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Django Reinhardt, James Moody and Nancy Kelly

Read "Django Reinhardt, James Moody and Nancy Kelly" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 756th Episode of Neon Jazz with vocalist Nancy Kelly then spin an array of new music from the likes of Sidney Jacobs, The Extended Trio, Pasquale Stefano and Charlton Singleton. Brazilian jazz artist Tetel Di Babuya steps away from her violin in a new role as a singer on her new album Meet Tetel. Classic songs from Django Reinhardt and James Moody round out a solid hour of jazz. Enjoy the music, my friends.

Album Review

Nancy Kelly: Jazz Woman: The Reel to Real Sessions

Read "Jazz Woman:  The Reel to Real Sessions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Among jazz aficionados in the “real" Upstate New York, that is to say in and around the cities of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo, vocalist Nancy Kelly is well known. She has performed at multiple venues, both still extant and defunct, which served as havens for music lovers in the area. Known for her uncompromising artistry and singular approach to standards, Kelly did not limit her activity to her native region. Over half a century she has performed all over the ...

Radio & Podcasts

Singing Their Praises

Read "Singing Their Praises" reviewed by H William Stine

Don't you love it when Nat Cole sings one of his signature songs, for instance, "Smile?" Someone else sang that this week. What about any recordings of Sinatra singing “Angel Eyes?" Someone else sang that too, because this week great singers and musicians paid tribute to other great singers and musicians in a two-hour love fest of “Singing Their Praises." I also tossed in a few of the originals lest we forget how original their music was. Playlist Cody ...


Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice

Read "Nancy Kelly: A Dynamic And Determined Voice" reviewed by Scott Gudell

Nancy Kelly has been singin,' swingin' and scattin' for a long time. Her first musical path took her into the world of classical music when she started playing by ear at age three and her mother guided her to piano lessons by age four. The Beatles arrived a decade later and she abruptly shifted her allegiance to rock. But Ms. Kelly eventually followed the musical breadcrumbs that lead her to the world of jazz and American Standards which is where ...

Album Review

Nancy Kelly: B That Way

Read "B That Way" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Nancy Kelly is one of those artists one can always count on for producing muscular and assertive jazz. On B That Way, Kelly is supported by an organ-guitar trio featuring tenor saxophone. Such a format affords an expanse of sound from the intimacy of a piano trio to the full-throated roar of a big band. “Come Back to Me" opens the disc with such a roar, Kelly stretching her alto taut and fine. Kelly-collaborator, organist Dino Losito, keeps the ...

Album Review

Nancy Kelly: Born to Swing

Read "Born to Swing" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nancy Kelly è stata scelta due volte di fila come cantante dell'anno dal pubblico che legge Down Beat, niente male per una che si produce da sola le proprie incisioni! Con il suo enorme senso dello swing affronta una serie di standards che suonano freschi e pimpanti. Le sue doti vocali sono indubbie ed il gruppo che l'accompagna è perfettamente sintonizzato sul genere: Houston Pearson suona veramente per lei, quasi una seconda voce melodica che ha una sensibilità ed uno ...

Album Review

Nancy Kelly: Born To Swing

Read "Born To Swing" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Nancy Kelly is a jazz vocalist who has recorded three albums since 1988 on the Amherst label. Born in Rochester, Kelly lives on Lake Ontario between Syracuse and Rochester in upstate New York. Her new album has the decided advantage of presenting her with a fine quartet: Houston Person (tenor sax), Dino Losito (keyboards), Neal Miner (bass) and Mark Taylor (drums). Their music, and especially the obbligatos and solo work by Person, lift this album up a notch. The presence ...


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