Grace Kelly

Feb 13-17

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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, Hank Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Frank Morgan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson, Ann Hampton Callaway, Jerry Bergonzi, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dianne Reeves, Chris Potter, Adam Rogers, Christian Scott, Billy Hart, George Cables, Ronnie Matthews, Ray Drummond, Peter Bernstein, and James Cotton, among others.

Grace has performed around the world in many notable venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia 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) and in venues as far away as Tromso, Norway, Salzau, Germany and Seoul, Korea.

Media appearances include NPR “Day To Day”, NPR “Here and Now”, NPR “Piano Jazz”, “5 to Watch in 2009” WCVB TV, “Chronicle”, WGBH with Eric Jackson, XM Radio, WICN, KSFR, KCSM, CBS TV4, Fox 25 News, NECN, EBS Radio and EBS TV and numerous radio interviews. Featured in national media in U.S., Europe and Asia such as: LA Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Jazztitek, Chosun Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and many others.

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 arranged for the entire Pops orchestra, her first arrangement for an orchestra and strings. Grace also performed with Diane Reeves and the Boston Pops Orchestra.


"…broad tone and tenacious flow on the alto saxophone, clearly in possession of virtuoso talents… impressive singing voice, flitting among a range of styles."

"Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt that is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician."

"Jazz has had its share of prodigies over the years, as well as players—Miles Davis was one—who established their creative credentials while they were barely out of their teens. Few teenage horn players and even fewer who are female have drawn much attention in recent years, with the exception, that is, of 15 yr old alto saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly. Grace plays with stunning maturity and an extraordinary command of her instrument."

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