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Judith Owen

Born into a Welsh musical family living in London, Judith Owen grew up surrounded by classical music, ballet, theatre, and the fine arts.  Owen was exposed by her parents to many jazz icons and Broadway musicals, and that mixture would become her signature sound. Owen began performing at different venues around London, where her unique sound fusing classical/jazz/musical theatre soon landed her a regular gig at Ronnie Scott’s.
The latest iteration of Judith Owen began with the arrival of her 13th album, Come On & Get It. It is rooted in her childhood fascination with the music of some of the brassiest women of the Jazz and Blues world, including the unsung trailblazers Nellie Lutcher and Julia Lee, whom she discovered hidden on the shelves of her father’s record collection.
Captivated and enchanted by these “unapologetic” chantoosies of the 40’s/50’s (along with Pearl Bailey, Dinah Washington, Blossom Dearie, Peggy Lee, Julie London), Owen made it her mission to dig deep and find out more. 
“I feel it is the most uplifting and empowering music I’ve ever done,” says Judith.  With The London Times calling it “one of the most joyous releases of the year,” it garnered support from flagship Jazz radio stations Jazz FM in the UK, TSF in France and NPR in the US.
Owen kicked off 2023 performing to thrilled audiences at sold out shows in Paris and Milan, followed by two ‘home-coming’ performances for the New Orleans Jazz Fest and a 5-night residency at New York’s McKittrick Hotel. She headed back to Europe for a series of summer festivals before she ’tore the roof off’ London’s Jazz Cafe in a packed-out show hosted by Jazz FM.  
Accompanied by her New Orleans All-Star Band The Gentleman Callers, Owen’s live show “...lights up the room. In a snap of her fingers, she takes her audience with her…with a naturalness that is almost divine.” [Toute la Culture] NY critic Roger Friedman exclaimed, “If you love real music, you can’t miss this show.”