Album Features A Myriad Of Special Guests Including Geri Allen, Randy Brecker, Simphiwe Dana, Bennie Maupin, Carol Robbins, Patrice Rushen, Warren Wolf And More
VOCAL POINT: Carmen Lundy - America's Great Original Jazz Artist, By Tina Valin
Carmen Lundy will be conducting the first-ever Master Class by a Jazz Vocalist at USC's Thornton School of Music. Thanks to Patrice Rushen and colleagues Kathleen Grace and Sara Gazarek, the Jazz and Popular Music program will be host to an intensive master class with Lundy. Joining her as bandmates are Patrice Rushen, Reggie Hamilton and Ndugu Chancler. Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
February 14th, 2014 will see the VINYL Release of CHANGES! Thanks to Afrasia Productions, Inc, and UK based Pure Pleasure Records, Changes will have an additional home on Vinyl. We love the warmth and vibe of an LP, and we're thrilled Pure Pleasure Records has remastered the disc and will distribute this album throughout the world. For your vinyl copy of "Changes", Go to www.purepleasurerecords.com to order!
Now that 2014 is in full swing, we have some exciting concert dates to share with you. On March 13-15, I'll be at The Harlem Stage in NYC where a new Symposium and Concert celebrating the life of Mary Lou Williams will be presented. Created by Geri Allen and directed by S. Epatha Merkerson, "Conversations with Mary Lou" will be performed over 3 nights and will include a Cyber-Symposium to be held at Columbia University on March 12th. The extraordinary script is by Farah Jasmine Griffin.
Holiday Greetings! We're happy to announce that Carmen Lundy will be at The Jazz Standard in NYC December 26-29! She'll be spending four nights between Christmas and the New Year at the Standard with John Beasley on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Jamison Ross on drums. Come celebrate the holidays with us – it’s sure to be a festive, fun and lively set of evenings. What better time than Christmas in New York! www.jazzstandard.net
What better time of year to be in NYC than the Christmas Holidays! Celebrate the Winter holidays with us at the Jazz Standard in NYC, December 26 - 29. We'll toast to the New Year and get you on your way to a magical 2014. And, for those of you in the Pittsburgh area, be sure to catch the tribute to Dr.
Carmen Lundy had the honor and extreme pleasure of meeting Former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki and his wife when they attended Carmen's concert at the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. Specifically there to hear Carmen Lundy's set, Mbeki asked to meet Carmen afterwards, and she and Elisabeth Oei joined them in their private quarters and even shared a light meal!
August brings us to the legendary Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, our host on the nights of August 23rd and 24th. Summer into Fall starts off with a night at the trendy Blue Whale in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 19th to kick off a CA tour highlighted by a concert set at the iconic Monterey Jazz Festival on Friday, September 20th. A performance at the Harris Center for the Arts in Sacramento is on Sept.
SOUL BROTHER RECORDS - ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2012
JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR: CARMEN LUNDY - CHANGES
Carmen Lundy is one of the leading female jazz vocalists and on her 12th album 'Changes' she sounds better than ever, accompanied by a six piece jazz combo.
We are so sorry to report that the Blue Note in NYC has cancelled our dates, July 11-14, 2013. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will miss seeing our friends and fans this July. Be assured, we'll be rescheduling NY dates very soon, and as soon as we know the new dates, we will let you know! Stay tuned.
Christopher Loudon, longtime journalist with JazzTimes, had a chance to chat with Carmen about her recent album "CHANGES" along with many other significant musical adventures, including the long journey to her current lofty status. As Loudon states in this interview he titles Overdue Ovation, "Carmen Lundy is Freedom In Music Personified". Enjoy this informative, insightful and very personal chat with Carmen Lundy. http://carmenlundy.com/jazz-times-sept-2012
Summer gets a sizzling start with Carmen Lundy joining Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project at The Playboy Jazz Festival on June 17th. The Hollywood Bowl is the perfect Summer setting for this amazing concert event.
Then on July 4th Carmen is in Montreal for one of the world's finest Festivals - The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. It's sure to create musical fireworks! See her at Club Soda.
Performances to look out for and to travel to!
The Annual Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. welcomes Carmen and her band back to the Terrace Theatre on May 10th. A Kennedy Center favorite, Carmen will be joined by Anthony Wonsey, Kenny Davis and Jamison Ross. May 12th will present Terri Lyne Carrington's "Mosaic Project", and the evening is sure to be full of surprises!
Joining the capacity crowd at the CD Release event at Studio City-based Jazz Upstairs at Vitello's was the incomparable and inspiring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. What an honor and privilege to be in the presence of this great and courageous man. Thank you to all my fans, friends and family who showed your love and support in the soulful city of LA!
On to Jazz Alley in Seattle April 3 & 4 and The Kennedy Center in D.C. May 10th!
In addition to the NY dates at The Jazz Standard March 8-11, and the LA dates at Upstairs at Vitello's March 29 and 30, we've just added the legendary Jazz Alley in Seattle, April 3 and 4.
Then see us April 14th at the Glendale Jazz & Blues Festival, May 10 and 12 at The Kennedy Center's Women In Jazz Festival, Wash., D.C., and June 17 at The Playboy Jazz Festival at The Hollywood Bowl in LA!
Keep checking the website for more dates and information.
Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's new CD called The Mosaic Project has won Best Jazz Vocal Album on the 54th Grammy Awards! Carmen's original song “Show Me a Sign” (which is on her CD “Solamente”), is given a fresh take by Terri Lyne and gives Carmen's vocal performance a new twist. The album features some of the great ladies of Jazz in a collection of inspired originals and new arrangements. Now herself a Grammy Winner for her participation on this project, Carmen is featured on this excellent video showc
We've scheduled CD Release events celebrating the release of "Changes". On the East Coast, join us at The Jazz Standard in NYC, March 8 - 11. Reserve early at http://jazzstandard.net/red/index.html
Then, on March 29 and 30, hear us in Los Angeles at Upstairs At Vitello's http://www.vitellosjazz.com/ This is a rare Los Angeles appearance - be sure not to miss it!
Looking forward to seeing you on one coast or another!
For all those who have been looking for a copy of NIGHT AND DAY, the 1987 release of all standards featuring Kenny Kirkland, the wait is over! Afrasia Productions, Inc. is re-issuing this out-of-print, much sought-after CD. Available for the first time after many years, the album contains the original tracks with new artwork created by Carmen Lundy especially for this reissue.
Dr. Billy Taylor, a true giant in the Jazz world, passed away earlier this year. In one of many musical tributes to this remarkable man, Carmen Lundy will be joined by Geri Allen and others on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11) at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. We'll keep you posted with more details.