Dallas Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain reimagines vintage American popular music of the 1920′s, 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s and 1960′s.
“Slick,” says The Dallas Morning News.
“Judy Chamberlain has mastered the art of mesmerizing both the audience and her own band.” All-Music Guide
Chamberlain, named one of the top jazz singers of all time by author Scott Yanow, brings the standards to life, and makes them her own.
A New York City native, Judy grew up in an entertainment and media family, shuttling between Manhattan and coastal Connecticut.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1980, she sang, wrote for daily newspapers and was a radio and TV personality in Southern California for thirty years before moving to Texas in 2011.
Chamberlain’s performances could well be a master class in the art of musical interplay and the standards of the Great American Songbook.
Her backing bands and ensembles are the finest musicians in the business, Grammy winners and first-call studio players who have toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Diana Krall, to namme just a few.
Chamberlain has performed for a “Who’s Who” of actors, politicians, musicians and entertainers, as well as for many of the composers who actually wrote the songs she sings.
Paul Anka once gifted her with her own lyrics to his iconic Sinatra hit “My Way.” And Judy has, indeed, been doing it her way since she was 13 years old in a rarified world where Cole Porter dropped in to hear Mabel Mercer sing on West 52nd Street.
She adores sharing that world with her audiences, transporting them to a time they remember well – even if they never were there.
“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
Judy has worked with many 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 a mainstay of the Sinatra band 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.”
“Look at all these people, having the time of their lives,” Viola said to Judy one night from their perch on the bandstand.
“And you were here,cookie.”
Currently based in North Texas, Judy entertains local audiences when she’s not on the road.