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Newark Museum Will Feature Legendary Jazz Vocalist Carmen Lundy for Jazz and BBQ Benefit
(Published: May 16, 2011)

Newark, NJ (May 17, 2011) -- Jazz songstress extraordinaire Carmen Lundy and her trio will appear at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, at 6 pm Wednesday June 22nd, 2011 as part of the Jazz and BBQ Benefit, a fundraising event for the Museum. Joining Ms. Lundy on the bill will be Alex Tosca and Ropa Vieja. The show is presented by the Newark Volunteer Organization and Community Council and all proceeds will go to support education and exhibition programs at the Museum.

Lundy will be featuring tunes from her latest CD release, Solamente, a truly solo effort. Every note of music performed on Solamente is from the head, hands, and heart of Ms. Lundy herself. Not content with just performing her original compositions on piano, bass, drums, harp, guitar & percussion, Ms. Lundy colors and deepens every song with her commanding vocals; at times languorous, at other times defiant, oftentimes just sublime, at all times, soulful.

Flying east to accompany Ms. Lundy at the Newark Museum appearance will be her stalwart trio - Anthony Wonsey on piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Jamison Ross on drums - musicians who have coalesced into a top-flight jazz organism, melding and entwining with Lundy to expand and refine the material originally recorded solo on Solamente. Wonsey and Jamison in particular have traveled far and wide to spread Ms. Lundy's jazz message; appearing with her at the Artists Collective in Hartford, Connecticut; Detroit, Michigan's Institute Of Art; and the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City, as well as recent dates in Europe.

Reviewing a recent show from April 2011 at the Porgy and Bess Jazz Club in Vienna, Austria, writer Samir H. Kock wrote, "Not even a clearing of the throat during the first song could make her nervous, and with an artistic cough, she seamlessly moved into a vocal tour de force through the land of love, beginning with ‘Easy To Love.' Full of spirit, she blended the flow of music with her vocalizations. Pianist Anthony Wonsey vivaciously played blues-inspired cascades which Lundy then took over and added her own figurations. Her impressive range was shown in the ballad ‘Heart Of Gold' in which she displayed bell-like high tones along with astonishing low notes."

No stranger to the world of art herself, Ms. Lundy a painter, has exhibited in The Jazz Gallery in New York City as well as The Jazz Bakery, and the Madrid Theater in Los Angeles, California. She also produces her own original series of note cards, based on her paintings. Examples of both can be viewed at her website, www.carmenlundy.com. Lundy has also published the New Jazz Songbook, a collection of 60 of her self-penned compositions. One of those compositions, "One More River To Cross" was composed by Ms. Lundy using words from the famous Langston Hughes poem "I've Known Rivers," and was first presented on Lundy's 2001 release This Is Carmen Lundy. Ms. Lundy has also toured extensively as a soloist with Mary Lou's Mass, a work composed by Mary Lou Williams with arrangements by Lundy. She has also been an Ambassador of Arts throughout the world, visiting Angola, the Ukraine, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Europe in that capacity.

The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. It holds fine collections of American art, decorative art, contemporary art and arts of Asia, Africa, the Americas and the ancient world. The Museum's Tibetan galleries are considered among the best in the world. The Tibetan galleries have an in situ Buddhist altar consecrated by the Dali Lama. In addition to its extensive art collections the Newark Museum is dedicated to natural science, including the Dreyfuss Planetarium and the Victoria Hall Of Science. The Alice Raymond Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, located behind the museum, is the setting for programs, concerts and performances.

The Newark Museum is located at 49 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey, 07102. For ticket information and purchase to the Jazz And BBQ Benefit featuring Carmen Lundy contact Donna Patt at (973) 596.6559 or purchase online. The show is Wednesday June 22nd at 6 pm. For more information on Carmen Lundy, please visit www.carmenlundy.com.

Dee Riley
PRiley Publicity

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