Night On The Town — Judy Carmichael, Stride Pianist
I live in New York City, so my husband Mark and I often catch great musical acts, plays, art shows, and other entertainment and cultural diversions in the Big Apple.
Anyway, I’ve decided to launch a new posting category — Night On The Town — in which I’ll write more regularly about our Manhattan adventures … in theory, anyway.
And what better way to start, than with the wonderful Judy Carmichael! We caught her stride piano act Friday night at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill, and she was excellent, as always. Mark and I own every one of her recordings!
For those who don’t know what stride piano is, it’s a musical style that originated in Harlem early in the 20th century. And nobody does it better than Judy Carmichael. In fact I love her playing so much, I’ve written her a limerick:
Ode To Judy Carmichael (Limerick)
By Madeleine Begun Kane
Judy Carmichael’s known for her stride.
She’s a pianist of note far and wide—
A female Fats Waller.
You’ll whoop and you’ll holler
With joy at her musical ride.