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Judith Kay Live - Her Voice, Her Guitar

by Judith Kay

Singer-guitarist Judith Kay sings and plays carefully-chosen songs from the swing-era Jazz and Brazilian bossa nova repertoire - in a catchy, personal style.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I've Got the World on a String
2:40 $1.35
2. Crazy You
4:12 $1.35
3. Little Help From My Friends
3:02 $1.35
4. Satin Doll
4:31 $1.35
5. Praça Mauá
4:27 $1.35
6. Ain't No Sunshine
6:51 $1.35
7. I've Got Your Number
3:23 $1.35
8. Chega de Saudade
2:58 $1.35
9. Where or When
6:29 $1.35
10. Meu Violao
5:09 $1.35
11. Triste
3:28 $1.35
12. Sweet Surprise
8:40 $1.35
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Judith Kay is a one-of-a-kind jazz singer-guitarist, devoted to two enduring musical genres - the great American popular songs of the 30's and 40's, and the great bossa novas of Brazil, as sung in the original Portuguese.

She is a composer, lyricist and arranger - artfully melding jazz and Brazilian influences. The result is a fresh, classy, intimate blend. She directs her group, ChamberJazz Ensemble, the core of which consists of Judith Kay on guitar and vocals, Tony Miceli on vibraphone, and Madison Rast on acoustic bass.

For the last twenty years Ms. Kay has performed her captivating repertoire of Brazilian bossa nova and swing-era jazz throughout the U.S. and Europe. Temple University Jazz Radio's announcer Dr. Jack Buerkle says of Judith Kay, "... Fluent in Portuguese, [she] brings to her work an authenticity often missing in other non-Brazilians with only a casual understanding of the [Brazilian] culture." New Orleans jazz radio personality Rodger Collins has said "She's a fine singer and wonderful entertainer, and dedicated to the cause [of Brazilian music]".

Since 1986, Ms. Kay has produced five recordings on her label, "Tasty." Travels to Rio de Janeiro inspired her CD, "Sounds Like Brazil," a recording of her own Brazilian-influenced jazz compositions. Her most recent CD is the 2002 release, "Judith Kay: Her Voice, Her Guitar, Volume 2." This solo effort features a set of smooth and often sly American and Brazilian melodies set to sublime harmonies. Ms. Kay is currently at work on a sixth CD.

By the way, in December 2004 Mark Sabbatini, at allaboutjazz.com reviewed the Judith Kay's ChamberJazz recording "Not Your Usual Christmas Album". He called it a "rare gem". See this link to read the details http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=15616

Aside from performing and writing, Ms. Kay is dedicated to creating new, young audiences for jazz. In 1995/96, she developed and taught a course for the University of Delaware, called "The Brazilian Sound - Its African Roots and Influence on American Jazz." In 1997, she co-founded the Arden Jazz Gild [sic], a society devoted to the promotion and preservation of American jazz.

A former student of the late, internationally-recognized composer/arranger Manny Albam, Ms. Kay has received numerous awards and honors, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the first of its kind for composition and arranging. In addition, she has received several Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in both Composition and Jazz Performance. An active composer crossing many musical disciplines, Ms. Kay has recently completed a choral commission, with lyricist Cecilia Vore, for the Berkshire Chorale, of Reading, Pa.

Several years ago, Judith Kay's career was held up by a severe case of repetitive strain injury which left her unable to play her beloved guitar for almost five years. Physical therapy and other healing regimens gradually paved the way for a return to guitar performance in the last five years. (See Paul Ford's story on Judith Kay, "Song of the South," in the online magazine, Brazzil.)

Judith Kay continues her commitment to music and jazz education as she enters her 20th year as private teacher of guitar, voice and music theory at her home studio in Arden, Delaware.

Judith Kay's recent performance venues include:

* The Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA
* Hagley Museum, Wilmington, DE
* Mt Gretna Playhouse, Mt Gretna, PA
* Mid-Atlantic Chamber Music Society
* Smithbridge Winery, Chadds Ford, PA
* Commerce Square, Philadelphia, PA
* Berks Jazz Festival Kickoff Event / Jazz Vespers at First Baptist Church, Reading, PA
* Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA
* Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen, Germany
* Artscape - Baltimore's Festival of the Arts
* The Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ
* IDB Bank, Washington, DC
* Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC
* Performing Artist Series, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, DE



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Lew Winarsky

Judith Kay Is Talented and Interesting
Judth Kay displays again an unusual ability to sing legato against intricate guitar rhythms. I enjoyed the
juxtaposition of the American swing era jazz against Brazilian bossa nova; this was particularly good. It was also great to hear Blossom Dearie's gem "Sweet Surprise " played with guitar accompaniment for the first time.

There is always something new to discover in this CD.


Her music, her voice, her style is quality!!!
I only listened to a couple of Judith's songs and straight away I was touched by her interpretation, voice and delivery (vocally and musically)of the bossa nova standards! This is quality, beautifully raw and passionately done

Dieter Feldberg

Her voice and guitar are just wunderbar
Judith and her fluent Portuguese bring Brazilian jazz much closer to our shores.
My favorite - Meu Violao - always gets me into bossa nova mood.
A CD well done and worth to listen over and over again

Lee J. Lloyd

There's nothing like coffee, Sunday morning, and Judith Kay Live!
Kicking back and listening to the melodic sounds of Judith's rendition of Ain't No Sunshine will change your whole attitude. I don't know which mellows me more, the voice or the guitar playing. Meu Violao shows her range with her incredible command of the Portuguese language. I went out and got a copy for all of my friends for Christmas!