Judi Marie Canterino Swing Jazz Singer


Judi Marie Canterino

The Swing Jazz Singer


If Dreams Come True 

The Half Note Club was run by the Canterino brothers, Mike and Sonny, and their parents. They invited Lenny Tristano to the club to play, and they had a friendly relationship with Tristano, so much so that they would help him pick a piano. “I started Jazz music (at the club) because I was a great fan of the art,” said Michael Canterino, Judi Marie’s husand, and a jazz promoter. “The Half Note used to be a family restaurant. I got a Coca Cola box and put a singer on it for our first bandstand”.

Judi Marie was always involved with jazz music, and she was known for her unique and a  swing jazz style that is steeped in a rich Musical History. Judi Marie Canterino started her musical training at the age of seven with the classical piano. She used to perform at the Julliard School of Music through her thirteenth year but then turned her efforts to voice training classically through high school.

Judi Marie I was introduced with jazz at the age of 19 years old. She was so much interested in jazz singing that she visited the club and then became a regular the club. Judi Marie was introduced to the late Lennie Tristano who was a renowned jazz pianist and known to be a genius in is field. Judi Marie used to go to The Half Note Club on regular basis and develop a cordial bond with the family who owned the Half Note Club, It was a happy place and they shared good relationship with every customer and singer who visited the Half Note club. Judi Marie became a Canterino when got close with one of the Canterino brothers, Michael Canterino. Judi Marie  ended up marrying Mike Canterino the founder of the Half Note Club. 

When it was the early stages of her career, Judi Marie used to sit-in at The Half Note and sing with jazz greats like Zoot Sims, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Tate, Jimmy Rushing, Bud Johnson, Ross Tompkins, Milt Hinton, Doc Cheethum, Major Holly, Al Cohen, Roy Eldridge, Bobby Hackett, Jim Rushing and many more.

She learned under the mentorship of many great musicians, and she has been under the influence of many great singers as well, including Sinatra, Jimmy Rushing, Anita O’ Day, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and Maxine Sullivan.  

In 1961-62, Judie Marie studied jazz again with Tristano, but she became a mother and performed her motherly duties with devotion. The Swing Jazz Singer stopped performing for many years while she raised her son, Michael Jr.  She still made time to  perform at Scarborough Fair’s Restaurant and Marketplace with John Colliano on piano, Russel George on Electric Violin, and Jerry Bruno on bass fiddle.  Judi Marie Canterino shared the stage in 1969 with Judy Garland in Greenwich Village at the Half Note club; as it turned out later, it was Garland’s final public appearance s Garland died shortly after this performance.

Judie Marie, however, kept on singing, and she filled the Scarborough Fair’s Restaurants & Marketplace in Bronxville on Friday night with her sweet singing of jazz music. Judi Marie  was a fan favorite, so she kept coming back. John Byrne, who owned one of the most popular restaurant and gourmet shop at the 65 Ponfield Road since 1987, said that she was loved by people, and that is why she was  always called back by him.  

Judi Marie used to appear regularly at Scarborough Fair’s Restaurant & Marketplace with her Half Note club All-stars for almost many years. Judi Marie the Swing Jazz Singer used to appear on Thursdays at Zio Cocconato in Larchmont and Saturdasy in Saxon Grill in White Plains on weekly basis. Judi Marie appeared in a jazz program at the Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack.

“Judi Marie just has a very cool sound, terrific to listen to especially on hot summer night,” said Jim Moore of Yonkers, who was a fan and a friend. “Judi Marie brings back the sounds of the old jazz greats,” he added. Judi Marie kept on singing professionally while she was a child and also when she was an adult for more than eight decades. Judi Marie Canterino the Swing Jazz Singer is still performing Today. 

Jussi Marie the Last of the swing Jazz singers, has sang with a number of legends of the past, including Tony Bennett, Anita O’Day, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney (Judi Marie Canterino was George Clooney’s aunty).

Judie Marie Canterino was singing in the Half Note club one night when Garland came there to listen to O’Day, which was her friend. “She just walked up to the stage and decided she wanted to sit in and sing a number,” told Canterino, a resident of the Riverdale section of the Bronx for 30 years. “She was very weak. Her legs were like toothpicks, I had to help her get on stage.” Garland had a love for music, and she made it to the microphone, and the band started playing the notes from “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was Garland’s signature song from the 1989 classic, “The Wizard of Oz.” It was joint performance of Garland and Canterino before she was helped off the stage, and a few weeks later, Garland died in London. “It turned out to be her last appearance,” told Canterino.

Judi Marie used to love singing and never stopped, but it became a vocational thing as she sang with Teddy Wilson at Café Loup, Roy Eldridge at Jimmy Ryan’s, and Joe Venuti at Micheal’s Pub during the 70s. She was asked to sing with guitarist Joe Puma in 1989. This became a pattern of more regular activity. Judi Marie worked at the New York Hilton for three years and then appeared at the Fortune Garden with the like of Doc Chatham, Warren Vache, and Scott Hamilton. Then the venues changed into Trumpets, Shanghi  Jazz, La Bell Epoque, The Cupping Room, Michael Feinstein’s Room, the Kirano Jazz Club, the Indian Road Café. Other venues included New York Hilton, Montclari NJ, Struggles in NJ, New York’s Fortune Garden Pavilion, and Trio’s in Riverdale, NY.

Judi Marie was professionally associated to some of the great people related to jazz, including Steve Lamatina, Jerry Bruno, Jon Bunch, Conal Fowkes, Ted Firth, Kenny Daverne, Tony Careleo, Red Richards, Bucky Pizzarelli, Spanky Davis, Phil Bodner, Joe Cozuzzo, Mark Shane, Clark Terry, Chuck Folds, Norman Simmons, Scott Hamilton and Warren Vache are just to name a few. Her voice has been heard on international radio.

Judi Marie now dedicates all her performances to her late husband, Mike Canterino, with all her love. Some of her evergreens songs include “If Dreams Come True,” “Thou Swell,” “East of the Sun'” and “Bye Bye Blues.” It was phenomenal for everyone included in the performance, like the dynamite duo of father and the son Bucky and John Pizzarelli and Judi on the ‘orchestra.’

I only heard her sporadically and not heard in a long time recently. Her singing was neither too impressive nor too flat for me. When she sent me her first  CD you are now looking at or reading about or even listening too, I placed it in my player. I had really enjoyed it. It was an epiphany which I never experienced before, and I knew that she was a swing Jazz singer who sings from the heart and had knowledge and experience fused into the real article.

Some of the numbers she’s expected to perform in her rounded mezzo voice include jazz versions of, “Lady Be Good,” The You and Me That Used to Be,” “London by Night,” and “Foolin’ Myself,” which she said she learned directly from Billie Holiday one of the legends of jazz.

“Jazz is one of the musical forms that goes on and on forever,” she said. “Other styles have come along and put it in the background like rock ‘n’ roll did for many years. Now jazz is back as good as ever” and Judi Marie the Swing Jazz Singer is still singing today   

The Half Note NFT: Take ownership of special moments in Jazz history

As Jazz lovers, the Half Note Jazz Club and its founder Mike Canterino hold a special place in our hearts. This iconic club comes with a rich history and stories to tell. To celebrate and share Mike’s passion and dedication to Jazz music, the Canterino family is bringing something innovative to the NFT game. The family is offering something special to all Jazz lovers globally through The Half Note Jazz Club (THNJC) Foundation.

The foundation now offers a series of Mike Canterino and the Half Note digital music and art for auction. With this THNJC NFT, Jazz lovers can acquire a wide range of original content, including rare and never-seen-before pictures of Mike Canterino. These rarities capture unique moments in the Half Note’s illustrious history. The Half Note NFT offers you ultra-rare pieces with airtight proof of ownership and bragging rights!

The Half Note’s NFT Offering

For years, the THNJC foundation has been looking for innovative ways to give all music lovers and collectors more access to rarities that capture Mike Canterino’s life and love for Jazz. The rise of non-fungible tokens in 2021 provides a safe and secure channel for the foundation to offer rare digital music and art for auction. The THNJC NFT leverages Oracle-powered randomness to allow for digital downloads of rarities with blockchain-based proof of ownership. Oracle powers several NFT platforms that require provably random inputs for distributing unique digital music and art collectibles. Currently, theHalfNoteJazzClub.comhas the Oracle sync and accepts multiple cryptos at checkout. The foundation is also planning to auction digital art and music on other NFT websites.

THNJC Digital Music and Art Auction!

With THNJC’s non-fungible token, Jazz lovers and collectors can purchase ownership of rare sites photos and images of Mike Canterino in the form of a unique digital token living on a blockchain. In this first NFT round, the foundation is offering three digital music and art rarities for auction.

The Premier of Original Art of Jimmy Rushing

The Half Note Jazz Club was one of the coolest and popular nightclubs in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. Located in Hudson & Spring Street, this iconic club featured renowned musicians regularly. “We had strong names — John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Lennie Tristano, and Zoot Sims were the best,” said Sonny Canterino in a 1973 interview with the New York Times. Sometimes, legends like Jimmy Rushing just dropped by unannounced. The foundation is offering one ultra-rare NFT of Jimmy Rushing’s original art for auction. This rarity art captures a sentimental moment in the legend’s life.


Rushing, aka Mr. Five by Five, was a renowned singer and pianist from Oklahoma best known for hits like “Harvard Blues” and “Going to Chicago” with Count Basie’s Orchestra. Popular songs of the time incorporated Rushing’s rotund build in their lyrics. One hit song for Harry James described the icon as “he’s five feet tall, and he’s five feet wide,” the origin of the name “Mr. Five by Five.” This digital art for auction captures all these sentimental qualities of the legendary pianist.

Among blues singers, Rushing was “the daddy of them all.” You can see this quality in this original sketch. This world-famous piece of art is the only physical collection to be auctioned in the first THNJC NFT round. To own a nostalgic moment in Jimmy Rushing’s life and love for music, get this rarity art NOW!

Mike Canterino with Duke Ellington

New York City became the epicenter for jazz music from the roaring ‘20s to the ’70s. The coolest NYC nightclubs like the Half Note nurtured legends. In the ‘50s and ‘60s, the Half Note was one of the top places to listen to jazz icons and NYC’s original Swing Street, where figures like Duke Ellington retreated after hours.

During this period, Mike Canterino made friends and interacted with musicians, including Ellington. One NFT digital art and music on auction is a picture that captured this friendship in a sentimental moment in the history of Jazz music.


Ellington is widely considered a pivotal figure in jazz history. He wrote over one thousand compositions, with an extensive recorded personal jazz legacy. This non-fungible token for auction brings together the illustrious life stories of Duke Ellington and Mike Canterino. The picture captures their dedication, love, and passion for jazz music. This NFT rarity for digital download offers you a unique opportunity to own a part of a nostalgic moment in music history. To take ownership of this once-in-a-lifetime moment in time, get this RARITY NOW!

Mike Canterino with Tony Bennett

What do Mike Canterino and Tony Bennett have in common? Well, they both fell in love with jazz at an early age and served in the military. After completing their service, Mike founded the Half Note Jazz Club, and Bennett became a jazz icon with his classy, unhurried ballads. Bennett is a 19-time Grammy winner, while Mike Canterino built the iconic Half Note club with passion and love. One rarity offered in THNJC’s Digital Art and Music Auction captures a moment in the two men’s musical journey.


This sentimental picture of Mike Canterino and Tony Bennett brings to life the two men’s charm and love for music. It highlights how Mike and Bennett interacted on a personal level and worked towards their dreams. The content on their work board in the background gives you a peek into the evolution of Jazz. This rarity holds a special place in the hearts of music lovers. To own this nostalgic moment in jazz history, buy this rarity NOW!

Why Buy these Rarities for Auction?

The THNJC NFT gives you access and ownership rights to unique moments in the musical history and the illustrious life of Mike Canterino and other legends. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity also offers you bragging rights for purchasing rare original images with immense sentimental value in the music world. You can also buy these rarities to support the THNJC Foundation and celebrate Mike Canterino’s passion and contribution to jazz music. We are currently working on the content and the THNJC.com logo for rarity.


Like any other rarity art, THNJC’s NFT digital art and music auction offer lucrative investment opportunities. All THNJC’s rarities are in the bull market, with rising prices and sustained investor confidence. Whether you love music or seek a profit, take advantage of this bullish market to enjoy a high-return investment. You can buy these rarities NOW as speculative assets and then resell them for a lot more in a few months. With the ever-increasing popularity of NFTs, you can make a profit by purchasing Jimmy Rushing’s sketch or Mike Canterino’s photos with a legend.

The Half Note has tons of original rarity art and pictures to offer. We will be offering more NFT digital art and music auction in the coming months. So, visit theHalfNoteJazzClub.comregularly to stay up-to-date on upcoming NFT offerings, auctions, and digital downloads.