Grammy nominated pianist Judy Carmichael, the musician critics have referred to as "astounding, flawless and captivating" (The New York Times) has played throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice to shows with Michael Feinstein and The Smothers Brothers. In addition, Ms. Carmichael has done comic skits and performed her music on radio and TV and performed recitals for Rod Steward, Robert Redford and Bill Clinton, among others. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the U.S. Government to tour China .
Ms. Carmichael has appeared frequently on, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, and has been featured on National Public Radio's Morning Edition, Entertainment Tonight, CBS' Sunday Morning in the U.S., Mornings With Margaret Throsby for the Australia Broadcast Corporation and the BBC's Loose Ends and Woman's Hour. Her live concert recording for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation was released in 2008 as the CD Southern Swing.
She hosts and produces her own radio show Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired in America, which airs on 200+ stations and can be downloaded free through iTunes. Guests include Robert Redford and opera star Renee Fleming. Watch for upcoming guests Clint Eastwood and Seth MacFarland.
For information on Judy Carmichael recordings and books visit www.judycarmichael. com, and on her radio show, www.jazzinspired.com.
In early 2010, people walking around Fitzroy could hear something...
Not knowing where the sound was coming from, they began searching the street corners trying to find its origin. They eventually found five musicians playing music on the front porch of a terrace along George Street. This was the humble beginnings of Bopstretch, a band dedicated to a style music that changed the face of Jazz in the 1940's Bebop.
BopStretch are ensemble formed of abundant enthusiasm. Australia's premier jazz musicians playing the repertoire that originally got them hooked on music. Including compositions by compositions by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderly.
Eamon McNelis - Winner of the 2010 National Jazz Awards, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Phil Noy - 2nd place winner of the 2009 NJA, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Ben Hauptmann - Winner of the 2010 Freedman Fellowship. 2nd place winner of the 2007 NJA, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
Mark Elton - The Hoodangers, Flap & C.W. Stoneking among many others.
Rory McDougal - Finalist at the 2004 NJA, Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. The Black Arm Band & Bamboos.