Dear Lisa and JB,
On behalf of our department and students, I want to express our utmost gratitude to you and your group (Jeff, Jay and Clyde) for devoting an entire day to work with our students and leave them with such an inspiring and memorable day! The clinic was just amazing - it is exactly what these kids needed, both your comments and guidance of what they need to pursue and work on in order to pursue their “intuitive” gifts. What you said about listening, studying, transcribing, applying, etc. was essential for them to hear. And of course, to hear your group perform such high level of artistry in your craft in different styles of jazz, was paramount! Bringing them on stage at the end to perform side by side with you I know was a memory and privilege they will take away with them for the rest of their lives - it was great to hear improvements in many of them at the end, just after one day of working with you. As I mentioned to you earlier, these kids are thirsty for this type of guidance and mentorship in jazz.
I am hoping we can indeed have you back for a couple of workshops later this spring, so that this amazing event does not fall through the cracks in their education. It was such a pleasure to finally meet you all in person and to hear such an incredible performance! Thank you - it was truly inspiring!!! I look forward to attending your future performances in the area. Let’s keep in touch.
All my best,
Rose Grace, Bethun-Cookman University
November 3, 2019
"Both Lisa and Partner J.B. are – like all the members of their band – highly proficient professionals who play their jazz with a verve and polish that’s rare today. It’s possible with sophisticated talents like these for the resultant music to be too clever – too professional. Itcould so easily be superficial and lack conviction. But these guys are not guilty – they’re polished yes but also very exciting and frequently exhilarating. Lisa’s vocals are a joy – she’s so refreshing and original. This is a band you must get to hear!”
Brian Harvey, The Hot Jazz Channel
"Just finished listening to Memories Of Tomorrow on YouTube. Just. Wow! Terrific horns . . . awesome keyboards . . . Your beckoning voice is hauntingly reminiscent of Roberts Flack's inimitable style and overall sound . . . amazingly so. Loved every selection and look forward to hearing more. Do you tour or play regularly anywhere? Would love to see and hear you all perform sometime. Glad I stumbled upon your music. I may be your newest big fan!"
Rich G, TX, Dec 29, 2018
It's here! Our New 2-CD Release!
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Each profiled in the international book, “The New Face of Jazz,” multi-award winning Lisa Kelly vocalist & highly regarded trumpeter JB Scott co-release this long awaited 2-CD set, featuring music performed with fellow renowned jazz artists regularly heard on their small group bandstand.
Showcasing versatility of presentation & repertoire, CD #1 “The Pedal Sessions” presents the group with Jeff Phillips capably covering keyboard piano, strings, guitar & pedal bass, with former “Navy Commodores” Clyde Connor on drums. CD #2 “The UNF Sessions” (the 1st professional release from the newly created UNF Recording Studio) presents pianists Jeff Phillips & Joshua Bowlus on acoustic piano, Arturo Sandoval bassist Dennis Marks, drummer Clyde Connor, & 2 tunes with guest virtuoso guitarist Barry Greene. Lisa, JB, and former leader of the “Airmen of Note,” trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, are featured throughout the 2-CD project. Seasoned, internationally traveled artists performing “live” a most enjoyable collection of 21 tunes: well loved standards to modern favorites & 4 original compositions. ‘In-the-pocket’ Swing, sensitive ballads, Latin Jazz,shuffles, bop & pop - a little something for everyone!
Feat: Lisa Kelly-Vocalists, JB Scott-trumpet/flugelhorn, Dave Steinmeyer-trombone, Jeff Phillips-Piano & Keyboard piano/bass/guitar/strings, Joshua Bowlus-piano, Dennis Marks-acoustic bass, Clyde Connor-drums, Barry Greene-guitar
Renditions, the Summer Sessions" featured in JAZZIZ MAGAZINE Click here for the review..
About Lisa & JB....
First performing together at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott have enjoyed a long and successful musical partnership. They have appeared internationally as leaders of their own groups, the KELLY/SCOTT QUINTET(classic swing to modern mainstream), JB SCOTT'S SWINGIN' ALLSTARS (New Orleans/Chicago Swing), SOPHISTICATED SWING and THE FLORIDA SWING ORCHESTRA (10 and 20-piece big bands), and as featured soloists and guest artists/clinicians with secondary, collegiate and professional music ensembles.
As highly respected musical artists, clinicians and mentoring teachers, 8 x Downbeat Magazine (voice, composing, arranging) award winning Lisa Kelly and former director of the Dukes of Dixieland JB Scott have continued to enjoy an ever-expanding, multi-generational fan base. Popular for consistently presenting high level, expressively swinging jazz in an authentic and entertaining delivery, the likable chemistry between these two artists lies in the balance of sharing their creative strengths: Kelly's sophisticated stage presence and song styling, with Scott’s humor and total command of his instrument. With a smooth, clear toned, richly timbered signature voice, Kelly sings with a natural style of soulfulness and intimacy reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall. Her intuitive sense of swing and instrumental approach to phrasing allows her the freedom to explore the music as a horn player with a sensitive delivery of lyric and a skillful "Ella" like scat. The hard swinging, soulful lines of trumpeter JB Scott, a la Freddie Hubbard-Clark Terry-Dizzy Gillespie, skillfully reflect his level of experience and versatility of style. From years spent playing in the clubs of New Orleans and Miami, to stages around the world, Scott’s masterful interpretive style on trumpet and flugelhorn, is sassy, grooving, fiery, and beautifully sensitive, frequently articulated through affluent vocal scatting. Together, Kelly and Scott are wonderfully engaging and appealing to audiences of all ages.
Kelly and Scott’s numerous, often repeated performances have included the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Festival Vien Jazz Festival (Austria), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Monterey Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Pescara Jazz Festival (Italy), and bug stages in the U.S. that have included the Elkhart Jazz Festival, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, Savannah Jazz Festival, Jazz By The Bay Festival, Lakeside Jazz Festival, Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island Jazz Club, Duke's Jazz Bar (Switzerland), The Kravis Center, The Van Weizel Performing Arts Center, the Jazz Corner, Heidi's Jazz Club, and numerous other international festivals, clubs, jazz cruises, jazz societies and music programs from high school to collegiate. Kelly and Scott have appeared with such jazz luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Ed Calle, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Bunk Green, Bill Waltrous, Bill Allred, Jane Monheit, Alan Vache, Larry Elgart, Carmen Bradford, Mullgrew Miller and Claudio Rodeti. Their group rhythm sections have included such well respected musicians as Lynne Arriale, Cyrus Chestnut, Jeff Phillips, Per Danielsson, Kevon Bales, Joshua Bowlus, Aaron Lehrian, Doug Matthews, Barry Greene, Yotam Silberstein, Dennis Marks, Mike Perez, Charlie Silva, John Lee, Ed Wise, Richard Drexler, Rodney Whitacker, Danny Gottlieb, Eddie Metz, Jr, Jeremy Smith, and Clyde Conner. In June 2003, Kelly and Scott were profiled as featured artists “deserving of wider recognition” on the Southern Arts Federation CD, "Jazz South" distributed to 100's of worldwide radio stations. They have been featured on numerous TV and radio commercials and recordings, including two releases by the St. Johns River City Band, Swingin’ Up The River(2001) and Silver Threads, The 25th Anniversary(2009), and have co-released six CD’s: Lisa Kelly, By Request(1997), Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now(2000), Memories of Tomorrow(2001), Live at Simons(2003), and JustSwingin’!(2008), and Renditions(2014) available on their website, KellyScottMusic.com, and on CDBaby.com. In 2011, Kelly and Scott were two of 320 international jazz artists profiled in the book, "The New Face of Jazz," Amazon.com, in 2013, Lisa Kelly was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame,” and JB Scott inducted in 2014. JB Scott is a Warburton Signature Artist.