Judy Carmichael

Judy’s Contributions


12/11/14    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Frank Gehry: Jazz Inspired

Judy Carmichael's 1999 interview with the noted architect about how jazz relates to architecture


04/23/13    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Karen Allen: In Love with Improvisation

Excerpt of Judy Carmichael’s interview with actress for Carmichael’s syndicated radio show Jazz Inspired


01/20/12    Artist's Choice

Judy Carmichael on Stride Piano Favorites

Today’s top jazz performers pick 10 favorite tracks by the players, singers and styles that helped define them.


12/15/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Allen Toussaint: Jazz Inspired

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the legendary New Orleans pianist, composer, singer and producer about his life and influences


11/03/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Seeing Stars, Hearing Music

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the noted astrophysicist about the wonders of the blues, space and Miles Davis


10/20/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Ben Heppner: From Lanza to Louis

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the acclaimed opera singer about his love of the blues, Brubeck and Louis Armstrong


10/13/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Maria Schneider: Creating Beauty

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the composer, arranger and bandleader about her musical development


10/06/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Scott Hamilton: Jazz Inspired

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the saxophonist about his early years on the road with Benny Goodman and about coming to New York City in the ‘70s.


06/29/11    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Larry Goldings: The Jazz Pianist Who Plays Organ

In an excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show, Judy Carmichael speaks with the pianist and organist about his influences and about learning how to play the organ


07/28/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Renee Fleming: Jazz Inspired

Judy Carmichael talks with opera singer Renee Fleming about her love of jazz in excerpt from the Jazz Inspired radio show


07/14/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Chris Flory: Jazz Inspired

Judy Carmichael talks with guitarist Chris Flory about his early rock and blues influences in excerpt from her Jazz Inspired radio show


07/08/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Gene Bertoncini: Jazz Inspired

Judy Carmichael talks with guitarist Gene Bertoncini about how his music is affected by his study of architecture


06/29/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

John Lithgow: Jazz Inspired

Judy Carmichael talks with actor John Lithgow about making music for children.


06/17/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

Dave Frishberg: Jazz Inspired

Interview by Judy Carmichael with jazz pianist, singer and songwriter Dave Frishberg


06/10/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

George Gee: Jazz Inspired

Interview by Judy Carmichael with big band leader George Gee about how he's keeping swing music alive


06/01/10    Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired

E.L. Doctorow: Jazz Inspired

Interview by Judy Carmichael with novelist E.L. Doctorow about how jazz has influenced his life and writing

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About Judy Carmichael


Grammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael 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.

Judy's newly released CD “Come and Get It” features her singing debut on everything from Peggy Lee inspired standards, to humorous takes on Fats Waller tunes.

A native of California, Judy Carmichael moved to New York in the early 80’s and has maintained a busy concert schedule throughout the world ever since. She 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.

The musician that critics have referred to as "astounding, flawless and captivating" (The New York Times) has played in a variety of venues from Carnegie Hall, to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (the first concert ever presented by the museum) to programs with Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Steve Ross and the Smothers Brothers. In addition, Ms. Carmichael has done comic skits and performed her music on radio and TV and performed private recitals for everyone from Rod Stewart and Robert Redford to President Clinton and Gianni Agnelli.

Judy Carmichael is one of a handful of musicians who approach jazz from a perspective of its entire history. Choosing to study jazz piano from its early roots on, she explores the music deeply, infusing it with a "fresh, dynamic interpretation of her own" (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.

Judy Carmichael’s Grammy-nominated recording “Two Handed Stride” teamed her with four giants of jazz from the Count Basie Orchestra, Red Callendar, Harold Jones, Freddie Green and Marshall Royal. 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.

Ms. Carmichael is included in "Who's Who in the East", "Who's Who in Finance and Industry in America", "Who's Who in American Woman", "American Women in Jazz", "Who's Who in the World" as well as the "Encyclopedia of Jazz".

Ms. Carmichael has appeared frequently on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and has been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Entertainment Tonight and CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and recently with Charles Osgood. She is celebrating her 15th year producing and hosting her Public Radio Show Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, broadcast on over 170 stations throughout North America and abroad and on NPR NOW Channel 134 on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Judy Carmichael joined the JazzTimes community on Apr 30, 2010