When Judy Carmichael began her career as a jazz pianist, she sounded so much like Fats Waller that she was often mistaken for a large black man. But after 11 albums, several world tours and a Grammy nomination, her looks and personality have long since become synonymous with her swingin’ sound.
Grammy nominated jazz artist Judy Carmichael is known as one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride piano and swing. A protege of Count Basie and Sarah Vaughn, the New York Times has described her as “astounding, flawless and captivating”. She’s toured the world— playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice— and has performed private recitals for Rod Stewart, Robert Redford and President Clinton. Judy is also the host and producer of Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, which airs on National Public Radio as well as Sirius XM.
In this second conversation, Judy Carmichael talks about how she decided to start singing, what inspired her to create her show Jazz Inspired , how she approaches her interviews as a jazz musician and why she thinks of her show as her rebellion.
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