“Jazz singer/bandleader Judy Chamberlain has mastered the art of mesmerizing both the audience and her own band.” All-Music Guide
“Judy knows more songs than anyone who has ever lived.” Renowned Jazz Critic Don Heckman (Village Voice, L.A. Times, International Review of Music)
New York City native Judy Chamberlain began singing professionally at the age of 13, shuttling between Manhattan and Coastal Connecticut to work with and learn from musicians who had honed their skills during the early days of jazz, swing and rock n’ roll. Moving to California in 1980, she brought the spirit of dinner dances at The Plaza Hotel along with her.
During a three-decade career on the West Coast she led her all-star band, produced offsite concerts for Pacific Public Radio’s K-JAZZ FM and was a busy music director who put top talent into legendary Southern California hotels, jazz clubs and restaurants. Along the way, she also wrote restaurant and travel features, along with sassy op-ed columns for a daily newspaper. Her “Dining With Judy” series on Newport Beach radio station K-OCEAN FM was well-known to Orange County foodies, as were the “Savoir Fare” segments on The Orange County News Channel that her camera crew called “Judy’s Hair.”
Named “one of the top jazz singers of all time” by author Scott Yanow, Chamberlain has garnered praise for bringing out the best in her extraordinary musicians, playing to their various strengths. It helps that, as former L.A. Times jazz critic Don Heckman has said, “she knows more songs than anyone who has ever lived.”
An avid music historian, Judy also knows well of what she sings. Guests at weddings and parties have often said they feel as if they’re hearing the lyrics for the first time.
Sometimes they are!
Over the years, Judy has been honored to perform for some of the composers who wrote the songs she sings.
In 1999, Paul Anka presented her with her own lyrics to his Sinatra hit, “My Way,” calling it “My Way, Her Way.”
But Judy has been doing things her way since she was a teenager fronting a big band, already a seasoned veteran of nights at The Stork Club and being awed by Cole Porter dropping in to hear Mabel Mercer sing at Tony’s or the Byline Room.
She adores recreating and sharing that world with her audiences.
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