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Artist’s Choice: Carmen Lundy Pays Tribute to “Modern Ancestors”

The singer and multi-instrumentalist gives Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, and Sarah Vaughan a listen in this playlist

Carmen Lundy (photo: Janet Van Ham)
Carmen Lundy (photo: Janet Van Ham)

When I was 28, Sarah Vaughan was in the prime of her life. I saw her in New York a half-dozen times, along with Shirley Horn, who returned in the early ’90s. Additionally, Benny Carter all through those years, not to mention Dizzy, Miles, George Coleman, Bobby Watson, and Wayne Shorter—we’re talking about a time in jazz when a lot of our icons were here putting people in the room. We’ve lost more than half of these great artists. My influences are those “modern ancestors” and a result of that time. I had the wonderful gift and honor of being in the room, privy to the sound, privy to the expression and creativity.

Listen to a Spotify playlist featuring all the songs in Carmen Lundy’s Artist’s Choice:

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Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy is a Los Angeles-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, visual artist, actor, and educator. Never signed to a major label, she has instead maintained an independent career for more than 40 years. She has also worked with a variety of musicians as a backing singer and as a bandleader. Her latest recording is Modern Ancestors.