“Slick,” says The Dallas Morning News of jazz singer Judy Chamberlain and her extraordinary repertoire of vintage swing, Broadway and American popular music.
“Judy Chamberlain has mastered the art of mesmerizing both the audience and her own band.” All-Music Guide
Dallas jazz singer Judy Chamberlain may well have cornered the market on the most extensive repertoire of vintage jazz, swing and popular music in America. With her Los Angeles and Dallas jazz bands, wedding bands, intimate jazz cabaret shows and the hard-swinging Judy Chamberlain Jazz Orchestra, she provides extraordinary live music – sophisticated private party, wedding, hospitality industry and corporate entertainment – in California, Texas and throughout the USA.
Chamberlain’s fresh arrangements of the timeless songs of the 1920′s, 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s – The Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age, Big Band Era, Broadway, Old Hollywood, swing, jazz and pop oldies, Rat Pack and Mad Men mid-century classics – have established her as a renowned interpretress of Great American Songbook standards.
Audrey Hepburn, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire…Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin…and Cole Porter movie scores sung by Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly…this is the repertoire Judy Chamberlain does. It’s rare and wonderful, and when you listen to her sing you feel as if you’re hearing this music for the first time.
Judy and her orchestra sometimes startle guests at celebrity weddings and society events, who think they’re listening to a recording. That’s because the musicians who back Judy are on many of the most beloved soundtracks and albums ever recorded.
A native New Yorker and former newspaper columnist and radio/TV commentator named “one of the top jazz singers of all time” by author Scott Yanow, Judy grew up in an entertainment and media family, shuttling between Manhattan and coastal Connecticut. Relocating to Los Angeles with her husband in 1980, she made Southern California her home base for thirty years before moving to Texas with her husband in 2011.
Chamberlain puts on a performance that could easily be a master class in the art of jazz showmanship. There’s always plenty of romance, improvisational interplay, audience interaction and extraordinary musicianship. A knowledgeable music historian, she incorporates the back stories of a century of music into both her intimate, cabaret-style and swinging jazz band shows.
Chamberlain has made a career of performing for sophisticated crowds, including high-profile politicians, entertainers and the very composers who wrote the songs she sings. With her longtime top players who have toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and many other historic icons, Judy has been featured on E! Entertainment, The Style Network, ABC’s “The Bachelor,” WFAA’s “Good Morning, Texas” and in The Playboy Jazz Festival. Critics have been raving for years about her ability to make an audience laugh, cry and reconnect with the best memories of their lives.
The people who hire Judy Chamberlain not only love the Great American Songbook, some of them actually wrote it!
“Judy Chamberlain is a walking encyclopedia of The Great American Songbook.” Chuck Niles, Pacific Public Radio/K-JAZZ Los Angeles
“Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain solidly affirms the music’s far-reaching, continuing vitality.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
“I don’t know how she recalls this stuff, because she’s too young.” Al Rudis, Long Beach Press Telegram
“I LOVE YOU JUDY CHAMBERLAIN!” Jonne-Marie Switzler, Manager/Playboy Jazz Festivals
“You’re just like the ‘Old Man,’ cookie.” Al Viola
Judy has booked and shared the stage with some of the top names in jazz, including members of Frank Sinatra’s touring and recording bands. She collaborated for a decade with Los Angeles guitarist Al Viola who was featured with Sinatra from 1955 to 1983. Viola, a masterful musician (that’s his mandolin work running through the movie “The Godfather”), 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. Her timing and phrasing are impeccable. I love working with her, because I’m never bored.”
“Hi from Toronto…you were awesome in Palm Springs, one of the best in the biz!” Naz Melconian, Videographer
“Judy Chamberlain sings “At Last” better than Etta James.” Shari Lightstone, Phoenix, AZ
“Look at all these people, having the time of their lives,” Al Viola said to Judy one night from their perch on the bandstand.
“And you were here,
Currently based in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Judy entertains local audiences when not on the road.