In addition to being one of the finest jazz pianists in the world, Judy Carmichael is a student and a scholar of her craft. The National Endowment for the Arts thinks so much of Carmichael’s breadth of knowledge of jazz piano history it provided her with a major grant to travel the country and teach college students about it.
But back to the music. Count Basie — yes, the real Count Basie — nicknamed a young Judy Carmichael “Stride” in admiration for her command of the physically and technically demanding stride style of jazz piano, which she mastered at a young age and has earned her Grammy nominations and the accolades of her peers in a very exclusive club.
In addition to touring the world, sharing the stage with the likes of Joel Grey and Michael Feinstein, appearing frequently on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and writing two books on stride piano along with numerous articles on the topic, Carmichael has been the host for two decades of the popular NPR radio program “Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired.” She is wearing us out!
Carmichael is the latest stellar performer in the Acadiana Center for Arts’ Jazz @ the Center series. She’ll take the stage at the James D. Moncus Theater at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. The series features jazz club-style table seating with cocktail service. It’s very, very cool. Table seating is $30 per person; $40 for VIP table seating.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.