar instrumentalists in her band." Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
There's a marvelous clarity about Judy Wexler, both in terms of her immaculate phrasing and intonation and in her ability to strip a song, any song, to its bare essence, fully capturing its spirit and soul without an ounce of pretense or affectation." Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
Judy Wexler is a natural storyteller, with a distinctive voice full of shadings. She knows how to dig into a song and find its essence. She is also one of the most focused, unpretentious, no-nonsense, bop-oriented jazz singers around" (JazzTimes), with an instinctive ability to bring out the best in each song, often taking it into unfamiliar territory." (All Music Guide)
Her 2005 debut, Easy on the Heart, made radio waves and introduced her to a wide jazz audience. Her 2008 follow-up, Dreams & Shadows, debuted at #2 on the national JazzWeek chart and confirmed her ability to find great songs and effortlessly bring them to life. Susan Stamberg of NPR Weekend Edition stated, based on the evidence of her CD, Dreams & Shadows, Judy Wexler can sing almost anything."
Judy has performed around the world, including jazz festivals in Montreal, Tel Aviv, Dubai, San Jose, and Temecula, where she opened the show for Mose Allison. She has headlined at such noted clubs as the Blue Note, Feinstein's and Kitano in New York, Jazz Alley in Seattle, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., the Cellar in Vancouver, Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles, and Nardis Jazz Club in Istanbul.