MUSIC MONDAY: Jazz Saxophonist on “Late Night”

Saxophonist, vocalist, and composer Grace Kelly is a young jazz musician who has bridged many genres, from classic jazz standards to jazzy pop songs that she composed. Kelly has performed in many jazz events, including in more prominent venues such as the Newport Jazz Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Her latest gig is with Stephen Colbert’s late night house band Stay Human.

In the following videos, Kelly performs her compositions as well as her personal takes on a few American jazz standard songs, including improvisations with jazz harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans.

[Grace Kelly Music / YouTube] Grace Kelly “Sweet Sweet Baby”
[Grace Kelly Music / YouTube] Toots Thielemans & Grace Kelly “All The Things You Are” and “Bluesette”.m4v
[KPLU FM / YouTube] “Bye Bye Blackbird” Grace Kelly
[Grace Kelly Music / YouTube] Grace Kelly Quintet “Summertime” at Saratoga
[KPLU FM / YouTube] “Filosophical Flying Fish” Grace Kelly with The Marc Seales Trio

Bonus video: Six weeks after taking on saxophone, 10-year old Kelly performs “Besame Mucho,” already showing the chops of a mature sax player.

[Grace Kelly Music / YouTube] Grace Kelly- first performance -10 years

Learn more:

  • [NBC News] Musician Grace Kelly Is ‘Making a New Path’ on Late Night Television: “Kelly, a 23-year-old self-proclaimed “Broadway nerd,” first fell in love with the saxophone at age 10 after years of wildly singing Stan Getz’ sax solos around her house. “ Read more
  • [Vanity Fair] These Millennials Are Shaking Up the Jazz World: “Their styles and shadings come from jazz’s countless offshoots and from every continent.” Read more
  • [Grace Kelly Music] Bio: “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.” Read more

Photo credit: Bengt ObergerEigenes Werk, Grace Kelly beim Stockholm Jazz Festival 2010


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