FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY, the nightclub proclaimed “Best of New York” by New York Magazine, and “an invaluable New York institution” by The New York Post, continues its 10th Anniversary season with the return of internationally-acclaimed Grammy Award nominated stride pianist, radio host and author JUDY CARMICHAEL. At Feinstein’s, Carmichael – hailed as “a major figure in keyboard jazz performance” by the San Francisco Examiner – will celebrate the release of her new CD “Come And Get It.” The show, featuring Chris Flory on guitar and Harry Allen on tenor saxophone, will be presented on Monday, August 31 at 8:30 PM at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue at 61st Street).
The CD “Come And Get It” marks Carmichael’s debut as a vocalist of uncommon nuance and intelligence. A longtime specialist in the music of Fats Waller, her show at Feinstein’s will feature several selections of his cannon including “Minor Drag” and the playfully suggestive title number as well as the rarely recorded early hit for Peggy Lee “All The Cats” – featuring recently written lyrics by singer, actress and songwriter Jessica Molaskey. The program is rounded out by timeless standards such as “Deed I Do,” “Love Is Just Around The Corner” and “You’re Driving Me Crazy” and an inspired take on the rollicking Andy Razaf jazz classic “Christopher Columbus.”
Judy Carmichael – referred to as “astounding,” “flawless” and “captivating” by The New York Times – is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride”, acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. Mentored by jazz icons such as Sarah Vaughan, Roy Eldridge and Carmen McRae, Carmichael maintains a busy concert schedule throughout the world and has toured for the United States Information Agency throughout India, Portugal, Brazil and Singapore. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States Government to tour China.
Also a respected radio host and producer, Judy’s groundbreaking public radio show “Jazz Inspired” is broadcast on over 170 stations throughout North American and abroad and on the NPR channel of Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel 134. The show – currently celebrating its 15th anniversary – presents celebrated artists from a variety of mediums discussing their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work. Guests, such as actor Robert Redford, director Christopher Guest and singer/songwriter Billy Joel, share their favorite recordings as well as insight into their life and art.
One of a handful of musicians who approach jazz from a perspective of its entire history, Carmichael explores the music deeply, infusing it with a “fresh, dynamic interpretation of her own,” according to The Washington Post. The National Endowment for the Arts rewarded Carmichael’s knowledge of jazz piano with a major grant to present early jazz greats on film and to discuss the history and development of jazz piano with college students across the country. She has written two books on stride piano and numerous articles on the subject of jazz. She has served on a variety of music panels at the National Endowment for the Arts and is one of the few jazz pianists honored as a Steinway Artist. She has been included in a number of jazz anthologies and at one point, to her utter surprise, turned up in the Simon and Schuster murder mystery Murder Times Two as “the stride pianist Judy Carmichael,” the main suspect’s favorite piano player.
FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY will present JUDY CARMICHAEL on Monday, August 31 at 8:30 PM. The shows have a $25.00 cover with $40.00 premium seats, both with a $25.00 food and beverage minimum. Jackets are suggested but not required. FEINSTEIN’S AT LOEWS REGENCY is located at 540 Park Avenue at 61st Street in New York City. For ticket reservations and club information, please call (212) 339-4095 or visit us online at feinsteinsatloewsregency.com and TicketWeb.com.
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