A JazzSpacesIthaca Concert
Thursday, April 4, 2013
8PM @ Carriage House Café
Having been twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in Down Beat Magazine’s Readers’ Poll, Nancy Kelly exudes both old and new school jazz singing at the same time. Upon reflecting on her influences, Ms. Kelly says, “I listen more to horn players than singers — Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and Louis Armstrong. But also singers like Billie Holiday.” The influence from horn players is evident as soon as you hear her trademark take no prisoner’s back to the roots bob/swing style.
“For my performance at the Carriage House,” Nancy Kelly adds, “I’ll be playing selections from my upcoming album, featuring the Hammond B3 organ.” As such, her band will be built around Hammond B3 player Dino Losito. Rounding out the band are Bob Sneider (guitar) and Jimmy Johns (drums).
“I’ve been playing music from the age of 4,” Ms. Kelly points out, getting her start in her hometown of Rochester. In the intervening years, she’s performed around the world and honed her craft playing with jazz greats including organ great and Branford Marsalis side-man Joey Defrancesco.
A perennial festival favorite since 1982, “Kelly is a world-class jazz singer in the feisty, swinging tradition of Anita O’Day,” says JazzTimes. It went on to report: “Throughout her scintillating set, she demonstrated superb phrasing, excellent time, great intonation and tons of chops, with a load of charisma to boot.“
CADENCE Magazine provides a similar view: “From the first perfectly pitched note, [Nancy Kelly] lets the listener know that she’s more than just another vocalist—she’s an instrument.”
JazzSpacesIthaca has three more performances in its spring season: Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran at Barnes Hall (co-produced with Cornell Concert Series) on April 11; Vincent Herring at The Carriage House in April 18; and Anat Cohen at The Carriage House on May 2. All performances are at 8 PM with doors at 7 PM.