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Nancy Kelly Jazz Concert

By Cindy McNicholl

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April 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Location: Herkimer County Community College, Robert McLaughlin College Center, room 288

Event Description

Herkimer County Community College’s WVHC Radio is sponsoring a concert with legendary jazz performer Nancy Kelly.

Nancy Kelly has earned many awards and enlisted fans from around the globe. In a market place where wispy voices and shallow emotions abound, Kelly is a breath of fresh air; she takes us back to the time when jazz – and that includes vocal jazz -- was an authentic expression of real emotion.

Kelly’s refined stage presence, style, and the ability to quickly capture the emotions of her audience aren’t the only things that place her in a league of her own. Her 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. She can take a song and turn it up or down, and leave you believing that it was meant to be exactly that way.

Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New York, Kelly studied piano, clarinet, drama and dance with private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School of Music. During her thirty-plus year career she has honed her trademark swing/bop style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland, France and Turkey to her three tours of Japan. She appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note, Birdland, The Rainbow Room and Lincoln Center. She works frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals and symphony orchestra engagements across the country.

Kelly was twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in the Down Beat Readers’ Poll. She has recorded four critically acclaimed CDs, Her first CD “Live Jazz” reached #11 on the Billboard charts. “Born to Swing” and her latest CD “Well Alright" feature guest tenor saxophonist Houston Person.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door. Students and millennium card-holders will be admitted free.
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