Grace Kelly

2011 Speaker

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly is a saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist and arranger. At only 19 years old, this talented young woman has garnered respect and awe from the industry’s toughest critics and most beloved artists. Kelly’s credits and accolades are plentiful and impressive. She was recently invited to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. Kelly has been voted “Best Jazz Act” in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composers award in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 and won “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010. The 2009, 2010 and 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll added to her the list naming her one of the “Alto Saxophone Rising Stars,” the youngest ever to be named so. Kelly just released her seventh album, titled “Grace,” which features mostly duets with renowned Gospel pianist George Russell Jr. and also features cameos from celebrated percussionist Jamey Haddad, of Paul Simon’s touring band, and classical guitarist Peter Clemente. Currently, Kelly is a senior at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

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