and the New Songbook Artists
Friday, April 18, 2008 - 8:00 PM
Rose & Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center
3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
(Map and Directions)
Tickets: 877.311.SHOW (Toll-free) or purchase HERE
Carmen Lundy is a native of Miami, Florida. At the age of six, she began piano lessons. Deeply inspired by her mother, who was the lead singer in a gospel group, she joined her church junior choir. She made her first recording "The Price of Silence" while still in her teens. Carmen attended the University of Miami initially as an Opera major, but discovered that jazz was where her talent really lay. She graduated with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz - one of the first singers to do so. After working the local jazz club scene in Miami and traveling to Europe and North Africa with the UM Concert Jazz Band, Carmen moved to New York. She immediately impressed the particularly critical jazz audience.
Ms Lundy's performance history covers a range from big bands to choral works. She has performed and given master classes throughout the US, Europe and Asia. She has also performed or recorded with jazz stalwarts such as Ray Barretto, Don Pullen, Kenny Barron, John Hicks, Ernie Watts, Mulgrew Miller, Billy Childs, Terry Lynne Carrington, Courtney Pine, Marian McPartland, and Kenny Kirkland among others.
A Renaissance woman, Ms. Lundy is a composer and songwriter, publishing over twenty songs. She has acted in the theatre as well. She performed the lead role as Billie Holiday in the Off- Broadway play "They Were All Gardenias" by Lawrence Holder, and the lead in the Broadway show, Duke Ellington's “Sophisticated Ladies." She is also a gifted painter of oils on canvas.
Carmen’s touring band is a quintet with Robert Hurst on bass, pianist Anthony Wonsey, who has performed in South Florida with numerous cutting-edge groups; drummer Jason Brown, a protégé of Billy Hart, who also plays in Ryan Kisor’s band; and percussionist Mayra Casales, born in Havana, raised in Miami, and now living in New York.