Grace Kelly

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“What if I told you that the future of jazz, which many have pronounced dead or dying in the last two decades, rested in the hands of a 16-year-old Korean American saxophonist named Grace Kelly? … I’ve heard the future of jazz and it is Grace Kelly.” – David Was, NPR’s Day to Day

         We have an exciting concert coming up at the Performing Arts Center on May 18.  Grace Kelly and her Jazz Quintet are nationally renowned and have been lauded for their lively and unforgettable concerts. Their presence in Sitka is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
           At just 20-years-old, Grace has already accomplished some amazing things. At 14 she appeared with the world famous Boston Pops playing one of her own compositions. A recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, Grace has performed over 500 concerts at such venues as the Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.
        Grace has worked with such legendary performers as Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr., Esperanza Spalding, Toots Thielemans, Hank Jones,  Adam Rogers,  Rufus Reid, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Terri Lynn Carrington among others. In addition, she has received numerous accolades from some of the jazz community’s top musicians. On the subject of Grace Kelly, legendary jazz trumpeter Winton Marsalis has said “[she] plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician.”
     Grace’s collaboration with her teacher Lee Konitz, an album titled GRACEfulLEE, was given four-and-a-half stars by Downbeat Magazine and was named one of the best jazz recordings of 2008.
grace_kelly V1 4987-1        Still not convinced that this is a concert that you absolutely should not miss? Maybe the words of jazz pianist Monty Alexander will convince you otherwise:  “She is not an artist for Jazz lovers only but one for the whole world.”
        Don’t miss the musician that has been called the “future of jazz”!! Tickets for the concert are available now at Old Harbor Books. $20 Adults; $15 Students/Seniors
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