"...one of the most versatile and provocative singers with a keen jazz sensitivity." -
"...combines the best of both worlds; a cabaret singer's respect for the melody as written and a jazz singer's eagerness to have a go at it..”
“...a musician's musician. Her creative odyssey provides a fascinating illustration of the high road to mastery that transcends the limitation of genre...”
Vocalist Judy Niemack delivers a true tour de force exploring many kinds of blue on her BluJazz debut Blue Nights produced by Don Sickler and Jeanfrançois Prins.
Accompanied by an all-star band and joined by virtuoso guest soloists she presents an eclectic set of songs showcasing her skills as a song stylist ranging from Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” to Mongo Santamaria’s “Afro Blue” to Bill Evans‘ “Blue In Green” to Miles Davis’ “All Blues.” Other highlights include arrangements of classics by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey and Toots Thielmans; “A Crazy Song To Sing,” with lyrics Niemack wrote and set to the timeless Thelonious Monk blues “Misterioso,” and an arrangement of Evans’ “Interplay” also featuring Niemack’s lyrics
Judy Niemack is a real jazz singer. Singing lyrics with emotion and elegance, she is also a consumate musician, using her voice to improvise like a virtuoso horn player. Having completed her classical studies as a coloratura soprano, she delved deeply into the mainstream jazz tradition, and has continually broken new ground in vocal jazz with original lyrics and a modern approach to standards. Judy has a dual career as performer and vocal jazz educator.
In addition to having her eighth CD as a leader released on Sony Jazz in 2003, her book & CD “Hear It & Sing It! Exploring Modal Jazz”, was published by Second Floor Music in July 2004.
Judy is currently performing in jazz clubs, concerts and festivals in Europe and the United States. She now divides her time between Berlin, where she is heading the Jazz vocal department at the JAZZ INSTITUT BERLIN as Germany’s first Professor of Vocal Jazz, and New York City.