Judy Carmichael

Pianist, Vocalist, & Composer

Judy Carmichael

Recipient Information

Location

Sag Harbor, New York

Medium

Pianist & Vocalist

Year of Award

2020

Grant or Fellowship

Jazz Road Tours Grant

Grant Amount

$14,131

Performances

About the Artist

Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist/composer, Judy Carmichael is one of the world’s leading interpreters of stride and swing piano. Count Basie nicknamed her “Stride”, acknowledging the command with which she plays this technically and physically demanding jazz piano style. 

Jazz Times says: “Judy Carmichael exhibits a truly remarkable ability to channel Peggy Lee’s breathy invitingness and her befogged insouciance. (She also) echoes the intense perspicacity of the solo albums of Annie Ross. In other words, she winningly blends two of the all-time finest, most intuitive jazz singers.”

Judy Carmichael has played the major concert halls and festivals around the world from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice (the first concert ever presented by the museum) to programs with Melissa Etheridge, Leslie Garrett, 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 (Jo Soares in Brazil, Entertainment Tonight in the U.S. and others) and performed private recitals for everyone from Rod Stewart and Robert Redford to President Clinton and Gianni Agnelli.

Ms. Carmichael has appeared frequently on A Prairie Home Companion, been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, Entertainment Tonight, CBS’ Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt and with Charles Osgood, CNN’s Business UnusualMornings With Margaret Throsby for the Australia Broadcast Corporation and the BBC’s Loose Ends, In Tune, Up All NightWoman’s Hour and numerous other shows.

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, the popular Podcast, Public Radio show, which Ms. Carmichael produces and hosts, talking with Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Seth MacFarlane and others about their love for jazz and how it inspires them.

Her memoir, Swinger! A Jazz Girl’s Adventures From Hollywood To Harlem was published in January 2018.

Judy Carmichael has served on a variety of music panels at the National Endowment for the Arts, spoken before the Presidentially appointed National Council on the Arts advocating for individual fellowship grants, and is one of the few jazz pianists honored as a Steinway Artist. She is included in The Encyclopedia of Jazz, Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists, 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.