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Judy Barnett: Bio

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Judy Barnett’s ubiquitous presence on New York City’s jazz scene over many decades has made her one of the most popular & respected singers currently working. She received the MAC 2007 Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year Award to go along with her other six MAC Jazz Vocalist Awards. In addition, Judy has a Back Stage Bistro Award & twelve ASCAP Special Awards for her songwriting. Over the last decade, Judy has made Time Out New York’s Critic’s Picks List virtually every time she has performed, in every venue she has appeared. In the words of the late, renowned jazz critic Stuart Troup, “Judy Barnett has cut an extraordinarily wide swath in show business in terms of material, stages & abilities.” At alternate times in her life she could be found acting & directing in New York, in the Caribbean with a repertory theatre company, playing percussion in steel & reggae bands, writing a musical, singing standards, calypso & rock & always composing songs. Judy was the founder, co-owner & operator of the jazz club/restaurant J’s, that enjoyed an almost decade-long run from the mid 80’s through 90’s. J’s provided a stage, forum & unique support for some of the best artists playing today. Beloved & missed by musicians & fans alike, J‘s is still thought of as one of New York City’s finest jazz clubs. In addition to her performing, recording & producing career, Judy Barnett is a President Emeritus of MAC, The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, a 35 year-old organization devoted to advancing the art & business of live entertainment. She also co-owns a CD production company with audio engineer Scott Noll, Goat Herder Productions. Ms. Barnett has recorded five CD’s; the eponymous Judy Barnett, Swingin’, a CD of her own songs, The Road To My Heart, a big band CD of Spring & Summer songs, Too Darn Hot! & a new release, Lust Loss Love, a compilation of original songs written with pianist/composer Ted Kooshian, with whom Judy has worked for over twenty years.