Judy Niemack 'New York Stories'

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Last Show: Friday 5 th July 2019

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

New York City is the center of many worlds, the jazz world being one of them, and musicians have always felt the pull of the Big Apple. In 1977, California-born vocalist Judy Niemack’s improvisation teacher, Warne Marsh, told her to move there if she wanted to be a jazz singer, and once she did, she never looked back. Niemack’s experiences in New York shaped her career and life, and her new recording on Sunnyside Records, New York Stories, with her lyrics to songs by Monk, Metheny, Clifford Brown and Don Grolnick, along with classics like 'Round Midnight' and 'In Walked Bud' is a tribute to her years there. Judy will celebrate the creative energy and jazz musicans of New York along with three top-notch London-based instrumentalists, in her concert at the Pheasantry.

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"She puts over a tune with passion and singular phrasing. She slaloms with streamlined precision through tricky be-bop lines and changes. She twists, turns, scats, leaps and bounds with Olympian grace...displaying admirable control, balance and understatement...Classy."

Gene Kalbacher, Hot House

“. . . one of the best, and purest jazz singers ever . . . a voice with the clarity of a mountain stream, accuracy of pitch and time that is a wonder to hear, perfect diction and sensitivity to lyrics, and with a disciplined improvisational gift that makes her scat-sung lines music.” L.A. Jazz Scene

Singer Judy Niemack is a pure musician, exploring jazz like a virtuoso horn player. Her delivery of lyrics focuses on feeling, while she breaks new ground with originals and a modern approach to standards. Niemack was born in Pasadena, California, where she began to study classical voice at age 17. At 18, she met the great tenor saxophonist Warne Marsh, and became fascinated with improvisation. After pursuing her classical studies at New England Conservatory, she realized that her true path lay in jazz and returned to California to study improvisation with Marsh. When she moved to New York City in 1977, her first major engagement was a week at the Village Vanguard with him.

She has recorded 10 CDs as a leader, with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Fred Hersch, Joe Lovano, Toots Thielemans, Mal
Waldron, Cedar Walton and Kenny Werner. About Time on Sony Jazz featured Eddie Gomez and Lee Konitz; In The Sundance , included pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Rufus Reid, and in 2017, Listening to You featured Judy in duo with pianist Dan Tepfer. New Standards, with the Danish Radio Big Band and Jim McNeely will be released in 2018.

Niemack has written lyrics for over 100 compositions by Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Richie Beirach, Peter Bernstein, Clifford Brown, Lee Konitz, Pat Metheny, Kenny Dorham and Mike Stern, among others.

Judy currently divides her time between Berlin and New York City, and as Germany’s first professor of jazz voice, leads the vocal department at the Jazz Institut Berlin while performing in clubs, concerts and festivals around the world.






Band Lineup

Judy Niemack (vocals)

Rob Barron (piano)

Tristan Maillot (drums)

Jeremy Brown (bass)