By Gail Mitchell, Billboard
Jazz vocalist Carmen Lundy is celebrating the highest debut in her 15-album journey with Code Noir. Released in February, the set bowed at No. 9 on the Jazz Albums chart.
Now at No.
By Christopher Loudon
Carmen Lundy: Code Noir (Afrasia)
Musicians as diversely gifted as Carmen Lundy, who has excelled as a vocalist, composer, lyricist, arranger, guitarist and keyboardist for more than three decades, remain few and far between. There was Ray Charles, and there is Joni Mitchell, but very few others. And Lundy, like Mitchell, is also a superb painter, often crafting the artwork for her album covers, including the multihued self-portrait that adorns Code Noir.
by Edward F. Nesta
The latest release by Carmen Lundy - Code Noir is a melding of African influenced sounds from across genres such as Jazz, Blues, Funk, Bossa Nova, and more. Code Noir shows Carmen Lundy's mastery of writing passionate lyrics that blend seamlessly with alluring melodies.
Carmen Lundy - Code Noir was produced by Carmen Lundy and released on the indie Afrasia Production label; this marks Ms. Lundy's 15th release in her storied career.
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta, Luxury Experience
Jazz vocalist, composer, and arranger Carmen Lundy dazzled the audience at the famed Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, New York for her release party for her latest album, Code Noir.
By George Harris, Jazz Weekly
One of the most attractive aspects of Carmen Lundy’s career is that she has created her own tone, style and delivery. Here, along with her composing skills, she plays guitar and keyboards along with Patrice Rushen/p, Ben Williams/b, Kendrick Scott/dr, Jeff Parker/eg and Elisabeth Oei/voc for a dozen personal and exciting new pieces.
A new date has just been added! We'll be at Zipper Hall at The Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles, CA on January 13, 2017. We will celebrate the upcoming release of my new album CODE NOIR, due out on February 17. Joining me will be Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, Andrew Renfroe on guitar and Kendrick Scott on drums. For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/jb/2726822 Then we'll head to Tempe, AZ and Half Moon Bay, CA after LA!
Carmen Lundy is on Tour in October 2016! Starting at the Blue Note in Milan on October 25th, then on to Dublin for a special performance at the Opium Room on October 27th. The group continues to London at the famed Pizza Express Jazz Club for 2 nights - October 28 and 29, and ends in Paris, returning to Duc des Lombards for another 2 nights on October 31st and November 1st. We hope to see you at one of these great venues! See Dates for times and ticket links.
A new album is in the works with new original songs composed by Carmen Lundy. The album is set for release in February 2017. Stay tuned for more details!
The 2016 Lifetime Achievement in Jazz has been awarded to Carmen Lundy by the prestigious organization Black Women In Jazz & The Arts. The Gala Awards Ceremony will be held in Atlanta on April 10th, 2016. Other Honorees include Cicely Tyson, Freda Payne and Dr. Synthia Saint James for their outstanding body of work.
For more information about the Event and the Honorees, please go to http://www.bwijawards.com
Soul To Soul is among the Best Albums of 2015 by Downbeat Magazine! The list comes out in January 2016 and includes the best Jazz releases of 2015 which were reviewed from January 2015 - January 2016. The 4 star review can be seen in the Reviews section of the Press page.
New Book Celebrates Women in Jazz
Freedom of Expression: Interviews With Women In Jazz by Houston author and composer Chris Becker now available for purchase
Two special nights at the Kennedy Center Jazz Club on November 20 and 21! Joining onstage are Patrice Rushen, Kenny Davis, Jamison Ross, Andrew Renfroe and Warren Wolf. Don't miss this exclusive Soul To Soul engagement.
RICHMOND JAZZ FESTIVAL - August 8 and 9!
DETROIT JAZZ FESTIVAL - September 7! Spend Labor Day with us at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Showtime at 3:15 (to 4:30 pm).
DIZZY'S CLUB, NYC - September 18-20. We'll be back in NYC for a series of special shows at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center. 3 nights!
BLUE WHALE, LA - Back home to Los Angeles for one night only at the best Jazz club in LA, Blue Whale! September 26!
James Nadal has given Soul To Soul a 5 Star Review in ALL ABOUT JAZZ. See the full review here:
The November issue of JazzTimes and the upcoming January issue of Downbeat give Carmen Lundy, "Soul To Soul" rave reviews:
Read what they have to say here: http://carmenlundy.com/reviews
The 2014 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the biggest awards in the world dedicated to independent soul music. See more at: http://www.soultracks.com/2014-awards-finalists#sthash.cA70ZlAP.dpuf
One of the most criminally overlooked vocalists in jazz may just be ready to get some overdue attention. Although she was featured on the Grammy winning CD The Mosaic Project by Terri Lyne Carrington, Carmen Lundy is often left off the list of top female performers of today.
Join us on October 10th at 8:30 pm at blue whale in downtown LA - www.bluewhalemusic.com - for the SOUL TO SOUL Album Release Party! Festive cocktails and fabulous vibes! With Patrice Rushen, Kenny Davis, Jamison Ross, Carol Robbins, Andrew Renfroe, surprise guests! Doors open at 8:00.
Top Trending News Stories and glowing reviews for "Soul To Soul" are already online and soon to be published in top magazines and Jazz publications. Here are a few recently posted :
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!