As longtime chanteuse with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, JULIA RICH has performed across the Americas and around the globe: from Iceland to Brazil, from the Hollywood Bowl to Lincoln Center, from the World’s Fair in Seville to Orchard Hall in Tokyo. She appears on several Glenn Miller Orchestra recordings and videos and has five solo albums on the Cardinal label. Julia’s renditions of both jazz standards and original songs can be heard on radio and as a regular feature of TV’s Music Choice: Singers and Swing alongside such greats as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall and Paul McCartney.
Julia specializes in Jazz Standards from the Great American Songbook spiced with not only her Originals but also a bit of Vintage Pop. For Booking a performance or clinic, please use the CONTACT page. For Vocal Coaching, click the COACHING tab above.
The JUKEBOX can be manipulated at the top of the page (faint to see). You can turn it OFF or scroll through to your favorites. The playlist: If I Spoke French – The Irises - Halloween Birthday – Moonshine in Nashville – You Turned the Tables on Me – Two Afternoons in December – I Will – They Can’t Drive You Crazy if You Don’t Get in the Car – My First Love – At Last – Boyfriends – The Pirate. Almost all are Julia’s original compositions, arranged by Tony Migliore.
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra’s latest CD, TIMELESS, is now available at glennmillerorchestra.com. Recorded live in the studio and directed by Nick Hilscher, it features Nick Hilscher, Julia Rich, and the Moonlight Serenaders. Julia sings on several tracks including A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Chattanooga Choo Choo and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Already a fan favorite, this compilation is a treat. The band has such energy and the sound is out of this world!
NEWS FROM THE ROAD by John Tyler – “March 2014 brought at least one large change to the look and sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Vocalist Julia Rich has retired for the fourth, and possibly the last time. For those fans who have followed the GMO over the past 25 years, they know Ms. Rich as the consummate professional who has brought much more to the Glenn Miller Orchestra than the class and style of her stage presence and vocal styling. Julia’s commitment to the overall presentation of The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra cannot be questioned; she kept the bar set high, and her imprint will be with us for a long time.”
“Larry O’Brien considers Julia Rich to be one of the best Glenn Miller vocalists ever”: excerpt from the book Chattanooga Choo Choo: The Life and Times of the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra by Richard Grudens
“A pure straight-forward singer of the tasteful school of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae who looks as good as she sounds”: Jack Ellsworth – legendary New York DJ (friend of Sinatra)
“Julia Rich shows an allegiance to the big band forms of the ‘40s and ‘50s but also proves to be a very intelligent songwriter who can come up with a lot of witty tunes about love and life, such as ‘If I Spoke French’ and ‘Boyfriends’ ”: Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine
“Julia…I was writing and editing…(for the Sinatra Singing Book) and on you came singing ‘In the Wee Small Hours’…on television’s MUSIC CHOICE. You really sing that song better than any other gal vocalist”: Richard Grudens – Author, Big Band Historian
“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Julia perform on many different occasions through the years, and she’s always the consummate PRO. Her distinctive style comes from her varied experiences, and her ability to communicate with an audience is truly EXPERT”: Buddy DeFranco – NEA Jazz Master
“When I think of a true professional, my thoughts immediately go to Julia Rich. Her understanding of music, singing, entertaining, and the music business is unmatched. She has a solid work ethic that has certainly contributed to her success, from her years touring with the Glenn Miller Orchestra to her large recording output, including a great number of compositions and creative lyrics that showcase another side of her artistry. I would work with Julia any day…and am enriched that so much of my professional life has been side-by-side with THE CHANTEUSE”: Nick Hilscher – Music Director, The Glenn Miller Orchestra
The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra continues to put audiences “In the Mood” with year-round touring. For info and itinerary, visit www.glennmillerorchestra.com.