Jazz and the New Songbook Artists, Starring Carmen Lundy

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Get ready to enjoy a summit of jazz notables who’ve won acclaim far and wide -- featuring female vocalist Carmen Lundy, violinist Regina Carter, pianist Robert Glasper, trombonist Steve Turre and a dozen more artists -- as they open an international tour spotlighting their own compositions. The concert, entitled, “Jazz And The New Songbook Artists, Starring Carmen Lundy,” will be performed on Sunday, September 10th at 7:00 PM at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.

Get ready to enjoy a summit of jazz notables who’ve won acclaim far and wide -- featuring female vocalist Carmen Lundy, violinist Regina Carter, pianist Robert Glasper, trombonist Steve Turre and a dozen more artists -- as they open an international tour spotlighting their own compositions. The concert, entitled, “Jazz And The New Songbook Artists, Starring Carmen Lundy,” will be performed on Sunday, September 10th at 7:00 PM at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California.

This is an all-star event, with a nationally acclaimed jazz lineup for one night only. The evening will present new, original and visionary jazz compositions performed by The New Songbook Artists.

Joining Lundy onstage are: Robert Glasper, Anthony Wonsey -- piano; Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Terri Lyne Carrington -- drums; Mayra Casales -- percussion; Curtis Lundy, Bob Hurst -- bass; Sekou Bunch -- electric bass; Steve Turre -- trombone, shells; Bobby Watson -- alto; Greg Diaz -- trumpet; Regina Carter -- violin; Lori Andrews -- harp; Phil Upchurch -- guitar; Krystal Davis Williams -- background vocals.

Breaking New Ground

Referred to as, "One of the world's greatest jazz vocalists...," by Blues and Soul Magazine, U.K., Ms. Carmen Lundy continues to break new ground in the Jazz genre as she tirelessly pursues the art of jazz singing.

Her newest release, “Jazz and The New Songbook-Live at The Madrid,” is Lundy's first live recording and features 16 musicians including Robert Glasper, Nathan East, Phil Upchurch, Steve Turre, Bobby Watson, Curtis Lundy, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Victor Lewis, Mayra Casales and Kenny Davis.

Lundy has performed and recorded as a soloist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and The Vallejo Symphony Orchestra. She has performed and recorded with such musicians as Walter Bishop Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Ray Barretto, Don Pullen, Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Ernie Watts, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jimmy Scott, Kip Hanrahan, Courtney Pine, Marian McPartland, Regina Carter, and the late Kenny Kirkland.

Her work has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, as well as numerous foreign publications. Ms. Lundy is also a composer and songwriter whose catalogue numbers about forty published songs. Her compositions have been recorded by such artists as Kenny Barron ("Quiet Times"), Ernie Watts ("At The End Of My Rope"), and Straight Ahead ("Never Gonna Let You Go"), and can also be found on her own recordings Something To Believe In and This Is Carmen Lundy (both for Justin Time), Old Devil Moon (JVC), Self Portrait (JVC), Moment To Moment (Arabesque), Night And Day (CBS/SONY), and Good Morning Kiss (CLR/Justin Time).

A native of Miami, Florida, Carmen Lundy's path to being one of today's most talented, respected and sophisticated jazz singers began at age six, with her first piano lessons. Deeply inspired by her mother, Oveida, who was then lead singer in the gospel group The Apostolic Singers, Carmen joined her church's junior choir.

Armed with a devoted following and critical kudos, the uncompromising Ms. Lundy continues to make waves, not just in North America, but in Asia and throughout the UK and Europe.

Carmen is currently featured on 4 popular CDs: Geri Allen’s “Timeless Portraits and Dreams” on Telarc, "Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now" on Concord Jazz, Hallmark Productions "Vintage Collection", and on Mayra Casales' new release, "Woman on Fire." For more information about Carmen Lundy her music and tour dates, visit : http://www.carmenlundy.com or http://www.myspace.com/carmenlundy .

Ford Amphitheatre 2006

The intimate 1200-seat outdoor amphitheatre of the Ford lends itself to Lundy’s artistry. The Ford, nestled in the Hollywood Hills, is just off the 101 (Hollywood Freeway) across from Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East. Picnickers welcome, food and beverage available on site. Grounds open two hours before show time for picnicking.

The Ford is disabled accessible and portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle. Free satellite parking serviced by free shuttles to the Ford is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The Ford shuttle stops in the "kiss and ride" area and cycles every 15-20 minutes.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2006 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater, parking information, and box dinner menus, log on to http://www.FordAmphitheatre.org . To order tickets and for more information, contact the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California by calling: (323) 461-3673 for tickets; (323) 769-2147 for group sales or visit them online. Order early for best seats.

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