“Slick,” says The Dallas Morning News of jazz singer Judy Chamberlain and her decade-spanning repertoire.
Los Angeles and Dallas jazz singer Judy Chamberlain is the real deal, an old-fashioned society bandleader who provides live music for weddings, parties and corporate events. With her extraordinary Los Angeles and Dallas bands, she blends elegance and excitement for incomparable wedding, private party and corporate entertainment.
Chamberlain’s classy, updated arrangements of thousands of 1920′s, 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s songs are a modern vintage mix of Old Hollywood glamour and Rat Pack spontaneity.
With her jazz band, swing band, wedding band and big band orchestra, she brings The Roaring Twenties, The Swing Era, Great American Songbook standards, doo-wop, rock & roll oldies and a century of Broadway and movie music to life for contemporary audiences.
Performing at high-profile Dallas, Ft. Worth, Highland Park, Southlake, Westlake, McKinney, Allen, Tyler, San Antonio, Houston, Waco, Austin, Los Angeles, Malibu, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Spanish Hills, Santa Barbara, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Hollywood and Palm Springs celebrity weddings, parties, society galas and corporate events, Chamberlain takes live music for weddings and parties into the stratosphere.
Her musicians have toured and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, The Commodores, The Platters, The Drifters, The Coasters, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight, Gloria Gaynor, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Herbie Hancock, Paul McCartney, Bette Midler, Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Natalie Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett, Michael Buble, Stan Kenton, The Count Basie Orchestra and The Tonight Show Band, to name just a few.
The people who hire Judy Chamberlain not only love The Great American Songbook…some of them actually wrote it!
“Jazz singer Judy Chamberlain solidly affirms the music’s far-reaching, continuing vitality.” Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Judy and her jazz combos, swing bands and jazz orchestra are not “cover bands” or a typical “party bands.” They are in an entirely different league, and play an enormous variety of music with entertaining “in the moment” spontaneity. A gracious M/C, Judy has entertained at the weddings and parties of high-profile celebrities, musicians, composers, dignitaries and statesmen for more than two decades.
With an uncanny knack for playing exactly the right song at the right time, she can transport you to a place you know and love – even if you’ve never been there before.
Chamberlain honors the music the composers wrote, sets great dance tempos and generally stirs up a lot of action. Party guests respond to her antics with great glee. Not an imitation of anyone else, Chamberlain is purely an original. And while you’ve heard her musicians on many hit records, they’re not imitating anyone either.
Bands like this don’t really exist anymore, except perhaps in the movies.
It’s no coincidence that many of Judy’s clients are entertainers themselves.
“Name a song and she’ll sing it. A huge repertoire testifies to singer Judy Chamberlain’s first love: jazz.” Dallas Morning News Dallas Morning News
“Singer/bandleader Judy Chamberlain has mastered the art of mesmerizing both the audience and her own band.” All-Music Guide
A critically-acclaimed interpreter of The Great American Songbook, Chamberlain brings her own swinging style to the Prohibition Era, Swing, standards and mid-century American popular music introduced by artists like Frank Sinatra, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Armstrong, The Boswell Sisters, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, Dion and The Belmonts, The Beatles, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, The Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas, Paul Anka and many others.
If Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rogers & Hart, Rogers & Hammerstein, George & Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mandel, Johnny Mercer, Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen or Hoagy Carmichael wrote it, you can bet it’s in her repertoire!
She also adores anything associated with Audrey Hepburn and cinema noir movies.
Guests at weddings and events often think they’re listening to a CD until they make their way through the ballroom, look up at the stage and realize it’s a live band.
“I don’t know how she recalls this stuff, because she’s too young.” Al Rudis, Long Beach Press Telegram
“Frank Sinatra never did anything the same way twice. You’re just like the ‘Old Man,’ cookie.” Al Viola
Legendary studio guitarist Al Viola, a mainstay of the Frank Sinatra band from 1955 to 1983 who worked with Judy for a decade before his death in 2007 was fond of pointing out similarities between Chamberlain and Sinatra, whom he affectionately called “the old man.”
“Judy takes care of business and sings the hell out of a tune the way he did,” said Viola. “She can come out of nowhere and take the pickup on the song — no warning — and the band is instantly with her because she gives great signals. I love working with her, because I’m never bored.”
A fourth-generation musician and native New Yorker named “one of the top jazz singers of all time” by author Scott Yanow, Chamberlain has been featured on E! Entertainment, The Style Network, ABC’s “The Bachelor” and in The Playboy Jazz Festival.
“Judy Chamberlain is a walking encyclopedia of The Great American Songbook.” Chuck Niles, Pacific Public Radio’s K-JAZZ 88.1 FM
“Look at all these people, having the time of their lives,” Al Viola said to Judy one night.
“And you were here, Cookie.”
Which pretty much sums up how we feel about what we do. We, indeed, have been there. It’s our joy – and an honor and privilege – to help you celebrate your most cherished occasions.
A full-service wedding, party, concert and corporate entertainment boutique based in Dallas, Texas and with a longtime presence on the West Coast, Judy Chamberlain Entertainment provides live music for weddings, parties and events in Texas, California and throughout the USA.
Everything we do is carefully handcrafted to give you a very special experience, with music as an integral part of the occasion. Our clients tell us that what they thought was going to be the hardest thing about their wedding or party – the music – suddenly became the easiest once they found us. Whether you’re a bride, groom or family member planning a once-in-a-lifetime wedding, a first-time party host or an experienced wedding coordinator or event planner, it’s our goal to make you look like a star!
“Hi from Toronto…you were awesome in Palm Springs, one of the best in the biz!” Naz Melconian, Videographer
Judy Chamberlain sings ‘At Last’ better than Etta James.” Shari Lightstone, Phoenix, AZ
“I LOVE YOU JUDY CHAMBERLAIN!” Jonne-Marie Switzler, Manager/Playboy Jazz Festivals
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