“Slick,” says The Dallas Morning News of singer Judy Chamberlain and her extraordinary repertoire.
An eclectic performer, vocal coach and music historian who began entertaining professionally at the age of 13, Dallas jazz singer Judy Chamberlain specializes in the music of The Great American Songbook. She moves easily between the Prohibition-era hot jazz, small combo swing and big band music of the 1920′s, 1930′s and 1940′s to the doo-wop, vintage rock & roll, Rat Pack classics and standards of the 1950′s and 1960′s and a century of Broadway and the movies – sometimes all in the same set.
A fourth-generation musician and native New Yorker named “one of the top jazz singers of all time” by author Scott Yanow, Chamberlain has been featured on E! Entertainment, The Style Network, ABC’s “The Bachelor” WFAA’s “Good Morning, Texas” and in The Playboy Jazz Festival.
In a career that’s spanned more than 30 years, Judy – who recently relocated to Texas from Los Angeles – has performed vintage live jazz, swing and big band music for the weddings, parties and corporate events of many celebrities and high-profile politicians, including several United States presidents.
She has often performed the composers’ own music at their parties. The people who hire Judy not only love the Great American Songbook, some of them actually wrote it!
“Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain solidly affirms the music’s far-reaching, continuing vitality.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
“Singer/bandleader Judy Chamberlain has mastered the art of mesmerizing both the audience and her own band.” All-Music Guide
A critically-acclaimed interpretress of The Great American Songbook, Chamberlain brings her own swinging style – which began to take root for her in the nightclubs of 1950′s Manhattan, where she was “the youngest beard in history” for her party-loving aunts, to an incomparable 4,000 song repertoire of 1920′s, 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s American popular music.
Made popular by artists like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Glen Miller, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Fred Astaire, Nat King Cole, Louis Prima, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Bobby Darin and others, this is music that transcends cultures and generations.
If Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Rogers & Hammerstein, George & Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka or Judy’s great good friend Papa Jphn Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas) wrote it, you can bet it’s in her repertoire – and performed the way the composers intended.
She also adores anything associated with Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn and cinema noir movies.
Bands like Judy’s don’t really exist anymore, except perhaps in the movies. It’s no coincidence that many of her clients are entertainers themselves.
“I don’t know how she recalls this stuff, because she’s too young.” Al Rudis, Long Beach Press Telegram
“You’re just like the ‘Old Man,’ cookie.” Al Viola
Iconic Los Angeles studio guitarist Al Viola, a mainstay of the Frank Sinatra band from 1955 to 1983 who worked with Judy for a decade before his death in 2007, was fond of pointing out similarities between Chamberlain and Sinatra – whom he affectionately called “the old man.”
“Judy takes care of business and sings the hell out of a tune the way Sinatra did,” said Viola. “She can come out of nowhere and take the pickup on the song — no warning — and the band is instantly with her because she gives great signals. Like Sinatra, she’s always in the moment and never does anything the same way twice. I love working with her, because I’m never bored.”
“Judy Chamberlain is a walking encyclopedia of The Great American Songbook.” Chuck Niles, Pacific Public Radio’s K-JAZZ 88.1 FM
“Hi from Toronto…you were awesome in Palm Springs, one of the best in the biz!” Naz Melconian, Videographer
“I LOVE YOU JUDY CHAMBERLAIN!” Jonne-Marie Switzler, Manager/Playboy Jazz Festivals
“Judy Chamberlain sings “At Last” better than Etta James.” Shari Lightstone, Phoenix, AZ
“Look at all these people, having the time of their lives,” renowned “Godfather” mandolinist and Sintara band guitarist Al Viola said to Judy one night from their bird’s-eye perch on the bandstand.
“And you were here, Cookie.”
In addition to providing high-quality entertainment for weddings and events in Texas, California and throughout the USA, Judy performs locally in her adopted hometown of Dallas, Texas and does vocal coaching in private and master class settings.