CULTURE

Jazz singing great begins series of shows at Half Note this week

Prominent jazz singer Carmen Lundy begins a one-week residency at the Half Note Jazz Club this Thursday, backed by a trio on piano, bass and drums. Over a career that now spans three decades, Lundy has established herself as a singer with a passionate, deep-sounding voice. She has released seven albums and worked in a variety of formats, including with big bands, orchestras, choirs and in duets in various parts of the world. The Miami-born artist was raised in a musically inclined household, with her mother, a gospel singer, at the forefront. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Lundy joined the local church’s children’s choir and started taking piano lessons at the age of 6. In the years that followed, Lundy studied opera, but realized her love and devotion lay in jazz music. She began appearing at Miami jazz clubs and around the same time also toured Europe and North Africa with Miami University’s Big Band. By the late 1970s, Lundy had also begun regular performances in New York City, which proved a springboard for the artist’s touring career abroad. Over the years, Lundy has performed at numerous venues around Europe, in Japan, and at major jazz festivals.