Wednesday, February 28, 2018
All the Way
This is a rubato (purposely out of tempo) duet with the great guitarist Al Viola, who is on pretty much everything Frank Sinatra recorded for more than 25 years.
It’s from a 2005 live performance in Hollywood, two years before Al passed away.
Al is playing his beloved 1939 Gibson L5, arguably one of the most iconic guitars in the history of popular music.
He used this guitar on more than 500 studio recordings, including numerous movie soundtracks.
All the Way
Wise musicians know that a rest is actually a musical note — and great music, like a fine painting, prefers space in which to breathe.
Love and songs,
Monday, February 8, 2016
Lou Delmonico, one of the original founders of Southern California’s Orange County Performing Arts Center, celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday recently.
Lou sits on many arts-related boards; his love of opera and chorale music is legendary.
He’s also a great fan of classic jazz, the kind you can dance to.
Standards. Big band. He loves it all.
I was honored to have been part of the spectacular celebration Lou put on for his many friends and associates.
Lou flew me out from Dallas, with instructions to assemble the wonderful musicians I work with in California.
It was quite a band: Bill Cunliffe, Terry Harrington, Steve Wilkerson, Dean Koba, Kye Palmer, Ben May, Tony Campodinico, Barry Zweig.
Can you spell “G-R-A-M-M-Y?”
These folks have played on many Grammy award-winning albums, and have a few statues of their own.
It’s always great fun to work for Lou. He knows what he wants, which makes entertaining his guests a delight.
And, of course, I know a lot of the folks in his crowd. It was good to see them, too.
I think I sang for five hours.
And guys…there is never enough time.
You are the best musicians in the world, the pink cloud on which the musical dreams of this singer have floated effortlessly… Read the full story »
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Friday, December 9, 2011
Judy Chamberlain Entertainment, a unique live Dallas, Texas wedding music band boutique, provides extraordinary bands, musicians and music for the most elegant weddings in Texas. From jazz trios and quartets to swing ensembles and an entire swinging big band orchestra, we’ll rock your world with the finest in live music, played totally LIVE and in the moment.
With a 4,000 song repertoire of jazz, swing and big band music played by world-renowned musicians, this is one unusual event entertainment company!
Many of our clients are entertainers themselves; some are well-known celebrities and household names. They trust us to respect their confidentiality, offer event production guidance and fit into small spaces when necessary. We even take requests directly from the dance floor!
We don’t have to be a huge band to play big band music, swing and those wonderful Rat Pack standards. It’s amazing what a small combo of incredibly talented musicians can do to literally “make” a wedding or event. It doesn’t take more than a few of us to play thousands of songs from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and beyond.
Not only do we play them – completely live – but we play them very, very well.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
We’re in Big “D,” My Oh Yes!…I said “Big D, little A…double L…A…S!”
We’re Judy Chamberlain Entertainment, parent company of America’s most versatile jazz wedding bands, and we are simply thrilled to be here in Dallas and Ft. Worth — the Metroplex is so stylish and happening!
We’re having lots of fun with the sophisticated Texas brides and grooms who are finding us. They’re telling us that they love the old standards and appreciate our repertoire — which is literally thousands of songs. We have a big bag of musical tricks, and aren’t afraid to use it.
We’re as likely to turn a hip hop song into a wedding ceremony processinal, or funk up a Cole Porter tune (but we’d never change the basic chord structure of anything THAT genius wrote; it’s all far too wonderful!)
We’re happy to use our clients’ song lists, and we can play music for weeks on end without ever repeating a tune. In addition to Cole Porter, we love all the music of the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s: Rogers & Hart, anything George Gershwin ever wrote, Nat King Cole, The Platters – you name it. Oh, and lots of Bob Wills, Willie Nelson, Elvis and Johmnny… Read the full story »
Friday, November 12, 2010
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All the cool tunes of the Twentieth Century!
“Organic, eclectic…spontaneous! Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain solidly affirms the music’s far-reaching, continuing vitality.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
“Judy Chamberlain is a singer who’s always a pleasure to hear. In part, because her astonishing repertoire makes every performance a fascinating journey through a century of song. But even more so because she brings such care, authenticity and musicality to everything she touches.” The International Review of Music
Singer/bandleader Judy Chamberlain specializes in live music for celebrity weddings and events in California, Arizona, Texas and beyond. She can be reached at 714 319-9242
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