Judy Carmichael’s Australian visit

JUDY Carmichael, one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride and swing piano, is making another of her very welcome visits to Australia, this time under the auspices of the US State Department’s celebrations of International Women’s Day.

Judy’s first stop was on Saturday 23 February at Burnie, Tasmania where she ran a workshop for “an impressive group of intelligent and engaged students”, and in the evening gave a performance in the High School’s Performing Arts Centre. Someone at this school must be on the ball – the UK band The Dixie Ticklers did a similar gig there in October last year (2012).

Judy with Burnie High School students

The rest of this whirlwind tour sees Judy in Brisbane (27-28 February), Adelaide (1-3 March) and Canberra (4-5 March) at venues “to be advised”. She then has two public performances in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday, 7 & 8 March at Bennetts Lane, 25 Bennetts Lane, Melbourne. 8.30pm. $28. Book online

She will be performing with UK guitarist Sam Dunn.

Sam Dunn

“Sam Dunn is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he’s great fun on the bandstand” Judy Carmichael

As well as a busy life as a performer Judy also hosts and produces her own weekly radio show Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired which is broadcast on 170 Public Radio stations across the United States. Celebrated artists discuss their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work. They share their favorite recordings with the listener as well as insight into their life and art. We can listen to it here in Australia via SiriusXM Channel 122 Click here.

Another outstanding guitarist who in the past has joined Judy Carmichael on the world stage is American guitarist James Chirillo. Here Chirillo plays with The Judy Carmichael Trio at the “I Love Jazz” Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2009. The third arm (leg?) of the trio on that occasion was saxophonist Harry Allen.

And finally,to demonstrate how everything is connected to everything else eventually, here’s a clip of James Chirillo playing with The Earregulars at The Ear Inn, a jazz-friendly restaurant at 326 Spring Street, Soho, New York City. Bria Skonberg, fabulous trumpeter who sometimes plays with Baby Soda, a street band which I did post about a few weeks ago is part of the group. This video is by Michael Steinman, of Jazz Lives. May 2012

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