Born: November 21, 1954
Kathy Kelly has been playing the vibes professionally since 1979 when she made her debut performing in Chicago-area jazz clubs.
A Different Vibe is Kelly's debut CD featuring twelve original jazz compositions. Featured along with Kelly on the CD are guitarist John McLean, bassist Dan DeLorenzo, and drummer Jim Widlowski.
A review in Cadence magazine says of Kelly, She stretches out with a fluid improvisational style that combines coolness with intricate details. Jazzreview.com praises the CD, saying, This is a spunky, lively, feel-good collection of original songs... A Different Vibe is a winner, excellent. Kelly uses her original jazz compositions to showcase the vibes and lend the group a distinctive sound. Influences from Jazz artists (Thelonious Monk, Eddie Harris, Gary Burton) as well as world music (African, Brazilian, Latin and Middle Eastern) can be heard in her varied compositions. Kelly's tunes have a strong tie with musical tradition; listeners often comment that the tunes sound familiar on the first listening....