Judy Bady


Judy Bady, a native of Benton Harbor, MI, is a vocalist, Judy Bady Vocalistactress, writer and instructor who has won multiple, consecutive Down Beat® music awards and has performed and/or recorded with Gary Bartz, Hamiet Bluiett, Tom Burns, George Cables, Doug Carn, Andrew Cyrille, Jon Faddis, Billy Harper, Billy Hart, Jon Hendricks, John Hicks, Oliver Lake, Bill Lee, Barney McCall, Bobby McFerrin, Rene McLean, Diane Moser, Misha Piatigorsky, Badal Roy, Hilton Ruiz, Paul Serrato, Aaron Scott, Francesca Tanksley, Reggie Workman, and Piotr Wojtasik among others. She has also performed as a leader in Moscow, Russia and Szczecin, Poland.

Judy recorded and released her debut CD as a leader in November 2003 entitled Blackbird, (which was produced by Misha Piatigorsky, who was also instrumental in arranging Judy's tour in Moscow, Russia in December 2003). Blackbird has been reviewed in All About Jazz, where she was also cited on the site's 2004 list of New York's Best New Talent; The San Jose Mercury News, where it also was named as of of the top ten jazz recordings of 2004; Cadence; O's Place Jazz Newsletter; Down Beat;;; and by the Alternative Music Press Syndicate. Blackbird is also being played on radio stations world wide. Samples of Blackbird can be heard on (high-speed Internet connection required),
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Judy was also featured in the international award-winning documentary, Jazzwomen: The Female Side of Jazz, Judy was also included in Scott Yanow's book on jazz singers, entitled The Jazz Singers. The book profiles the top 500 jazz vocalists of all time, will be published by Backbeat Books in 2005, will be nationally distributed and will be available in most bookstores
in 2005.

Judy's producer, Misha Piatigorsky, entered his composition, "Low Talk," on which Judy sang lead vocals, in the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Composers Competition sponsored by BMI and was awarded the top prize. Misha and Judy performed "Low Talk" at the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Jazz Vocals Competition at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on September 13, 2004. For information about the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, visit