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Kellye Gray

Kellye Gray is cool. Not Miles Davis cool, though certainly she has some elements of that. It’s more like your best friend kind of cool. The kind of cool that makes you feel at ease. You want to shoot the breeze with her because she’s engaging, and you’ll laugh your ass off. Kellye Gray is also a jazz singer. A good one at that, which is no small feat considering her predecessors. Raised on R&B and the Motown sound, Gray was turned on to jazz by her parents. First it was singers like Sarah Vaughn and Chris Connor. Then it was instrumental monsters like Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, The Modern Jazz Quartet and John Coltrane

ARTICLE: RADIO

Honoring Melba Liston

Read "Honoring Melba Liston" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents a special tribute to trombonist, composer and arranger Melba Liston in the third hour in honor of her 93rd birthday and also includes cuts from new releases by vocalist Roberta Donnay and pianist/composer Carol Albert, with more birthday shout outs to Elvis Presley, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruth Brown and Ingrid Jensen. Playlist ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective

Read "For Today, Tomorrow and Always - A 2018 Retrospective" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final broadcast of the year remembered some of the great artists that left us in 2018, with birthday shout outs to Una Mae Carlisle, Cab Calloway, Rebecca Parris, Nancy LaMott and Annie Lennox, among others, plus a nod to more Grammy nominees. Happy New Year! Playlist Janice Friedman “Get Set" from Live at ...

Rendering

Label: Grr8 Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Don't Explain (2015); I've Got A Right To Sing The Blues; Morning (2015); Out Blows Me; A Time For Love; God You Make Me Wonder; How Long Has This Been Going On (2015); How Insensitive (2015); Good Morning Heartache (2015); The Island; All Blues; Morning; How Long Has This Been Going On; Don't Explain; Since I Fell For You; How Insensitive; Good Morning Heartache.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kellye Gray: Rendering

Read "Rendering" reviewed by Mark Christian Miller

Kellye Gray has reissued her 1989 debut recording Standards in Gray in a double disc package with her current release, titled Rendering. It isn't immediately obvious that there are two CDs in the package and I was later informed that the earlier disc is tucked into the side pocket--what a nice surprise. It takes ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017

Read "C. Michael Bailey’s Best Recordings of 2017" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

This year marks my 20th contributing to AAJ. Twenty years ago, I was 38 years old looking for an outlet for my music writing that had somehow avoided me until I came across an opportunity disguised as a call for articles from one Michael Ricci in jny: Philadelphia. I emailed my review of Art Pepper's San ...

NEWS: EVENT

Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Kellye Gray Performs At Houston Awareness Campaign Cancer Below The Belt, September 28, 2017

Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Kellye Gray Performs At Houston Awareness Campaign Cancer Below The Belt, September 28, 2017

HOUSTON AWARENESS CAMPAIGN CANCER BELOW THE BELT FEATURES ACCLAIMED JAZZ VOCALIST KELLYE GRAY AT FUNDRAISING EVENT TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR CANCERS THAT HIT BELOW THE BELT SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 at OFF THE WALL GALLERY, HOUSTON Cancer Below The Belt is partnering with OFF THE WALL GALLERY and MEZLAN to present an intimate musical fundraiser on Thursday, ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Kellye Gray Returns To Nola For A CD Release Concert For "Rendering" at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on August 19th

Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist Kellye Gray Returns To Nola For A CD Release Concert For "Rendering" at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on August 19th

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Kellye Gray performs a CD release concert for her latest album, Rendering, at NOLA’s Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Saturday, August 19th with two shows at 8:00pm and 10:00pm. Raves are pouring in for Gray’s Rendering. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “She’s as great a storyteller as she is a singer, and ...

Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray

Read "Five Women V – Kathleen Potton, Ariel Pocock, Christina Morrison, Michelle Bradley, Donna E. Scott, Kellye Gray" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is no end to very good jazz vocals. Kathleen Potton Nero Self Produced 2017 Australian-born singer/songwriter Kathleen Potton's debut recording Nero is a sly nod in the direction of female singer/songwriters who came before. The title refers to the Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming," Stoned Soul Picnic") and the ...

Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble

Read "Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble" reviewed by Jeffrey Gimble

Meet Jeffrey Gimble: Born and raised in Houston, TX, Gimble grew up going to the gigs of his saxophone-playing father Maynard, who had a popular big band in the '60s and '70s. Despite his natural curiosity for jazz, he was drawn instead to become an actor and musical theater performer and graduated from Houston's ...


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