Friday, May 30, 2014 ❘ 11am & 7:30pm
South Florida has long maintained a very reputable jazz scene with the 34 year old internationally recognized Jacksonville Jazz Festival in the area, the presence of the 27 year old University of North Florida Jazz Program boasting award winning faculty & students, other credible middle school, high school and collegiate jazz programs, and a long list of jazz notables who have called Jacksonville home while performing throughout the world. “The Kelly/Scott Jazz Sextet” presents six such artists who have made their mark on the regional, national & international jazz stages, each pursuing their careers through the tradition of “old school” apprenticeship, formal study, and years of performance experience. Jazz is a musical language passed along from one generation to the next, in small groups and big band ensembles, played in jazz clubs, for jazz societies and cultural arts concerts, at major music festivals, corporate events, in school classrooms and concerts, on recording projects and in the mentoring of student players. Dedicated to their craft, each of these artists brings many years of experience into the collaboration of this multi-faceted group.
With the recent 2 – CD release of “Renditions. the Summer Sessions” receiving rave national reviews, “The Kelly/Scott Jazz Sextet” has continued to enjoy an ever expanding fan base. Recent appearances at the prestigious “Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree” festival in Idaho, for a 4th time at the legendary “Sun Coast Jazz Festival” in south Florida, and annually at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival in north Florida, are but a few of the high profile appearances by this outstanding ensemble. Performing a versatile repertoire of songs from the 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s to New Orleans Trad favorites, American Songbook Classics and originally penned songs. Jazz Blues, Latin, the Big Band Era to Modern Jazz, with a forte of ‘in-the-pocket’ swing! Influences on the group include Louis Armstrong, Bix Biderbecke, Rubby Braff, Clark Terry, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, Monty Alexander, Ahmad Jamal, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Glenn Miller and Jimmy Dorsey.
For over 25 years, renowned jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly has been a notable part of that scene, first singing for regional clubs and corporate events with her quintet, opening for the headline act at the 1988 Jacksonville Jazz Festival, to years of performing nationally and internationally and mentoring jazz students. Teaming up in 1997 with trumpeter JB Scott for their first appearance together at the famed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Lisa & JB have become well known staples of jazz, performing throughout Florida, and on tours in the U.S, Canada, and Europe. They have performed for numerous major jazz festivals, clubs, jazz societies, and specialty concerts, with their small groups and big bands. Based in Jacksonville, but world traveled, from jazz clubs to major festivals in theU.S, Canada, Europe and beyond, each of the musicians of the “Kelly/Scott Sextet” have made their mark on the national/international jazz scene. Their performances will include popular cuts from their new CD, “Renditions ….The Summer Sessions,” which will be available at the concert.
In the 1980’s, Congress officially proclaimed Jazz our American musical heritage, decreeing it as “America’s Musical Art Form.” Through the devotion of jazz artists like the “Kelly/Scott Jazz Sextet,” Jazz has continued to evolve with new creative musical ideas, maintaining the roots and traditions of the past, reflecting the changing elements of our culture, while exploring its musical future.
Lisa Kelly, vocalist
Profiled among 120 international jazz artists in the book, “The New Face of Jazz,” Lisa is a 5 time DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist/composer, vocalist with the 2000 IAJE Sisters In Jazz Combo, first winner of the UNF Mulligan-Matteson Scholarship, a 1997 NAFTA award winner, winner of other awards and scholarships, and 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame” Inductee. Lisa is considered by many to be one of the best big band singers in the country, equally at home in an intimate small group setting. Lisa’s singing style reflects influences from the classic jazz vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McCrae to the modern stylists Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves. She is well known for her solid sense of swing feel, impeccable phrasing, a horn-like approach to scatting and her rich, intimate vocal timbre. While earning her jazz degree at the University of North Florida, she was the premier featured vocalist with the UNF Jazz Ensemble I big band, studying with legendary saxophonist Bunky Greene, multi-instrumentalist Dr.Bill Prince, legendary guitarist/pianist Jack Peterson – an unprecedented opportunity for a vocalist. Professionally, she has been a featured vocalist with Larry Elgart Orchestra, the Chris Riddle Orchestra, and others, and has remained the only featured vocalist with the St. Johns River City Big Band, Florida’s official state band. Lisa is the only vocalist to be featured on four CD recordings with the UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 big band, and on two releases by the St. Johns River City Big Band, “Swinging Up The River” and “25th Anniversary Silver Threads.” She has been featured on numerous recordings, TV and radio programs, and on TV and radio commercials. Co-leading several jazz small groups and big bands with music partner, trumpeter JB Scott, she has co-released 6 successful CD’s, including her debut solo CD, “By Request,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” “Memories of Tomorrow,” “Live at Simon’s,” “Just Swingin’!,” and most recently, the 2013 2-CD set “Renditions .. The Summer Sessions.” Lisa has appeared with such notable artists as Bunky Green, Jack Peterson, Allan Vache, Arturo Sandoval, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, Ed Calle, Ed Metz, Jr, Bill Allred, Jane Monheit, Mulgrew Miller, Lynne Arriale, Maceo Parker, Dave Steinmeyer, Dr. Bill Prince, Carmen Bradford, and Danny Gottlieb, to name a few. She has performed for numerous jazz societies and international festivals, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, the Vienna State Opera House/Festival Vien, Austria, the Kennedy Center/Mary Lou Williams Woman In Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival,Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Suncoast Dixie Classic, the Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, and others. In addition to performing, Lisa is a much sought after vocal coach and jazz mentor, teaching music theory, jazz and commercial voice at the First Coast Community Music School, presenting clinics and serving as an adjudicator throughout the state. Lisa holds a B.M. in Jazz Studies from UNF, has taught vocal jazz and music theory at Douglas Anderson SOTA, LaVilla MiddleSOTA, in interim at UNF, and for various jazz camps. Since 2000, she has consistently presented vocal clinics at FMEA/FVA & FBA (Florida Music Educators Assoc/Florida Vocal Assoc. & Florida Band Assoc.), at the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) Conference (St. Louis and New Orleans), and for numerous high schools and collegiate jazz programs. She is a member of FVA, JEN and Florida Jazz Educators (FJE). In 2012, Lisa was invited to mentor the first student jazz vocalist to ever sing with the FMEA High School All-State JazzBand. In 2013, creating the criteria for the “High School Jazz Vocal Soloist Mentoring Clinic,” Lisa reviews state-wide submissions, selects 3 student vocalists to mentor in a workshop and present in a clinic performance with a professional rhythm section at the FMEA Conference, preparing one of the students to also sing with the All-State Jazz Band. Her audition/performance clinic has now become an annual event at the FMEA Conference. Lisa’s 2013 “Hall of Fame” induction with the Jacksonville Jazz Festival includes recognition of establishing the popular “Round Midnight Jam Session” and her 16th year of hosting it with the Kelly/Scott Quintet, mentoring 100’s of student jazz musicians.
J.B. Scott, trumpeter
JB’s hard swinging, often sassy and lyrical lines carry on the tradition of Louis Armstrong, Ruby Braff, Freddie Hubbard, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and Arturo Sandoval. His broad versatility of style comes from years of experience performing in big bands and Miami Latin bands, touring with the Barnum & Bailey Circus, to three years fronting the world famous Dukes of Dixieland. JB Scott was the first graduate of the famed University of North Florida Jazz Program, earning his Bachelors Degree while studying with Dr. Bill Prince and the highly recognized jazz education pioneer Rich Matteson. He then earned his Masters Degree while studying with the great trumpeter Arturo Sandoval at Florida International University in Miami. Starting his professional career with the “Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra” and the “Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus” (Japan), JB then led the legendary “Dukes of Dixieland” for 3 years in New Orleans, being featured on several CD’s and on the PBS special “A Salute to Jelly Roll Morton” and performing with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He has since performed with numerous legendary artists including Al Hirt, Paquito D’Rivera, Jeff Hamilton, Ed Calle, Lynn Seaton, and Tim Hagans, to name a mere few. JB returned to UNF, now in his 18th year as an Assoc. Professor of Jazz Studies teaching trumpet, music related classes and directing the award winning UNF Jazz Ensemble I big band. He serves as the Coordinator of Jazz Studies, was the director of the Koger/Matteson Jazz Festival for 12 years, and is in his 10th year as the Director of the acclaimed Great American Jazz Series. JB is a much sought after trumpet artist/clinician and FVA artist adjudicator. Since 1997, he has co-led several small groups, and two big band 10-piece and 18-piece) with award winning vocalist, Lisa Kelly. JB and Lisa are also featured band members of the “St. Johns River City Band” and have been featured on the band’s two recordings, “Swinging Up the River” and “Silver Threads, the 25th Anniversary.” JB & Lisa have released 6 well received CD recordings together as co-leaders and have been featured on many others. JB has appeared on TV and radio, has performed for numerous jazz societies, festivals and clubs nationally and internationally, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, JacksonvilleJazz Festival, the Suncoast Dixie Classic, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. He has performed and presented clinics for IAJE, FMEA/FMENC, Chicago Midwest, the 2010 inaugural JEN (Jazz Educators Network) in St. Louis, and was the 2009 Florida All-State Jazz Band Director for the annual FMEA/MENC Conference in Tampa, Florida. JB was profiled among 120 international jazz artists in the book “The New Face of Jazz.”
Dave Steinmeyer, trombonist
28 years as a musician in the United States Air Force, with 24 of those years playing lead trombone with the world famous Airmen of Note (the big band started by Glenn Miller) and the last 10 years of his tenure as the “Note’s” director. During his days with the “Note” the band traveled to Los Angeles three times a year to record albums with famous musicians including Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Patrick Williams, J.J. Johnson, Lou Rawls, Diane Schuur, and many others too numerous to mention. Dave has appeared as a performer and clinician at most of the major universities in the United States, and he has performed for 8 United States Presidents. He has been a featuredartist at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Kennedy Center, the White House, and has appeared on numerous television productions, studio projects and festivals, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Suncoast Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, Pensacola Jazz Festival, and numerous others. Now in his 8th year as the trombonist with the popular group, JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars, Dave also performs with other notable groups, including the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the St. Johns River City Big Band, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the Gene Donati Orchestra. He appears regularly around the country as a featured guest soloist and clinician, and has served on various jazz camp faculties. Dave has received the prestigious Lowell Mason Award for Education, is a much in demand artist/clinician throughout the state, and has served as guest director for the FMEA All-State High School Jazz Band. Dave is now in his 4th year as an Adjunct Professor of Applied Trombone at the University Of North FloridaJazz Program in Jacksonville, FL.
Scott Giddens , piano
A Jacksonville native, Scott’s formative years were influenced by music of the Grand Ole Opry and Gospel to Jazz, Classical, Soul, and Rock & Roll. Playing the organ at the age of five, then the piano, he delved into classical music, gospel, boogie woogie, and blues based improvisation. Studying formally at UNF, Scott played with many luminaries, including the Brecker Brothers, Joe Lovano, and Russell Malone, received many awards and recognitions, including several from Down Beat Magazine, and was featured on several critically renowned UNF big band CD’s. Professionally, Scott has performed with many notables, including Harry “Sweets” Edison, Dominick Farinacci, Wycliffe Gordon, Ira Sullivan, Ricky Skaggs, and Rene Marie, and has played in major music halls from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to venues in Russia, Australia, France and throughout Europe. He has been featured in many festivals including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Mobile Jazz Festival, Savannah Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Festival, Cocoa beach Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2001, Scott returned to his gospel roots with a full-time position as instrumental director, then Music Director, at New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville. In 2013, he became Minister of Music at Southside Baptist Church. In addition, Scott is also the Professor of Jazz Piano at Jacksonville University; giving him the opportunity to reinvest his knowledge and experience into the next generation, and has nurtured his love for singing in the style of Nat Cole, Frank Sinatra, and Harry Connick Jr. Scott often appears at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island Resort, frequently tours all over the South East United Sates with his own group, and accompanies a variety of artists. Scott was the pianist in 1997 on the first CD release, “Memories of Tomorrow,” by Lisa Kelly & JB Scott. He currently resides in Fleming Island, FL, with his wife Cathy, maintaining a busy performance schedule.
Kelly McCarty, acoustic bassist
Kelly is a homegrown graduate of Kansas State University, where he had the pleasure of studying with Dr. Wayne Goins. While earning his BM in Music Theory and Composition, he was fortunate enough to accompany the KSU Symphony Band on its tour through the South Pacific in 2006, as well as lead the KSU jazz combo that toured through South America in 2007. Upon completion of his degree, Kelly was subsequently hired by KSU to serve as their Adjunct Professor of Jazz Bass. In the fall of 2009, Kelly migrated to Florida State to pursue an MM in Jazz Studies under renowned bassist Rodney Jordan. Among the highlights of his time at FSU were co-conducting one of the Youth Jazz Camp big bands and performance opportunities with drumming legends Jimmy Cobb and Danny Gottlieb. After the completion of his Masters degree, Kelly was seen as the bassist for the national touring production of My Fair Lady. Now residing in Jacksonville, Kelly keeps busy teaching, gigging, and touring through ProShip Entertainment and Big League Productions. Building on a busy 2012 with releases from The Steve Scholz Trio, Alex Ariff, Canadian vocalist Valerie Bouchard, plus the relative success of his 8-string trio’s RouxSteady, Kelly is slated to record a quartet record of original music, a solo 8-string record, and a country record of original music penned with his Nashville writing partner, Casey Lukacek.
Clyde Connor, drummer/percussionist
Clyde is highly recognized for his years of outstanding work as the premier drummer with the United States Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D,C. A highly respected composer and arranger, Clyde has had many compositions and recordings to his credit, including recording sessions with Barnhouse, Columbia and Warner Brothers publishing. With music degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of North Texas, Clyde has since performed at the notable Blues Alley jazz club, the Big Apple Circus in Reston, VA, as the “Pops” drummer with the Baltimore Symphony, and the standing drummer with the St. Johns River City Big Band. He has performed in numerous national/international festivals, jazz clubs and venues, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival,Savannah Jazz Festival, and the Suncoast Jazz Classic Festival. Loved by the band and audience alike, a virtuoso in ‘kicking the band,’ Clyde is considered that “next level” of drummer with a sound and style uniquely his own. He performs regularly with the Lisa Kelly Jazz Collective, the Kelly/Scott Quintet & Sextet, with other regional groups and artists, for musicals, shows, specialty concerts, and on numerous recording projects. He is a much sought after private instructor, mentor and artist/clinician, has served as adjunct professor for the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL, and on jazz camp faculties as an artist/clinician.