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The Chicago Tribune has awarded pianist/singer Judy Roberts the title “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman.” Yet she is also recognized as a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert performances. From the Midwest to Phoenix to Singapore, Judy is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her ability to combine lush and sensitive vocals with rapid-fire scat singing, and for her unique ability to communicate with her audience in a relaxed and intimate style.
A multiple Grammy nominee, her twenty-plus album/CD releases include the “The Other World,” whose hit single “Señor Blues” was number one on the jazz charts and in radio airplay; the album “Trio,” with Ray Brown and Jeff Hamilton; the song “Twilight World,” co-written with piano diva Marian McPartland (on whose NPR show “Piano Jazz” Judy has guested twice); and her international hit rendition of Dave Frishberg’s “My Attorney Bernie.”
In addition to club and concert appearances, Judy performs at such jazz festivals as the North Sea Fest in Holland, the Singapore Jazz Fest, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and is a regularly featured artist on the Joe Segal and the Jazz Cruise Line jazz cruises, as well as the Newport Beach and West Coast Jazz Parties.Judy is on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, and is a featured columnist for the Chicago Jazz Magazine. She continues to perform and record in the Chicago area and around the world.
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