“Slick,” says The Dallas Morning News of jazz singer Judy Chamberlain and her 4,000 song repertoire.
The people who hire Judy Chamberlain not only love The Great American Songbook…some of them actually wrote it!
Dallas jazz singer Judy Chamberlain provides corporate entertainment and vintage live jazz, swing and big band music for weddings and parties in Texas, California and throughout the USA.
If you like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Patsy Cline, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Bobby Darin, you’ll love Judy Chamberlain.
A New York City native and music historian who began performing professionally at the age of 13, Judy and her Los Angeles and Dallas jazz bands move easily between the music of the 1920′s, 1930′s and beyond. The small combo and big band swing they play includes show tunes, and anything written by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Deitz & Schwartz, Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Johnny Mercer, Hoagie Carmichael, Harold Arlen and other Great American Songbook composers.
Many modern composers are in Judy’s repertoire, too: Johnny Mandel, Steven Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Neil Hefti, Neil Sedaka, Paul Anka, Papa John Phillips and so many more.
She’s performed for composers, actors and entertainers at private concerts, weddings and gala celebrations during a career that has spanned more than four decades.
“Name a song and she’ll sing it. A huge repertoire testifies to singer Judy Chamberlain’s first love: jazz.” Dallas Morning News Dallas Morning News
Jazz? You bet. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Ask Judy for “California Dreamin,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “My Way,” “Mustang Sally,” “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane,” “Walkin After Midnight, “At Last,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” or your favorite Doors or Eagles tune and you’ll probably hear the first notes of the song within seconds.
The same holds true for pretty much anything from the Prohibition, Swing or Rat Pack eras and a century of Broadway and movie hits.
And yes, there’s classic American Country. Soul, R&B. And doo-wop. Is there anything this woman can’t do?
“Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain solidly affirms the music’s far-reaching, continuing vitality.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
“Judy takes care of business and sings the hell out of a tune the way Sinatra did,” Guitarist Al Viola
Judy’s band is always world class. Her musicians are literally the best in the business; pianists, bass players, guitarists, drummers, saxophone, trumpet, trombone and clarinet players who have toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ray Charles, James Brown, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Harry Connick, Jr., Johnny Mandel and Michael Buble, to name a few.
“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 the 1920′s, 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s American popular music she performs.
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.
Judy takes requests directly from the dance floor, child’s play for her because she knows thousands of songs.
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 done the way the composers intended.
She also adores anything associated with Audrey Hepburn and cinema noir movies.
With an uncanny knack for playing exactly the right song at the right time, Judy transports audiences of all ages to a place they know and love, even if they’ve ‘ve never been there.
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.” Frank Sinatra’s longtime guitarist, Al Viola
Legendary 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
“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.”
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” and in The Playboy Jazz Festival.
“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
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.