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New Artists You Should Know About: Grace Kelly
July 29, 2008

Instructor: Loren Schoenberg

Grace Kelly is a saxophonist, singer songwriter, composer/arranger from Brookline, Massachusetts. Having studied saxophone since the age of ten, she is rapidly making her way up in the jazz music world. Grace’s talents far outstrip others her age. Now just sixteen, Grace has already recorded and/or performed with many notable musicians: Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Frank Morgan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jerry Bergonzi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Diane Reeves, Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Christian Scott, Billy Hart, George Cables, Winard Harper, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland and James Cotton, among others.

Grace has performed in many notable venues in the U.S. and Europe such as Carnegie Hall, Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola, Scullers Jazz Club, Regatta Bar, Dakota Jazz Club, Kennedy Center, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, Blues Alley, Newport Blues Café, Boston Symphony Hall, Jazz Standard, Pabst Theater, 50th Grammy Awards (After party), Jazz Bakery, (LA) Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, (Kennedy Center). Grace has performed as far away as Tromso, Norway, and Seoul, Korea.

Grace appeared as special guest artist for two nights with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops 2007 Jazz Series. One of the selections Grace performed was her award winning composition “Every Road I Walked” which she also arranged for the entire Pops orchestra. It was her first arrangement for an orchestra and strings. Grace also performed with Diane Reeves and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Grace is also an award winning recording artist, with five CD’s as a leader. “Dreaming” (2005), “Times Too” (2005), and “Every Road I Walked” (2006) with two more releases as a leader scheduled for 2008: “GracefulLee” with Lee Konitz, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson and Russell Malone and “Mood Changes,” with Doug Johnson, John Lockwood, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, with special guests Adam Rogers and Hal Crook. Grace is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation 2008 Young Jazz Composers Award for the composition “101.”

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