Nancy Kellyâ€™s vocal style is a study in phrasing, style and swing. Sheâ€™s both old school and new. Sheâ€™s experienced, yet her delivery and ideas are fresh. SheÂ can take a song and turn it up or down, and leave you believing that it was meant to be exactly that way. It takes great jazz chops to do that, and Kellyâ€™s are superb. She has earned many awards and enlisted fans from around the globe.
As a jazz artist, she’s performed on the West Coast, in the Far East and Europe. She performs regularly in New York City at the most prestigious clubs: The Blue Note, Birdland, and Dizzyâ€™s Coca Cola club at Lincoln Center. She has appeared at numerous jazz festivals and has sung with various symphony orchestras around the country.
Nancy was twice named â€œBest Female Jazz Vocalistâ€ in the Down Beat Readersâ€™ Poll. She has recorded four CDs, the most recent being â€œWell Alright” with guest tenor saxophonist Houston Person.
Nancy Kelly continues to dazzle audiences with her take-no-prisoners, back-to-the-roots swinging style.
In a market place where wispy voices and shallow emotions abound, Ms. Kelly is a breath of fresh airâ€¦or should we say, smoky air; she takes us back to the time when jazz â€“ and that includes vocal jazz — was an authentic expression of real emotion.
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