Voices in Flight
Label: GAM Records
Questions and Answers (Play Pen); Ditto; With You (Orange Blossoms) - Body and Soul; You (Hum); Beloved; Beginner; Looking Back (Reflections); Soaring (Lotus Blossom); Haperchance; Eagle Poem; He's A Man (Sagittarius); Like Water Off A Stray Dog; Badadadat; Wondering.
New York City is the center of many worlds, the jazz world being one of them, and
musicians have always felt the pull of the Big Apple. In 1977, California-born
vocalist Judy Niemack’s improvisation teacher, saxophonist Warne Marsh, told her
to move there if she wanted to be a jazz singer, and once she did, she never looked
back. Niemack’s experiences in New York shaped her career and life, and by the
early 80’s she realized her dream—to be professional jazz singer. However, in
order to have a career as a jazz singer, it was necessary to perform abroad, and this
led to her move to Europe in 1992, where she resided in Brussels and later in
Berlin, teaching vocal jazz and performing.
The album “Voices In Flight" is the result of her collaboration with veteran vocalist Jay Clayton, a brilliant and highly influential improviser and teacher. Judy and Jay met in the late 1970s on New York City's vibrant music scene. At the time, Jay was performing avant-garde and experimental music in the jazz lofts and Judy had just arrived from California, making her debut at the Village Vanguard with Warne Marsh. Judy was on the lookout for inspired vocal improvisers and Jay fit the bill— a singer with her own sound, a free approach to improvising and an authentic way with a story. Over the years their friendship grew deeper and they became a source of inspiration for each other.
- Voices in Flight by Katchie Cartwright