Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly has been a regular on the Chicago Jazz scene for many years, usually performing in groups dedicated to original jazz. Her vibes playing and compositions have graced many different groups, including her current quartet.

Kelly uses her eclectic style, World music sensibility and sense of humor to bring to life the varied compositions on her new CD “Owls Calling” (Kanani Music). The result of a 2015 Individual Arts Program Creative Projects Grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs, “Owls Calling” features Kelly’s compositions and vibes, with John Kregor on guitar, Dan DeLorenzo on bass and Andre Beasley on drums.

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Here’s what critics are saying about Kathy Kelly’s CD, A Different vibe.....

“...she stretches out with a fluid improvisational style that combines coolness with intricate details, while the quartet’s timbres are as familiar as old friends.”.... “Highly recommended and eclectic”. Cadence Magazine

“This is a spunky, lively, feel-good collection of original songs by Kathy Kelly, and it is something you can play any time and receive enjoyment from listening to it”....”A Different Vibe is a winner. Excellent.”

“Each cut has a musical message to deliver different from the track that preceded it and all that follow

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Chicago, IL

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