Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist and Public Radio host 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 Carmichael, piano & vocals
Harry Allen, saxophone
Chris Flory, guitar
Pat O’Leary, bass
This concert is underwritten by Gilda and Henry Block, in memory of Kenneth Kolker z”l.
(Click the names below to expand info.)
Judy Carmichael, piano & vocals
Grammy Award–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. Among her many historic achievements, she was the first jazz musician sponsored by the US to tour China, and the first artist to present a concert in the renowned Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice. Ms. Carmichael has also toured India, Portugal, Brazil and Singapore for the US State Department, and she has given private recitals for everyone from Rod Stewart and Robert Redford to President Clinton and Fiat’s Gianni Agnelli.
A frequent guest at international music and jazz festivals, Ms. Carmichael has played in a variety of venues in programs with artists like Leslie Garrett, Joel Grey, Michael Feinstein, Steve Ross and the Smothers Brothers. In addition to her piano playing, she is an acclaimed vocalist and has done comic skits, giving her an enviable reputation as raconteur. She has appeared frequently on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion and has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, “Entertainment Tonight,” CBS's “Sunday Morning” and programs on the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
Ms. Carmichael hosts and produces the popular Podcast and Public Radio Show Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, broadcast throughout North America and abroad and on NPR and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. She talks with a wide range of guests, including Tony Bennett, Renée Fleming, F. Murray Abraham, Frank Gehry and Seth MacFarlane, about their love of jazz and how it inspires them. Ms. Carmichael also produced and hosted the 15-part series for public radio, Pet Style Radio with Judy Carmichael.
Among her recordings, Ms. Carmichael’s Grammy-nominated Two Handed Stride teamed her with bassist Red Callender drummer Harold Jones, guitarist Freddie Green and saxophonist Marshall Royal. A live concert recording for the ABC was released in 2008 as the CD, Southern Swing. Her newly-released disc, I Love Being Here with You, is her first all-vocal CD, exploring her love of witty lyrics, ballads and Broadway standards. Ms. Carmichael has also written two books on stride piano and numerous articles on the subject of jazz.
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. The NEA supported Miss Carmichael's educational pursuits with a major grant to present early jazz greats on film and discuss the history and development of jazz piano with college students across the country. Her website is judycarmichael.com
Back to Top
Harry Allen, guitar
Harry Allen has performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the US, Europe and Asia. He has appeared at every 92Y Jazz in July festival since 2006 and will return for the 2014 festival’s opening concert on July 22, a salute to Hoagy Carmichael. Among the artists he has performed and/or recorded with are Rosemary Clooney, Frank Wess, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mandel, James Taylor and Sheryl Crow. His Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet won a New York Nightlife award for Jazz Combo Performance.
A Swing Bros. recording artist, Mr. Allen has more then 40 recordings to his name. Three of his CDs have won Gold Disc awards from Japan’s Swing Journal magazine. Last year he released I Walk With Music: The Hoagy Carmichael Songbobok, with pianist Rossano Sportiello and bass player Joel Forbes. Others include Conversations: The Johnny Burke Songbook with Sportiello, ‘Round Midnight with Scott Hamilton, Rhythm on the River, the Harry Allen Quartet’s Live at Feinstein’s with Rebecca Kilgore and The Harry Allen Quintet Plays Music from “The Sound of Music.” Mr. Allen’s website is harryallenjazz.com
Back to Top
Chris Flory has enjoyed a long-time association with Judy Carmichael as her guitarist, making recordings, playing across the US, and touring the world. He played his first gig at age 13, and in the early years of his career he was a member of the Scott Hamilton Quartet and performed with such legends as Benny Goodman, Hank Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Maxine Sullivan and Rosemary Clooney. He now leads his own group and is in great demand as a sideman—he can be heard on more than 50 CDs. He has recently been appearing with The Wynton Marsalis All-Stars in the onstage band for the hit Broadway show, After Midnight.
Mr. Flory has recorded six CDs of his own. His most recent, The Chris Flory Quintet Featuring Scott Hamilton, on the Arbors Records label, reunites him with Hamilton for the first time in many years. Others include For You, also for Arbors, with Mike LeDonne on organ and longtime colleague Chuck Riggs on drums; and Blues in my Heart, on Stony Plain, with the blues guitarist Duke Robillard. His website is chrisfloryjazz.com
Back to Top
Pat O’Leary, bass
Bassist Pat O’Leary has toured the US and the world with a who’s who of jazz greats. While bassist for the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, he recorded the Grammy Award-nominated CD, Sentimental Journey for Atlantic Records. He has played with Bobby Short, Eartha Kitt, James Moody, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Joe Williams, among many others, and he has appeared on television with such greats as Diana Krall, Stacey Kent, Freddie Hubbard and Abbey Lincoln. He continues to perform with vocalist, pianist and composer Bob Dorough.
Mr. O’Leary has extensively promoted jazz to the world through his work with the US State Department. He has toured West Africa with Scott Robinson and Larry Ham; Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Sri Lanka with the Bill Heid Trio; and South America with the Bob Dorough Trio. In recent years Mr. O’Leary has taken a special interest in fusing jazz, classical and ethnic folk music. His work has included the Montenegro Jazz Suite for choir, string ensemble and jazz quartet, and the Balkan Jazz Suite, which featured The Belgrade Radio and Television Orchestra, choir and jazz quartet.
Back to Top
If you have any questions, need assistance with your order or require special seating considerations, such as wheelchair accessible seating or hearing assistance, please call Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.
If you prefer, you can order your tickets and class enrollments by calling Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation, using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. You can also place your order by fax, by mail, or in person at our Box Office on Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street.
Have a group?
Groups of 10 or more receive a 15% discount. Please note that certain events may not qualify for a group rate. To make group arrangements or need further assistance, you may contact Customer Service at 212.415.5500 during our Hours of Operation.
About 92Y YourStage
92Y YourStage provides a venue for independent curators, performers, and educators to mount a professional production. Yourstage events are confirmed once they meet a threshold for ticket sales by a certain date.
YourStage events that are ON have been confirmed; PENDING events need to generate more ticket sales; If an event fails to generate enough ticket sales, the event will be CALLED OFF, and all ticket holders will be refunded.
Get to the front of the line!
Priority registration puts you at the front of the line to register for courses and events for an upcoming semester.
Eligible patrons will be able to order priority registration online.
Who is eligible for priority registration?
Individuals who have participated in 92nd Street Y programs over the past year in selected program areas, participants in certain memberships, and those who have made contributions of $500 or more to 92Y, are eligible to register for programs before they become available to the general public.
How do I know if I qualify?
Patrons that qualify for Priority Registration will receive packets in the mail explaining how to purchase online. Priority registration is normally mailed 2-3 weeks before a catalog is available. Registration information includes your Patron ID#. You can use this ID# to setup your login information online. This will allow you to register early for a course or event. Please note: if you receive a packet, you are only eligible to priority register for the programs covered in your packet.
Priority Registration Support
To find out if you are eligible for priority registration, don't have your Patron ID#, or having difficulty ordering online, please call 212.415.5500 or email.