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- Grace Kelly Bio

- Grace Kelly Short Bio
 

Downbeat Critics Poll Winner "Rising Star Alto Saxophone"

Asian American Life - Feature Video Story by Kyung Yoon

St Louis-falls-in-love-with-Grace-Kelly

Las Vegas Smith Center Interview

JAZZIZ ARTICLE

JAZZIZ REVIEW

HERE AND NOW

LA BOOK REVIEW

IMPROPER BOSTONIAN - COVER FEATURE

 
 
 
 
 
Playboy Jazz Festival 2013 -Downbeat Magazine
 
 
 

Grace joined Jon Batiste and Stay Human band as a multi-instrumentalist/singer on CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

 
 
 
 

"What if I told you that the future of jazz, which many have pronounced dead or dying in the last two decades, rested in the hands of a 16-year-old Korean American saxophonist named Grace Kelly? ….I’ve heard the future of jazz and it is Grace Kelly.” ....David Was, NPR’s Day to Day
 
 
"Jazz has had its share of prodigies over the years, as well as players -- Miles Davis was one -- who established their creative credentials while they were barely out of their teens …..few teenage horn players, and even fewer who are female, have drawn much attention in recent years. With the exception, that is, of Grace Kelly, a 15-year-old alto saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly. Grace plays with stunning maturity and an extraordinary command of her instrument.” ....Don Heckman, Special to The LA Times
 
"I love this record…This young lady has bags of talent." ....Michael Jackson, Downbeat

"Has she really got it?” …. the answer turns out to be, "Yes.” ....William Ruhlman, JazzTimes
 
"What gave the evening a "star is born" dramatic tension was the playing of an amazing alto saxophonist, Grace Kelly.” ....Mike Drew, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
"Grace Kelly is still on. No mere flash in the pan, Grace Kelly is here to stay.” ....Ken Dryden, All About Jazz
 
"To say that Kelly plays with maturity beyond her years is to make the understatement of the decade. She has a strong, bright, centered sound, great harmonic and melodic command, and time and technique to burn... Make no mistake; Ms. Kelly has got the goods.” ....Billy Kerr, Saxophone Journal
 
 
 
- Live Performance Reviews - All-Star Quintet on JAZZ SET
 
- LA Times Review
 
 
- Best Music Poll 2011
 
- Montreal International Jazz Festival 2010
  Grace Kelly On the CBC Stage
 
- The New Grace Kelly, A Young Jazz Star
   By David Was, NPR (Audio)
 
 Salem State 2011  Musical Journey
 Coloinal Theater w/Phil Woods 10-15-2011  Newport 2011
 
Artists
 
"Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician.” ….Wynton Marsalis
 
"I first met Grace Kelly at the 2006 summer jazz program at Stanford University. I was amazed at her precocity and talent. Recently she sat in with me and the Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Band at the Pittsfield Jazz Fest. and we jammed together through "I'll Remember April." How did she sound? I gave her my hat! That is how good she sounded! She is the first alto player to get one. Hooray for the future of jazz and the alto sax!” "Ten years ago I was asked by someone where the new Bird was going to come from. I said, half-jokingly, that it might be a dwarf, Albino woman from Africa. Jazz seems to be floundering right now, and we don’t have a clear-cut leader. Maybe Grace Kelly is the one. You just never know.” … Phil Woods
 
Ms. Kelly is a phenomenon -- not a precociously talented child, but a complete improvising musician. With Konitz, one of the great individualists in jazz, she is a peer. ……Doug Ramsey- Rifftides
 
"Grace had invited me to play a few tunes on her new CD but once we got into the studio there were many inspired moments and it turned out to be a whole Cd on its own. I gave her permission to play better than I, if she just couldn’t stand it anymore. Grace is a fearless young improviser, and besides that she is fun to be around. …..Lee Konitz
 
"The future of our music is in good hands." …..Jimmy Heath
 
Well after reading the glowing reviews from many of my peers on your CD jacket I expected something special, but words can only do so much justice toward introducing your talents and obvious dedication to music. It simply has to be heard...you know how to get to the essence of swing, sound, and true improvisation and whether you are playing or singing or composing this essence shines through and is the sign of a true artist at work. It also goes without saying, that you have a maturity far beyond your years. I look forward to following your career. I really think you will have a big impact on the music world.” ….. Randy Brecker
 
"Grace Kelly is a unique and genuine talent. Great young performers are nothing new, but someone who possesses such ease of expression and musical personality at such an early stage of her career is a find, indeed. I can't wait to see what her future holds!" …Keith Lockhart