Grammy nominated pianist/vocalist 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 is celebrating her 15th year producing and hosting Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired, broadcast on over 170 stations throughout North America and abroad and on SiriusXM NPR NOW Channel 122. Listen to the Jazz Inspired podcast on iTunes.
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Robert Redford talks about designing his life and work at Sundance around a jazz model.
Tony Bennett talks about his long career, early inspirations, iconic sessions with Bill Evans and his recent Grammy-winning Duets II CD with an all-star cast.
Seth MacFarlane, Family Guy creator, met with Judy in Hollywood (well, not really, but close by) to talk about his new CD and his favorite jazz recordings. Stewie and Peter dropped by to add their thoughts as well. Brian brought the martinis.
Astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses his love of blues and the connection between science and music.
The comedian Chevy Chase talks about jazz and comedy and his own Bill Evans-influenced piano playing.
Musician Billy Joel discusses his studies with jazz great Lennie Tristano and how jazz influences his own music.
Tony Award winning actress Blythe Danner joins Judy on stage at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and connects with her early jazz roots. Blythe was a jazz singer in college and discusses with Judy how jazz has continued to influence her acting career.
Raiders of the Lost Arc star Karen Allen discusses growing up with jazz, her love for Fats Waller and how jazz influences her acting choices.
Stage and screen star John Lithgow talks about his love for classic jazz and his recent children’s record, which featured a wild swing band and a Betty Boop tune.
Opera star Renee Fleming talks about singing jazz in college and her jazz CD, Haunted Heart.
Banjoist Béla Fleck, discusses his work with Chick Corea and those 11 Grammies and 27 nominations!
Oscar winning actor (Best Actor, “Amadeus”) F. Murray Abraham discusses improvisation, spontaneity and jazz as great theater.
Frank Gehry explores how architecture, like jazz, is a dynamic art that absorbs the times and culture it inhabits constantly reinventing itself while retaining its historic connection.
Writer/Director/Actor ("Best in Show", "Waiting for Guffman", "This is Spinal Tap") Christopher Guest equates his movie-making process with jazz performance.
Celebrated American novelist E.L. Doctorow died July 21st at the age of 84. Doctorow was a friend of Judy’s and one of her first guests on "Jazz Inspired." We revisit her 2000 conversation with him, recorded in his home in Sag Harbor, NY.
Pianist/composer Dick Hyman has enjoyed a fascinatingly diverse musical career, recording under his own name, collaborating with others, acting as musical director for movies and television and playing concerts. Dick has an unusually astute understanding of jazz history and the stylistic elements that distinguish the piano giants who created this music. Dick shared his thoughts on these players and how they’ve influenced his own creativity with Judy in this conversation recorded in 2006.
Multi-instrumentalist/composer, Chris Brubeck is influenced by classical, rock, funk, New Orleans, swing and everything in between. The influence of his father--pianist/composer Dave Brubeck--and the lyric writing of his mother, Iola, have also inspired him and continue to inform everything he pursues in his constantly evolving musical life.
Chris discusses his long career and his latest Brubeck Brothers CD, TimeLine, a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s historic State Department tour.