Grace Kelly, jazz quintet coming to Jasper

Grace Kelly will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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JASPER — Grace Kelly and her jazz quintet will play backstage at the Jasper Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Kelly — a 21-year-old singer, saxophonist, composer, lyricist, arranger, producer and educator — is called the music infusion master and has been voted Best Jazz Act in Boston for four consecutive years in the Boston Phoenix/WFNX Best Music Poll. In 2012 the group was voted Best National Jazz Act in the same poll. Kelly has been honored by The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and was named one of the Alto Saxophone Rising Stars by the Downbeat Critics Poll.

After releasing eight full-length albums, Kelly released her first single, “Sweet Sweet Baby,” which has made it to No. 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz Song Charts. On “Grace Kelly: Live at Scullers,” her eighth release, Kelly offers a set mostly composed of new material which shows off her versatility.

Kelly began piano lessons at age 6, and she still does much of her composing at the piano. She began to study the clarinet in the fourth grade and private saxophone lessons a few months later. Middle school music teacher Ken Berman was so inspired by the pre-teen’s playing and writing that he insisted she record her music. What followed was her first disc, “Dreaming.”

“The CD release took place on March 17, 2004, when I was 12,” she recalls, “and as soon as I walked on stage, I realized that performing was my favorite thing to do.

“Through music, I feel like I’m channeling spiritual energy that I hope passes on to people and it’s been an amazing experience to see how people have been moved by this music. Since this is the gift I’ve been blessed with I feel that it’s very important to share it,” she said.

Since age 12, Kelly has performed more than 600 concerts at venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Tickets — priced at $22 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $15 for students — are available by calling the box office at Jasper Community arts at 482-3070.


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