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Pop - Jazz - Why Not Both?

Read "Pop - Jazz - Why Not Both?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Jazz can struggle to find an audience, so artists are always looking for ways to appeal to a broader listenership while keeping their artistic hearts pure. In this episode, the boys look at four albums that, with much success, try to bridge the gap between jazz and more popular forms of music, along with a more “hard-core" live album that takes no prisoners -but at least offers sexy cover-art. Sigur Ros and the early -and very strange -days of Danny ...

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Grace Kelly: Free From Boundaries

Read "Grace Kelly: Free From Boundaries" reviewed by Doug Hall

If you look at all the accomplishments of musical prodigy Grace Kelly, (acclaimed jazz saxophonist, singer, entertainer, songwriter and composer) it doesn't immediately register that that she is just 25 years old. With a resume that includes a CD release (Dreaming in 2005) at 12, a special guest artist performance with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops 2007 Jazz Series at 14, and at 15 an invitation by Wynton Marsalis, in 2008, to play with Dave Brubeck for the “Let ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Grace Kelly: Grace Kelly: Live at Scullers

Read "Grace Kelly: Live at Scullers" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Grace Kelly is indeed a prodigy on alto sax, having made her first recording at 12. Two years ago, at 18, her sixth album was released The Man with the Hat (Pazz Productions), a collaboration with the renowned Phil Woods on alto. That CD turned up the spotlight on her genius, bringing her increased attention. She shined in duets with Woods and had ample space to stretch in solos, playing mostly standards. She also adequately sang two songs. ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Grace Kelly / Phil Woods: Man With the Hat

Read "Man With the Hat" reviewed by Larry Taylor

Jazz veteran Phil Woods carries the alto sax torch from Charlie Parker, following in the footsteps of Art Pepper, Cannonball Adderley and Lee Konitz. Now he bestows the honor on 18-year-old altoist/vocalist Grace Kelly, its light shining on Man With A Hat. Woods, 80, with over a half-century of playing, first met Kelly in 2006 when she was 14 and attending the Stanford Jazz Residency Program in California, where Woods was an instructor. He encouraged her and, ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Grace Kelly and Lee Konitz: GRACEfulLEE

Read "GRACEfulLEE" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Most sixteen year old musicians are honing their chops in the high school marching and concert bands. Some of the luckier ones attend a school that has a jazz band where a beginner can get a taste of improvisation. Sixteen year old alto saxophonist Grace Kelly--a testament to joyful precocious talent and a killer support system--trades licks with the legendary Phil Woods and records a CD, GRACEfullLEE, with the iconic Lee Konitz.Kelly's previous CD, Every Road I Walked ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Grace Kelly: Every Road I Walked

Read "Every Road I Walked" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Singer, songwriter and alto saxophonist Grace Kelly's photograph--and her smiling face--grace the cover of her third release, Every Road I Walked. She's about as cute as a young woman can be, but at fourteen years of age (almost fifteen), you have to wonder about her artistic maturity and depth. A clue: she's wearing Phil Woods' hat, bestowed upon her, onstage, by the alto sax legend after she'd joined him to play “I'll Remember April" at the Pittsfield City Jazz Festival ...

LIVE REVIEWS

'Amazing Things' for Grace Kelly

Read "'Amazing Things' for Grace Kelly" reviewed by Cassandra Cheung

Amazing Things Art Center Inc. truly lived up to its name when it brought 13-year-old singer-songwriter-saxophonist Grace Kelly to the stage the night of Saturday, June 18.

This pixie-sized prodigy wowed her audience at the Dr. Joseph A. Keefe Performing Arts Center in Natick with a stellar collection of jazz and jazz-pop crossover tunes, backed by renowned jazz artists Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Doug Johnson and Jeremy Udden. Her debut CD Dreaming, which she is currently promoting, also ...

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Music School Directors Cheer for Grace Kelly

Read "Music School Directors Cheer for Grace Kelly" reviewed by Cassandra Cheung

Angelic harp melodies are not the only strains of music to be heard on a cloud. Not this cloud, at any rate. On November 20, 2004, a raw Saturday night, Cloud Place in Boston was buzzing and bustling - not only due to the many moms and dads who were preparing their artistic progeny for a performance, but also to members of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts gathering for their yearly convention. Music and dance students ...


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