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Born: February 14
Lisa Kelly’s truly sings from the jazz tradition, classic to modern: it's great vocalists, horn players and bands, with influences that include Ella, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Carmen McCrae, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Satchmo, Freddy Hubbard, Clark Terry, the Count Basie Band to Maria Schneider. Lisa's signature sound and seasoned style has earned her many ardent listeners, drawn to her rich vocal timbre and impeccable phrasing in a relaxed, inviting style, and sophisticated stage presence. She conveys am intimate depth of lyric with a horn-like approach to improvisation and a solid ‘in the pocket’ swing feel, artfully creating superb musical lines much noticed by the instrumentalists. From jazz clubs to major festivals, small groups to big bands, the Classic American Songbook to Modern Jazz, Lisa Kelly has established herself among the continued legacy of true jazz vocal song stylists.
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“Lisa Kelly gets my vote for one of the few singers that understands how to handle a ballad with tenderness, grace, and warmth. I gladly fell into the mystical mood she created…thanks for sharing the gift!”
John Clayton, world renowned bassist, composer, arranger
“Well jazz lovers, are you ready? Because Lisa Kelly is! This beautiful vocalist is very focused and passionate about this great American Art form we call Jazz. I have no doubt about what contribution towards the perpetuation and preservation of Jazz that Lisa will make. Great phrasing, color, and pitch! Pitch! Pitch! Swing Baby!
Carmen Bradford, World renowned jazz vocalist
the Count Basie Band
“Lisa is one of the most talented vocalists I have ever had the pleasure of
both hearing and working with … always surrounds herself with first-rate professionals, who are anxious to work with them .