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For Immediate Release

September 20, 2013

Contact: Heather Hamilton, Director of Education
Telephone: (502) 451-1831 x400
Cell Phone: (309) 230-1408


LEXINGTON, Ky., Oct. 7 – Internationally-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated swing pianist, vocalist and radio host, JUDY CARMICHAEL, will continue her World-wide CD promotional tour with a live concert in the Lexington area as part of Gist Piano Center’s “Partners In Education” community outreach program. A Steinway Artist in the tradition of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington, Carmichael will bring her “fresh, dynamic interpretations” (Washington Post) to Gist Piano Center’s Steinway Recital Hall (3901 Harrodsburg Rd) in Lexington. Featuring selections from her new CDs “I Love Being Here With You” and “Come and Get It,” Carmichael’s public performance will take place on Monday, September 7th at 7pm. Admission is $25 for the general public and FREE for Partners In Education members. Tickets are available at

Harnessing the energy and excitement of “Main Street, USA,” Grammy-nominated swing pianist, Judy Carmichael’s virtuosity, clever humor, and vibrant personality win her instant fans Worldwide. The New Yorker says “Carmichael is a forceful, energetic, fireballing pianist who has no problem winning over an audience.” The San Francisco Examiner says “Judy Carmichael is a versatile, exhilarating mainstream pianist.”

“It’s rare to find an exceptional pianist who is also an exceptional entertainer,” said John Gist. “Judy reminds us that piano lessons aren’t just good discipline. They’re also great fun!”

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About Judy Carmichael
“I Love Being Here With You” is Judy’s first all-vocal CD and her first time giving the piano duties to someone else, in this case the great Mike Renzi, who played for Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and the Muppets.  He is also famous as the Music Director for Sesame Street.  “People who know my music think of me as the gal who plays upbeat, energetic, stride piano,” said Carmichael.  “A few of my close pals know I’m also a fan of juicy ballads, early musicals, cheeky lyrics and swingin’ standards.  This recording gave me a chance to connect with these other areas of my musical passions.”   

The CD "Come and Get It" marks Carmichael's debut as a vocalist of uncommon nuance and intelligence. A longtime specialist in the music of Fats Waller, her show at the Galt House will feature several selections of his cannon including "Minor Drag" and the playfully suggestive title number (“Come and Get It”) as well as the rarely recorded early hit for Peggy Lee "All The Cats" - featuring recently written lyrics by singer, actress and songwriter Jessica Molaskey. The program is rounded out by timeless standards such as "Love Is Just Around the Corner,” "You're Driving Me Crazy" and an inspired take on the rollicking Andy Razaf classic "Christopher Columbus."

A native of California, Judy Carmichael moved to New York in the early 80's and has maintained a busy concert schedule throughout the world ever since. She has toured for the United States Information Agency throughout India, Portugal, Brazil and Singapore. In 1992 Ms. Carmichael was the first jazz musician sponsored by the United States Government to tour China.

Also a respected radio host and producer, Judy's groundbreaking public radio show "Jazz Inspired" is broadcast on over 170 stations throughout North America and abroad.  “Jazz Inspired” is also broadcast on the NPR channel (Channlle 134) of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The show - currently celebrating its 15th anniversary - presents celebrated artists from a variety of mediums and engages these artists in discussions about their creative process and how their passion for jazz has inspired their work. Guests, such as actor Robert Redford, director Christopher Guest and former President Bill Clinton, share their favorite recordings as well as insight into their lives and art.

Gist Piano Center began in 1971 as a small piano repair shop on Preston Highway in Louisville. Today, Gist Piano Center is Kentucky’s only local, family-owned, full-service piano firm and the area’s only authorized Steinway & Sons representative. A full refinishing, repair, and rebuilding service center, Gist services nearly 4000 Kentuckiana pianos per year. Gist is also the exclusive piano service provider for such iconic organizations as the Kentucky Center, the University of Louisville, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Lexington Philharmonic. Gist also provides recital facilities and a full print music department to educators across Kentucky and online at Kentucky residents are invited to share their Gist stories on Gist’s Official Facebook page at

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