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Judy Bady

Judy Bady, is a vocalist, (contralto), actress, writer and instructor. Judy, a native of Benton Harbor, Michigan, won three consecutive DOWN BEAT® Jazz Vocal Soloist Student Music Awards before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies from William Paterson University in 1998.

Judy has also performed and/or recorded with Gary Bartz; Andy Bey; Hamiet Bluiett; Tom Burns; George Cables; Doug Carn; Andrew Cyrille; Hubert Eaves, IV; Jon Faddis; Billy Harper; Craig Harris; Billy Hart; Jon Hendricks; John Hicks; Rodney Kendrick; Oliver Lake; Bill Lee; Barney McCall; Bobby McFerrin; Rene McLean; Misha Piatigorsky; Jay Rodriguez; Badal Roy; Hilton Ruiz; Paul Serrato; Aaron Scott; Francesca Tanksley; Piotr Wojtasik and Reggie Workman, among others. She has also performed as a leader in Moscow, Russia; Siberia, Russia; Szczecin, Poland; Katowice, Poland; and Yerevan, Armenia, (where her quartet performed at the 2006 Jazz Appreciation Month Jazz Festival presented by the Embassy of the United States in Armenia).

Judy recorded and released “Blackbird,” her debut CD as a leader, in November 2003, (which was produced by Misha Piatigorsky). “Blackbird” was reviewed by DOWN BEAT®; THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, (where it was also named as one of the top ten jazz CD’s of 2004); CADENCE; O’S JAZZ PLACE NEWSLETTER; Alternative Music Press Syndicate;;; and, (Judy was also placed on its New York’s Best New Talent list of 2004).

Judy also was lead vocalist on Misha Piatigorsky’s composition, “Low Talk.” Misha was awarded the top prize in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Composers Competition sponsored by BMI for “Low Talk,” and Misha and Judy performed the composition during the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Vocals Competition at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 2004. Judy was also featured in the international award-winning documentary, “Jazzwomen: The Female Side of Jazz,” ( In addition, Judy was included in Scott Yanow’s book on jazz singers entitled, THE JAZZ SINGERS, (the book profiles the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time, and was published by a Hal Leonard imprint in 2008).

Judy’s discography includes: “Jazz Appreciation Month 2006,” (which was released by the Embassy of the United States of America in Armenia); “Book of Unstandards,” by Chris Chalfant; “We Want to Give Thanks,” by Piotr Wojtasik; “Gospel Jazz Mass: Live at Ascension Lutheran Church” – with Hamiet Bluiett and John Hicks; “Blackbird”; “Journey,” by Francesca Tanskley; “Have Yourself a Merry…,” by the Oliver Lake Steel Quartet; “Aya,” by Misha Piatigorsky; “Ornate Whistle,” by Tom Burns; “Nexus,” by Paul Serrato, and “Great Face for Radio,” by The Kimballs.

Judy recorded a new CD on SOJ Records in Warsaw, Poland in 2009 entitled, “Blackout,” which is now available for review and purchase, ( Accompanying musicians on “Blackout” are Piotr Wojtasik, trumpet, arrangements and music production; Francesca Tanksley, piano; Wayne Dockery, bass; and Newman Taylor Baker, drums. For additional information about “Blackout,” please contact Sylwester Ostrowski, (who also executive produced the recording), via e-mail at [email protected]

You can also purchase recordings on which Judy appears and/or books in which she is mentioned from

For booking, please contact Judy directly at [email protected]