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. A voice equal to the legendary ladies of Jazz: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Dinah Washington, Carmen Lundy delivered a powerful performance on Saturday, February 4, 2017, her last night of a 5-night, 2-show nightly gig, and what a night it was!
Carmen Lundy is the ultimate
entertainer, she knows how to engage the audience, to draw them in and make
them feel a part of the music. With her wide vocal range, she can let her voice
soar or slow it down a pace and sing softly with the easy grace and style from
what legends are made. Starting her professional career at age 16 in Miami, she
has made music her life for the past 40 years, and in 2016, she was honored
with a Lifetime Achievement in Jazz by
Black Women in Jazz.
Since starting her career,
she has performed with an impressive roster of talent including her brother,
bassist Curtis Lundy, Ray Barretto, Kenny Barron, Bruce Hornsby, Terri Lyne
Carrington, Regina Carter, and many more. As an example of her talent, her
first solo album released in 1985, Good
Morning Kiss, reached the number 3 spot on Billboard's Jazz Chart and
stayed there for 23 weeks. Her subsequent releases continued to be well
received. Code Noir (release date
February 17, 2017) is her 15th solo release.
Carmen Lundy and Band performing at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
For her performance at
Birdland Jazz Club, she explained to the audience, many of whom have been
following her stellar career, that she would not be singing any of her old
material, instead she would be singing her new songs that she wrote for Code Noir as a preview before the actual
Birdland Jazz Club established in
1949, has hosted top talent since it opened, and the large framed black and
white photographs of the greats that line the gray walls, and white tablecloths
and votive candles give the club a sophisticated and polished ambience.
Carmen Lundy and Band at Birdland Jazz Club, NYC
Performing with her band,
Victor Gould on piano, Darryl Hall on upright bass and electric bass guitar,
Andrew Renfroe on guitar, and Kass Overall on drums, with vocalist Machan
Taylor adding backing vocals to a few of the songs, Carmen set the pace for the
evening that included some stellar solo segments from the band.
Whether singing or scatting
her way through the 12 songs on Code Noir,
Carmen Lundy created a special night of musical magic. Code Noir is stunning: Another
Chance, Live Out Loud, Black And Blues, Whatever It Takes, Afterglow, Second
Sight about falling in love at first and second sight, The Island, The Sea And You inspired by her first trip to Hawaii 6
months earlier that is a love letter to the islands, a song that makes you want
to pack your bags and book a trip there with your special someone. Other songs
included I Keep Falling, the soft and
lovely I Got Your Number, You Came Into
My Life, Have A Little Faith with its samba rhythm and scat, and she finished
the set with the song, Kumbaya.
Carmen Lundy and Band taking a bow
"Outstanding Evening of Music"
After receiving rousing
applause, Carmen returned to the stage for one more song, Happy New Year, which was aptly fitting and a wonderful way to end
the exciting evening. If you have the chance to attend a Carmen Lundy performance
do so, and let the magic of Carmen Lundy, Jazz vocalist, composer, arranger
into your life, and in the meantime, pick up a copy of Code Noir and give it a listen.
Keep enjoying the music!
Debra Argen, Carmen Lundy & Edward Nesta
Code Noir Release Party - Birdland Jazz Club
Birdland Jazz Club always has an impressive line-up of performances. A few of the
exciting upcoming performances include:
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin
John Pizzarelli Trio
Karen Mason Celebrates The CD
Release of Its About Time
The Birdland Big Band
Conducted by Rob Middleton & Glenn Drewes
For tickets or information on
upcoming programs and events, please visit the website, www.BirdlandJazz.com
For tickets or information,
please call Birdland: +1-212-581-3080
Club Information: There is a Music Charge of $25-$50 depending on performer and seat location.
There is a food/drink minimum per person. There are no age restrictions. They
are wheelchair accessible. Recommended attire is dressy/business casual.
Birdland Jazz Club
315 W. 44th Street
New York, New York 10036
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please visit the website: www.CarmenLundy.com
Read our review of Carmen
Lundy - Code Noir (album release
date February 17, 2017) in the Music Scene section.
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