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Kelly Brand

The composer and pianist Kelly Brand writes songs which carry the listener to places simultaneously evident and quite unfamiliar. She effectively taps into essential elements of living and being human. Brand's way of playing embraces a simple and selfless honesty. She doesn't throw her music at you, but rather extends it as an invitation. Brand is an active performer on the Chicago jazz scene. In addition to club and lounge gigs she has played three times at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In 1995 she performed at the Ravinia summer jazz series with her Sextet and in 2000 at the Elkhart Jazz Festival with her Nextet. In 1999 Kelly joined Marion McPartland on stage at Ravinia for some impromptu double piano jazz playing


Chicago Jazz Composers Collective Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Special Concert on November 20, 2011

The Chicago Jazz Composers Collective will sponsor a special concert to commemorate the group's 10th year of presenting concerts on November 20, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Green Mill, 4802 N. Broadway in Chicago. To celebrate, members of the collective will perform new and favorite original compositions. Inspired by New York's Jazz Composers ...


The Tides

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2007
Featuring some of Chicago's finest musicians, composer/pianist Kelly Brand's debut recording for Origin stands out with a set of all original music highlighting the band's modern group aesthetic and what the Chicago Reader called "noteworthy craftsmanship and flowing serene energy." Besides the horn work of trumpeter Art Davis and saxophonist Geof Bradfield, "The Door" also features vocals by Mari Anne Jayme and the propulsive rhythm section of bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Jon Deitemyer.

The Door

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2007

Sister Luna

Label: Chicago Lakeside Jazz
Released: 2001
Track listing: Sister Luna; My Funny Valentine; An Old Road; For You Mom and Dad; Tones for Joan


The Kelly Brand Nextet: Sister Luna

Read "Sister Luna" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Kelly Brand’s second album is as tastefully cooked as her first ( A Dream in a Stone ), with crisp blowing by front–liners Art Davis and Lou Stockwell and sure–handed support from Brand, bassist / husband Kelly Sill and drummers Tim Davis or Eric Montzka. A “nextet,” by the way, can be either a trio ...


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