Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride,” for conquering this technically and physically demanding early jazz piano style, and jazz writer, Gary Giddons, sagely observed--about Carmichael’s place in the historically male-dominated world of swing piano--“How ironic that the last man standing is a woman.”
And standing she is. Outstanding. Pianist. Singer. Raconteuse. Judy is 100% proof that you can take this infectious style of music (and her equally infectious personality) anywhere--from a posh nightclub in London, to Carnegie Hall, to a stage in front of ten thousand Brazilians, to a drafty castle in Scotland at the behest of fan, Cameron Macintosh, who insisted Judy be the main event for the annual fundraiser for the National Trust of Scotland.
What more can we say? She’s fun. She’s funny. She’s fantastic. And she sells out every year at Bay Street Theater, what she fondly calls her “home gig.”
Longtime collaborators, guitarist Chris Flory, clarinetist/saxophonist, Dan Block and bassist George DeLancey, will join Judy in this evening of juicy ballads, swinging Standards and unadulterated joy. Come along for the ride!