Julie Hardy

Jazz Times critic Christopher Loudon states that “Hardy lives, like [Kurt] Elling and [Bobby] McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.”

With one step into the world of Julie Hardy, it is clear that she is not a typical jazz singer. The Wish, her new release on World Culture Music (September 2007), shows us a highly trained composer, improviser and re-inventor of jazz standards, backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best young jazz talent.

Through a diverse program of wordless originals and re-workings of timeless standards, Hardy has developed a sound that is truly unique and honest. She aims to tell a story with or without lyrics and she carefully chooses repertoire based on a strong, personal connection. “Arranging is a way of making standards my own and connecting to the song.” Hardy's unique and modern approach puts a fresh spin on the standards she sings, helping to bring them into the here and now instead of looking back towards the past. “I chose the songs on this record because they move me and not because it is expected of me as a jazz singer.”

Julie is backed by a spectacular collection of some of New York's best jazz talents including Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone), Ben Monder (guitar) Sam Sadigursky (soprano and tenor saxophones), Randy Ingram (piano), Matt Clohesy (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums).

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December 01, 2007

Julie Hardy Boston CD Celebration at Ryles Jazz Club

October 24, 2007

Julie Hardy at Louis 649 - Sunday, October 28

October 15, 2007

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September 18, 2007

World Culture Music Presents: Julie Hardy, Live at the Jazz Standard,...

September 04, 2007

Vocalist/Composer Julie Hardy Live at the Jazz Standard in Celebration...

August 15, 2007

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May 06, 2007

Julie Hardy at Cornelia Street, May 10th with John Ellis, Randy Ingram,...

March 21, 2007

Julie Hardy at Sweet Rhythm, Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

January 01, 2007

Julie Hardy at 55 Bar, Wednesday, January 3rd from 7-9PM

August 13, 2006

Julie Hardy at Bar Next Door with Brad Shepik, Monday, August 21st

August 03, 2006

Julie Hardy at Smoke, Sunday August 6th at 6pm & 7pm

July 02, 2006

Julie Hardy @ Cornelia Street Cafe, Tuesday, July 11th

April 17, 2006

Julie Hardy @ La Lanterna / Bar Next Door With Ben Monder, guitar and...

March 28, 2006

Julie Hardy at Night and Day April 1st

“...Inspirationally, [Julie Hardy is] at home with Kurt Elling or Bobby McFerrin, painting eloquent tone poems and vibrant scat-framed landscapes as she wanders wherever imagination and keen intelligence lead. Eight tracks shape Hardy's A Moment's Glance (Fresh Sound New Talent), divided equally between ingenious covers (including a superb- ly introspective “Haunted Heart” and a stridently urgent “It's All Right With Me”) and perpsicacious originals (most notably the angulary romantic title track and euphoric “Growing”)...Hardy lives, like Elling and McFerrin, in a musical world of her own, and it is a marvelously dynamic place.”

- Christopher Loudon
JazzTimes (June 2005)

Julie Hardy’s debut CD, A Moment’s Glance, introduced a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands: candlelit standards (”My Romance”), repurposed pop hits (”And I Love Him”), effortless improvisation and a strong writer’s pen...We’re eager to hear what comes next.
-Steve Smith, TimeOut New York (March 2007)

“...Hardy's voice is acrobatic and pliable but she doesn't rub her formidable skills in your face, delivering the words in a tone that is often soft and impressionistic as Luciana Souza

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The Wish

The Wish

World Culture Music

A Moment's Glance

A Moment's Glance

Fresh Sound New Talent



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