Miss Maybell & The Jazz Age Artistes, some of New York City’s best jazz players of vintage, hot jazz, blues and ragtime music will perform on Monday, July 1 at 7:00 pm at the York Street Meeting House in Lyndon.. The trio is comprised of Miss Maybell the bandleader, vocalist, and washboard player, Kaia Updike on violin, and Charlie Judkins on piano. Miss Maybell & the Jazz Age Artistes, have been playing several of the most high end supper clubs and luxury hotels in Manhattan, they have also played legendary bohemian haunts in Brooklyn such as The Jalopy Theater.
Charlie Judkins is a practitioner of ragtime, traditional jazz and blues piano. He began playing piano in 1997 at age six. In 2007, he was introduced to the music of Jelly Roll Morton and immediately began studying traditional ragtime and blues piano. Kaia Updike played violin, keyboards, bass and flute for “Lex Grey and the Urban Pioneers” from 2012 -2018, providing tracks to the latest two of the band’s seven original albums. She attributes her love of tradjazz to her father, (a stride piano player) and is influenced by Stephane Grappelli and Stuff Smith.
Miss Maybell is a one of a kind contralto singer, musician, and band leader specializing in a classic vintage jazz, and blues sound. Miss Maybell recently sang with the award winning jazz band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (who famously did the soundtrack for the HBO Series Boardwalk Empire). Miss Maybell has played shows and Festivals all around New England and in New York City. Her music has been featured on Dan Aykroyd’s Blues Radio Program “Blues Breaker”. She was also awarded by New Hampshire Magazine “Best of N.H. 2016”, for Best Americana Music!
According to New Hampshire Magazine, “Miss Maybell plays banjo and taps her steel brushes on a tricked-out washboard. She also commands an impressive kazoo, but the secret weapon they unleash is Maybell’s vocals — deep and strong enough to join an angel choir with the likes of Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday.”