What would I do if I could choose between my own concert and the Carriage House evening with Vincent Herring? That decision has already been made for me. Or has it? Hold the presses: I’m changing mine to 7pm on the 18th! Now the throngs can come to both.
—  After “enthusing in print about an evening of jazz that he cannot attend," Prof. David Yearsley, a jazz and classical music lover, alters his performance to allow audiences to see both.
Vocal Jazz Great Nancy Kelly to Perform at Ithaca's Carriage House Café

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.

Valentine’s Day Events from A + S


Poet and Professor Ishion Hutchinson will read from his work at 4:30 pm on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14, 2013, in Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, Goldwin Smith Hall, as part of the Creative Writing Program’s
Spring 2013 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series

Hutchinson, Assistant Professor of English at Cornell, was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He attended the University of the West Indies, Mona, New York University, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah. His first collection of poetry, Far District, won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. His poetry and essays have appeared in such publications as Attica, Caribbean Review of Books, and LA Review.

For more information on this event, email kek77@cornell.edu, call 607-255-7847, or visit the Reading Series.


A special Valentine’s Day JazzSpacesIthaca concert, featuring Donald Vega, piano, and Peter Bernstein, guitar, takes place on Thursday, February 14 at the Carriage House Cafe in Ithaca.

JazzSpacesIthaca, which was initiated by faculty from Cornell’s Minority, Indigenous, and Third World Studies (MITWS) research group, has succeeded in creating a venue where the Ithaca community celebrates itself through live music and conversation.

For a preview of the concert, see the Ithaca Times article.