Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

Instrument: Saxophone, alto | Location: New York City

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.
—Wynton Marsalis

Updated: February 8, 2020

Born: May 15, 1992

As Grace Kelly defiantly reminds us on The Other One, a standout number from her upcoming

Album, Trying To Figure It Out, she’s not looking to be like anyone else. “Got my own thing,” she sings over the song’s urban, trance-like groove. Although the singer and saxophone player has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike as a jazz musician, the track’s exhilarating chorus, haunting keyboard hook and brittle electro edge show an artist interested only in playing what she loves labels be damned.

While a current Kelly concert might delight jazz purists with Great American Songbook standards, it could just as easily inspire mainstream listeners with Gracei-fied takes on the likes of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Coldplay’s Magic or Sia’s Chandelier.

But whatever the style, the 23-year-old seven-time winner of the Downbeat critics poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category) spices up the sound with the lyrical and soulful phrasing of her instrument. Kelly, who guested with the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra as part of the events surrounding Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration at the request of the ensemble’s director, Wynton Marsalis - remains as committed to superior playing as ever.

For Kelly, evolution is part of the jazz artist’s credo.

“I'm a very strong believer that jazz is about improvisation and about creating and spontaneity,” Kelly once said in an interview. “That's what really drew me to it, but I think there's plenty of music that can fuse elements of jazz with its own type of sound whether it's rock or pop. I'm not into 'No, this isn't jazz.' I like everything that's good and I encourage people to think that way.”

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”Norah Jones for Smart People” New York Music Daily

“The next name in jazz? Sax player and singer Grace Kelly may well be it.” - Without A Net

“(Kelly) is an artist determined to find her own path. Yes, she’s an ingénue who’s come far in a short time. -Downbeat Magazine

It feels very much like she’s conquered Montreal. Amazing Grace, indeed. - The Artery

“What if I told you that the future of jazz, which many have pronounced dead or dying in the last two decades, rested in the hands of a 16-year-old Korean American saxophonist named Grace Kelly? ….I’ve heard the future of jazz and it is Grace Kelly.” ....David Was, NPR’s Day to Day ”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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Skype Lessons I'm excited to now have SKYPE LESSONS available!! Besides performing and writing, my other love is teaching others. I have been all over teaching workshops for all levels including residencies at Berklee College of Music, Kennedy Center, festivals such as Montreux Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz festivals and Universities all over the US and abroad. Along with that I also teach private lessons and very much enjoy diving in with a student and seeing what I can help with. Individual Private lessons are formatted for the level of the student and with the help of technology we can do it wherever, whenever. All levels are welcomed; you are also welcomed to gift others with a lesson as well. I'll be teaching lessons for saxophone, vocals and composition/small group arranging We'll cover topics and techniques for sound, improvisation, finding ones voice, repertoire, and creating a unique performance along with a lesson plan for individual needs. Please contact me on the site for pricing and scheduling. Contact Grace

Clinic/Workshop Information

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Past Concerts

Date Detail
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Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, MA
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Spire Center For The Performing Arts
Plymouth, MA