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(Published: June 16, 2011)

FRIDAY JULY 8 - SUNDAY JULY 10 - SHOWS 8 & 10:30pm

Jazz has long been America's foremost contribution to the tapestry of the great music of the world. The Blue Note has always strived to preserve the history of jazz, but it is also a place where progression and innovation - the foundations of jazz - are encouraged, honored and practiced nightly. Beyond the headliners appearing at the club - Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Chris Botti - The Blue Note has pioneered by presenting the Monday Night Music Series and the bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series to showcase New York City's up-and-coming jazz, soul, and R&B artists. The Blue Note has been instrumental in giving the musicians of Greenwich Village and the rest of the city a chance to perform in one of the world's truly legendary venues. For nearly 30 years The Blue Note club in New York City's Greenwich Village has stood as a beacon for jazz fans world wide. Since its inception in 1981 owner and founder Denny Bensusan has provided a vision to treat deserving artists with respect, while allowing patrons to see the planet's finest jazz musicians in a close, comfortable setting.

Now jazz vocalist/composer Carmen Lundy and her trio come east to The Blue Note for their second set of performances at New York's hallowed jazz central, Friday July 8th through Sunday July 10th. There will be two shows per night, at 8 and 10:30 pm. Fronting Ms. Lundy's band for The Blue Note engagement will be Anthony Wonsey on piano, Kenny Davis on bass and Jamison Ross on drums. Lundy and her band have become road warriors this past year; in their inaugural appearance at The Blue Note last September, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Detroit, Michigan's Institute Of Arts, and the Artist's Collective in Hartford, Connecticut, among many others. Of the Hartford show, music critic of the Hartford Courant Chuck Obuchowski wrote: "Lundy's sassy original, ‘The Out Crowd' found the 55-year-old vocalist in top form. She debuted the piece on last year's one-woman band recording Solamente but her studio arrangement paled in comparison to the inspired interaction of Saturday's ensemble version. ‘Easy to Love' benefited from a sterling solo by pianist Anthony Wonsey, a frequent Lundy associate during the past decade. ‘The Lamp Is Low,' originally heard on Lundy's 1985 debut, Good Morning Kiss, featured one of her only scat-singing forays of the evening, as well as some incredibly low notes to accentuate the song's lyrics. Regardless of her vocal approach, Lundy displayed an unfailing ability to tap into the emotional essence of each song she presented.

Unlike Lundy's earlier releases like 2008's Come Home or 2003's Something To Believe In, Solamente, referred to above, was in every sense of the word, a true solo project. Solamente, Lundy's latest project and her eleventh CD release, found Carmen not only writing and producing the album, but also playing every note of music on the project. Layering her at times languorous, at times defiant, at virtually all times sublime vocals over her own accompaniment on piano, bass, and drums, Solamente was a tour de force of Lundy's studio magic. Now Wonsey, Davis, Ross, and Lundy combine their talents to expand and refine the ideas and themes presented on Solamente, as well as material from the Live At The Madrid CD and DVD and Carmen's other early work.

The releases noted above, as well as many others, comprise Lundy's 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. 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 been an Ambassador of Arts throughout the world, visiting Angola, the Ukraine, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Europe in that capacity.

For more information on The Blue Note, including ticketing and reservation information for the Carmen Lundy shows July 8 through July 10, shows at 8 and 10:30 pm. (see below) Blue Note Address: 131 W 3rd St
New York NY 10012+1208
Telephone: (212) 475-8592
Email: club@bluenote.netAdditional information on Carmen Lundy can always be found at www.CarmenLundy.com. www.myspace.com/carmenlundy

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