Nancy Kelly makes an all too rare NYC appearance at Cafe Noctambulo at Pangea She will be Joined by John Di Martino Bass Neal Miner and Drums Shinnosuki Takahashi
Nancy Kelly is an exceptionally gifted jazz singer in a league of her own.The lady
was “Born to Swing”, and she means business. Her live performances are legendary.
She has earned many awards and enlisted fans from around the globe. In a market
place where wispy voices and shallow emotions abound, Ms. Kelly is a breath of
fresh air…or should we say, smoky air; she takes us back to the time when jazz –
and that includes vocal jazz -- was an authentic expression of real emotion.
Nancy Kelly’s vocal style is a study in phrasing, style and swing. She’s both old school
and new. She’s experienced, yet her delivery and ideas are fresh . It takes great jazz
chops to do that, and Kelly’s are superb. Always swinging with a joyful vocal sound
with an ever-present undercurrent of the blues
Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New York, Nancy studied piano,
clarinet, drama and dance with private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School
of Music. During her forty-plus year career she has honed her trademark swing/bop
take no prisoner’s back-to-the-roots swinging style in front of audiences across the
U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland, France, and Turkey to her 3 tours
of Japan and a recent tour of Asia including Hong Kong, Bangkok and Jakarta.
Nancy appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note,
Birdland and The Rainbow Room and Dizzy’s Jazz club, Lincoln Center. She works
frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals, and
symphony orchestra engagements across the country.
Nancy was twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in the Down Beat Readers’ Poll.
She has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs, Her first cd “Live Jazz” reached #11
on the Billboard charts. “Born to Swing” and her 4th cd “Well Alright" feature guest
tenor saxophonist, Houston Person. Nancy’s highly acclaimed 5th cd “B That Way”
has enjoyed 8 solid weeks in the top 50 on the national JazzWeek charts and is
receiving rave reviews world wide!
All of Miss Kelly’s accomplishments and accolades are testament to the fact that a
great jazz voice doesn't happen overnight. More than any other instrument the
voice gains its resonance and soulfulness from the life experiences of the body that
surrounds it. To paraphrase Bird--If you haven't lived it isn't going to come out of
your horn. Nancy Kelly has lived it.
She is, in every respect, “The Real Deal”.