Geordie Kelly


Chicago guitarist, Geordie Kelly, has been described as a first- class, gifted guitarist and composer (Vic Juris). He has been privileged to share the stage with artists such as Ed Calle, Bobby Shew, Phil DeGreg, Maureen McGovern, Antonio Onorato, Pietro Condorelli and Aldo Farias in Naples, Italy, Frank Mantooth, Bob Bowman, Ritchie Cole, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Turtle Island String Quartet, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln City Jazz Orchestra. He was also a founding member and performer with the jazz combo “Skipjack Trio” in The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

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Scott Yanow, one of the most renowned jazz critics of all time, took the time to write this article about my CD. It is available on his web site, and in the June 07 issue of the Los Angeles Jazz Scene.

”Geordie F.O. Kelly has a quiet sound on the guitar and an introverted style that is subtle and sophisticated. On Triple Play, which was recorded in Virginia Beach, Virginia, he interacts with bassist Peter VenDeReit and drummer Christopher Koroshetz. The group performs six of Kelly’s intriguing originals, a version of “Doxy” that humorously alters a few of the melody notes, a rendition of “It Could Happen To You” that has an extension in each chorus, and a solo guitar showcase on “Beautiful Love.” While none of the musicians are household names, they are talented players, especially Geordie F.O

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GEORDIE KELLY EDUCATION University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY MA Music Theory/Jazz Studies 1999 Master’s Thesis: “The Idiom of Joe Pass: Elements in the Construction of Selected Guitar Solos” Honors: Cum Laude East Carolina University, Greenville, NC BM Music Theory 1994 Navy School of Music, Norfolk VA Navy Enlisted Code (NEC) 3851/Band Director 2006 Areas of Concentration: Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Music Administration/Planning, and Conducting Technical Training Center, Pensacola, FL 2002 Certificate in Basic Instructor Training-Automated Electronic Classroom AWARDS Instructor of the Year, Navy School of Music 2006 Sailor (Musician) of the Year, Navy School of Music 2004 Master Training Specialist, Navy School of Music 2003 TEACHING EXPERIENCE Armed Forces School of Music Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo Instructor 2002-2005 Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades Navy School of Music Contemporary Guitar 2006-2007 Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades University of Kentucky Teaching Assistant to Dick Domek, PhD in Music Theory, 1995-1996 Sight Singing, and Ear Training Taught lower level undergraduate theory and ear training, collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including final exam papers RELATED EXPERIENCE Bandmaster/Officer-in-Charge Navy Music Program 2008-2018 Commissioned officer-in-charge of Navy bands, technical manager in music field and in administering the Navy Music Program, employing a broad knowledge of: instrumental/vocal techniques, band administration, musical techniques, theories and literature, and procurement, distribution, maintenance, repair, inventory of equipment. Bandmaster/Director 2008-2018 Music Director: certified to plan and direct Navy music and band activities; develops musical programs, including composing, arranging, and scoring of music; conducts rehearsals/performances; procures musical instruments/supplies; organizes orchestras from band personnel for social functions; instructs personnel to improve musical proficiency; drills band for parades/ceremonies. Guitar Instrumentalist 1997-2008 Navy Music Program; worldwide Freelance Guitar Instrumentalist, Composer, Recording Artist 1985-Present Freelance performer, all genres, with one recording as leader, two as a sideman

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