April 30, 2015. Posted by Sheila Anderson.
We know many great singers by their first names: Ella, Sarah, Abbey and Carmen (McRae, that is).
Now we have another Carmen - Lundy, that is!
Like Abbey, this Carmen is multitalented: a composer, arranger, and actress. She is also painter, whose artwork has been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles.
Soul to Soul, Carmen's latest album and her fourteenth, features 13 songs, 11 of which she composed and arranged.
She plays guitar on all tracks, piano on “Kindred Spirits,” the electric Rhodes piano on “Don’t You Know How I Feel,” and the drums/percussion on “Sardegna” and also provides backing vocals on “Grace.”
My introduction to Carmen was twenty years ago, when I began hosting “Sunday Morning Harmony.” Her haunting rendition of Victor Lewis’s “Big Girls,” as well as "Moment to Moment" by Henry Mancini, the title track of her third album, grabbed me.
She has impeccable intonation, loves harmony that makes her very accessible, easy to listen to.
Carmen is not an imitator, but an innovator, who learned from her influences. From Ella she heard her scatting, range, diction and swing, from Billie, how to sing a lyric and emotion, telling a story and from Sarah, how she dealt with her vocal range.
We met in the late nineties, soon after she moved from New York to Los Angeles. She had come back to sing at the now defunct Sweet Basil nightclub.
The club was packed with loyal fans - one of whom I’d become.
What I love about Carmen is her toughness, single mindedness, fortitude, passion, humor and grace.
For over four decades, she has excelled at being one of the few who mostly sings and performs her own material, much of it autobiographical.
Her lauded album and DVD combo, Jazz and the New Songbook-Live at the Madrid, is another great body of work where she, with the help of incredible musicians, brilliantly presents her songs. In this we can see that Carmen is, in the words of Marian McPartland, a luminous, hauntingly dramatic and an enchanting performer.
In my opinion, Carmen Lundy is the “real deal,” deserving of wider recognition. I believe, from soul to soul, that her star will continue to shine!
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October 28, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.
Singers Kate Kelsey-Sugg & Sarah McKenzie talk with Sheila Anderson about being finalists in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Both perform on Nov. 16 at NJPAC in Newark for the 2014 Sassy Award. Enjoy!
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WBGO & 2 GATEWAY FREE CONCERT SERIES: CHRIS WASHBURNE & the SYOTOS BAND ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2014 AT 12PM
September 22, 2014. Posted by Carmen Balentine.
WBGO Jazz 88.3FM & 2 Gateway Center present Chris Washburne & the SYOTOS Band . This free concert is hosted by WBGO’s Sheila Anderson of Weekend Jazz After Hours and will be held outdoors in the Championship Plaza (also known as Prudential Plaza on Market & Mulberry Street) in downtown Newark, NJ on Wednesday, October 1 at 12pm.
This group electrified a Newark audience at our free concert in May 2014 with their musical combination of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music. Trombonist Chris Washburne’s musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Justin Timberlake, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, David Byrne, Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. His SYOTOS (See You on the Other Side) band is a NY institution featuring alumni from the bands of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto. You will not want to miss the group that has held the longest running Latin jazz gig in New York, performing weekly for 20 years straight.
Come celebrate WBGO’s 35th anniversary as a cultural institution for jazz with a performance that will be unforgettable. We are your jazz source.
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