Carmen Lundy


Carmen Lundy is a uniquely talented and progressive singer who is also a composer (writing a good portion of her repertoire), producer, actress, and painter. She was born November 1, 1954, in Miami, Florida, and at the age of six began to study the piano. Deeply inspired by her mother, who was the lead singer in a gospel group known as The Apostolic Singers, Ms. Lundy decided to become a singer by the time she was 12 years old. In her teens, she made her first 45 rpm record as half of a duo called Steph and Tret, a tune named The Price of Silence.

While majoring in opera at the University of Miami, she also sang with a jazz band, and concluded in her sophomore year that that jazz was her calling. She cites Dionne Warwick, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder as being among her first influences. While in school at Miami, Ms. Lundy performed in clubs and traveled to Europe and North Africa with the U. of M. Big Band. After becoming one of the first singers to receive a Bachelor of Music in Studio Music and Jazz from the University, she moved to New York in 1978 where she was hired by the Mel Lewis/Thad Jones Big Band and performed her first New York engagement at the Village Vanguard in Greenwich Village. Her career began to flourish. She sang with Ray Barretto and formed her own trio in 1980, using such pianists as John Hicks and Onaje Gumbs. She has also performed with such jazz veterans as Walter Bishop Jr. Don Pullen, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Teri Lynn Carrington, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Marian McPartland, and Kenny Kirkland.

Ms Lundy has achieved much success a songwriter and composer. Among other artists who have used her songs, Kenny Barron has recorded such tunes as Quiet Times and the group Straight Ahead recorded Never Gonna Let You Go, and she performs her own work often in concert and on her recordings. While in New York, Ms. Lundy recorded her first two albums, Good Morning and Night and Day. She also appeared in theatrical roles including the lead for the European tour of Duke Ellington's Broadway musical, Sophisticated Ladies. Off-Broadway she portrayed Billie Holiday in Lawrence Holder's They Were All Gardenias.

In 1991 Ms. Lundy moved to Los Angeles where she made an impact on the local club scene and also appeared as an actress, starring in Shangri-La Plaza, a CBS television pilot. Ms. Lundy recorded Moment to Moment, her third CD and began painting. Her fourth CD, Self Portrait in 1995, included guest appearances by Cedar Walton and Ernie Watts. Her fifth album, Old Devil Moon, blends traditional elements with more contemporary. Though she is known for bop and post-bop, as well as standards, her work, marked by a keen talent for improvisation, is also influenced by folk, R&B and pop. Ms. Lundy has been highly praised by jazz critics on both sides of the Atlantic Blues and Soul magazine has called Carmen Lundy "One of the world's greatest jazz vocalists." She is also a teacher who and an active board member of YES, Inc. (Young Educated Singers), who has given clinics and master classes in Australia, Denmark, Japan, Switzerland, and in the USA in both California and New York. She participated in Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead at the Kennedy Center and has worked with the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz as both a guest artist and clinician. Her oil paintings have been exhibited in both New York and Los Angeles. She is also the sister of bassist Curtis Lundy.
Carmen Lundy

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