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Carmen Lundy

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fiji
Favorite Quote:
The Good Die Young But The Great Live Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
11/1/1954
Birth Location:
Miami, Florida

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Singer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Fiji
Favorite Quote:
The Good Die Young But The Great Live Forever.

Birthplace

Born:
11/1/1954
Birth Location:
Miami
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Biography

Jazz singer, arranger and composer Carmen Lundy was born on November 1, 1954 in Miami, Florida. Her mother, Oveida, was the lead singer in a gospel group; her younger brother, Curtis Lundy, is a jazz bassist. Inspired by those around her, Lundy began playing the piano at age six, and started singing in her church choir at age twelve. She went on to attend the University of Miami, where she received her B.M. degree in studio music and jazz.

At the age of sixteen, Lundy began her professional career in Miami, then moved to New York City in 1978 where she worked with numerous Jazz veterans. The following year, she made her first appearance on an album with a group called Jasmine; and, in 1980, formed her own group, performing with pianists John Hicks and Onaje Gumbs. In 1985, Lundy released her first solo album, entitled Good Morning Kiss, which remained at the #3 spot on Billboard’s Jazz Chart for twenty-three weeks. Subsequent records included Night and Day, Self Portrait, Old Devil Moon, This Is Carmen Lundy, Jazz and the New Songbook: Live at the Madrid, Come Home, Solamente, Changes, and Soul To Soul, among others. In all, Lundy has released fourteen albums and has published over 100 songs. Her compositions have been recorded by such artists as Kenny Barron, Ernie Watts, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Regina Carter. In addition, Lundy and producer Elisabeth Oei launched the Afrasia Productions music label in 2005.

Lundy has taught master classes throughout the world, including Australia, Denmark, Russia, Japan, Switzerland, New York and Los Angeles, California, and at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and for the Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a multi-instrumentalist, she has acted and played the lead role in Duke Ellington's Broadway musical, Sophisticated Ladies, and portrayed Billie Holiday in Lawrence Holder's They Were All Gardenias. Lundy is also a mixed media artist and painter, and her works have been exhibited in New York at The Jazz Gallery, and at The Jazz Bakery and Madrid Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Throughout her career, Lundy’s music has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, The Washington Post, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Downbeat and Vanity Fair among many others. Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaimed January 25th “Carmen Lundy Day” and she received the keys to the City of Miami.

Lundy resides in Los Angeles, California.

Carmen Lundy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 12, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carmen Lundy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks about her maternal family ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy talks about Perrine, Florida and her grandparents' family market, barbershop and recreation center
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy talks about her mother singing with the Apostolic Singers church choir
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy describes her mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks about her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy describes her parents' occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about her family's reputation and relative wealth in the community of Perrine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy describes which parent she takes after most as well as her mother's character
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy describesthe family her mother worked for and how that led to piano lessons and attending the University of Miami
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy remembers visiting her father's second job at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy describes getting lost when walking home alone
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy describes her home life and her father's authoritarian parenting style
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy describes her community in Perrine, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy describes her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy talks about her experience at Miami Killian High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Carmen Lundy talks about her experience in the Miami Killian High School choral program and watching Barbara McNair perform on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy describes meeting Barbara McNair in Pasadena, California as an adult
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy describes her introduction to secular music as well as what black people were on television in the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks about playing piano in the chorus and performing as the duo, Steph and Trett
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy describes the musical influence of Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack and others
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy describes her introduction to jazz music and performing Roberta Flack's, 'Trying Times' in the Miami Killian Senior High School talent show
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy explains how she she was accepted into the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy talks about her experience at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida as an opera major
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks about starting a singing group with classmate David Roitstein and singing with Michael and Randy Brecker of The Brecker Brothers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about working at the Eden Rock Hotel on Miami Beach
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy talks about switching from majoring in opera to majoring in jazz
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Carmen Lundy remembers sitting in with Thad Jones and Mel Lewis at the Village Vanguard in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Carmen Lundy describes the Miami jazz scene in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy remembers her introduction to Ella Fitzgerald
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about Stevie Wonder's influence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy describes taking class with jazz educator Vince Lawrence Maggio at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy talks about Billie Holiday's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy talks about her introduction to Latin Jazz, Mayra Casales and singing background vocals for Ray Barretto in 1979
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy remembers her first apartment in New York City and being held at gunpoint by the person who subletted her the apartment
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy remembers singing Friday nights at Jazzmania her first year in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks about her relationship with conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdes and percussionist Mayra Casales
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about playing in a band with jazz pianist Walter Bishop, Jr.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy talks about recording her first record, 'Angelica,' with a group called Jasmine
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about putting a group together and working in New York's Greenwich Village
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks about her relationships with pianists Onaje Allan Gumbs, Harry Whitaker and performing her own compositions
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy talks about not being able to find work after the release of her first record, 'Good Morning Kiss,' in 1985, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy talks about recording a demo tape for Columbia Records in 1984
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy talks about her meeting with Columbia Records and losing her record deal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy talks about her meeting with Columbia Records and losing her record deal, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks about the release of her record, 'Good Morning Kiss,' under the independent record label Black Hawk
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about not being able to find work after the release of her first record, 'Good Morning Kiss,' in 1985, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy talks about being cast by HistoryMaker Donald McKayle in a European Broadway tour of 'Sophisticated Ladies,'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Carmen Lundy talks about her return from Europe to New York City in 1989 and recording the record, 'Night and Day,' with Sony Japan in 1986
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy talks about an article written about her in The Village Voice
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy remembers performing at Mikell's Jazz Club in New York City and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks about being cast in a pilot special for CBS
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy remembers performing in Los Angeles at The Red Sea and having to fight for compensation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy remembers performing in Los Angeles at The Red Sea and having to fight for compensation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy talks about becoming a visual artist
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy talks about the physicality of her performances and how she stays in shape
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy describes her songwriting process
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy describes her songwriting process and the inspiration behind her song, 'Quiet Times'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy describes writing 'Seventh Heaven,' after pianist Kenny Kirkland's death
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy talks about the release of her albums, 'Self -Portrait' and 'Old Devil Moon'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy remembers seeing jazz singer Betty Carter at the North Sea Jazz Festival
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy talks about Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead Program, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy talks about young jazz musicians
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy talks briefly about being signed to Justin Time Records
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy talks about establishing her own label, Afrasia Productions, in 2004 and the release of 'Jazz & The New Songbook Live at the Madrid Theater'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks briefly about her collaborations with percussionist Mayra Casales and pianist Geri Allen
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about a lack of appreciation for jazz artist's work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy talks about a lack of appreciation for jazz artist's work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Carmen Lundy describes her single, 'Grace,' about the transatlantic slave trade with Simphiwe Dana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Carmen Lundy describes recording her single, 'Grace,' about the transatlantic slave trade with Simphiwe Dana, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy describes recording her single, 'Grace,' about the transatlantic slave trade with Simphiwe Dana, pt. 3
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about the production of her album, 'Soul to Soul' and learning to play the guitar from bassist Chip Jackson
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks about the production of her album, 'Soul to Soul' and artists Patrice Rushen and others
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy talks about playing the guitar onstage
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy talks about her upcoming projects
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Carmen Lundy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Carmen Lundy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Carmen Lundy talks about her marriage and attitudes toward same-sex marriages
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Carmen Lundy talks about African Americans' current relationship to jazz
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Carmen Lundy addresses racial prejudice in contemporary America
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Carmen Lundy talks about her mother's approval and her father's disapproval of her career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Carmen Lundy talks about her mother's approval and her father's disapproval of her career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Carmen Lundy talks briefly about her work as a visual artist
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Carmen Lundy describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Carmen Lundy narrates her photographs