Lisa Kelly’s truly sings from the jazz tradition, classic to modern: it's great vocalists, horn players and bands, with influences that include Ella, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Carmen McCrae, Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Satchmo, Freddy Hubbard, Clark Terry, the Count Basie Band to Maria Schneider. Lisa's signature sound and seasoned style has earned her many ardent listeners, drawn to her rich vocal timbre and impeccable phrasing in a relaxed, inviting style, and sophisticated stage presence. She conveys am intimate depth of lyric with a horn-like approach to improvisation and a solid ‘in the pocket’ swing feel, artfully creating superb musical lines much noticed by the instrumentalists. From jazz clubs to major festivals, small groups to big bands, the Classic American Songbook to Modern Jazz, Lisa Kelly has established herself among the continued legacy of true jazz vocal song stylists.
With both B.M. and M.M. Degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida School of Music, Lisa studied with legendary jazz artist/educators, including saxophonist Bunky Green and guitarist Jack Petersen. As vocalist with the UNF JE 1 big band, she was featured on 4 highly recognized UNF CD recordings. She won an unprecedented 8 “DownBeat Magazine Student Awards” (6 vocal, 1 original composition, 1 small group arrangement) and was the 2000 vocal winning member of the esteemed “IAJE Sisters In Jazz Combo,” performing at the IAJE Convention in New Orleans, the Mary Lou William's Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center, “Festival Vien,” and the Vienna State Opera House. Lisa has been featured with many ensembles, including the famed Larry Elgart Orchestra, the St. Johns River City Band, and the Chris Riddle Orchestra, and has performed with such jazz luminaries as Bunky Green, Jack Petersen, Bill Prince, Bill Allred, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Don Menza, Slide Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Metz, Lynne Arriale, Danny Gottlieb, John Lee, Yotam Silberstein, Terry Myers, Bob Draga and many others. She has performed for numerous national and international festivals, clubs and jazz societies as a guest solo artist and as a co-leader of several small groups and big bands with her husband, renowned trumpeter, JB Scott.