Women in Jazz Festival
JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER
DIZZY's CLUB COCA COLA
33 West 60th Street, New York NY
Dino Losito, piano
Neal Miner, bass
Joe Strasser, drums
Celebrating the Release of Her New CD Born To Swing Amherst Records AM24422
She swings, the band swings, the arrangements swing, the toe (well, my toe) taps, and Ms. Kelly takes command of each song--bending it to her will. We're not dealing with some bunch of rookies here, folks--Ms. Kelly (and the band) are pros"--Doug Boyton GirlSingers.com
Miss Kelly has paid her dues in the jazz genre, and as a result she has developed into one of the major forces in this idiom, perhaps the best of them all. She has honed her craft in jazz clubs the world over. Kelly's range is high wide and handsome, her phrasing is impeccable and she scats joyfully, correctly and gives new meaning to the word hip. Nancy Kelly is the real deal and your ears will bear witness to that"--John Gilbert EjazzNews.com
About Nancy Kelly
Kelly's refined stage presence, style, grace, and the ability to quickly capture the emotions of her audience isn't the only thing that places Nancy in a league of her own--the lady was born to swing, and she means business.
Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New York, Nancy studied piano, clarinet, drama and dance with private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School of Music.
During her thirty-plus year career she has honed her trademark swing/ bop take no prisoners style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland, from Turkey to her 3 tours of Japan.
Nancy appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note, Birdland and The Rainbow Room. She works frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals, and symphony orchestra engagements across the country.
DownBeat magazine's reader's poll voted Kelly the title of best female jazz vocalist" two years in a row.
All of Miss Kelly's accomplishments and accolades are testament to the fact that a great jazz voice doesn't happen overnight. More than any other instrument the voice gains its resonance and soulfullness from the life experiences of the body that surrounds it. To paraphrase Bird--If you haven't lived it isn't going to come out of your horn.
Nancy Kelly has lived it.