holds a B.M. Degree and an M.M. Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida Jazz Program, where she studied with jazz notables saxophonist Bunky Green, guitarist Jack Peterson, multi-instrumentalist Dr. Bill Prince, and trumpeter Bruce Silva. In 2010 she was profiled in the book, The New Face of Jazz, and in 2013, inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame.” As an undergrad, Kelly won an unprecedented five “Best” Down Beat Magazine awards, 4 vocal, 1 original composition, and was the 2000 IAJE Sisters In Jazz Combo Vocalist Winner, performing at the 2000 IAJE Convention in New Orleans, the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou William's Women in Jazz Festival, the Vienna State Opera House, and Festival Vien (Austria). As a graduate student, she added 3 more Downbeat Magazine awards, 2 vocal, 1 original arrangement. Lisa has been featured with many ensembles, including the famed Larry Elgart Orchestra, the historical St. Johns River City Band, the Chris Riddle Orchestra, UNF JE I, and has performed with such jazz luminaries as Bunky Green, Jack Petersen, Bill Prince, Bill Allred, Arturo Sandoval, Ed Calle, Carmen Bradford, Don Menza, Slide Hampton, Dave Brubeck, Cyrus Chestnut, Eddie Metz, Jr, Lynne Arriale, Danny Gottlieb, John Lee, Yotam Silberstein, Bob Draga and many others. She has performed for numerous international festivals, clubs and jazz societies as a guest solo artist, as a co-leader of several small groups and big bands with her husband, renowned trumpeter, JB Scott, as a frequent guest artist/clinician, and as an adjudicator for both vocal and instrumental (combos to big band) competitions and festivals, and for jazz camps.
Kelly has served as the vocal jazz adjunct in interim for UNF, taught music theory at the acclaimed LaVilla Middle SOTA and Douglas Anderson High SOTA programs, has been a frequent guest lecturer on the history of vocal jazz, and now teaches applied vocal jazz at the First Coast Community Music School in Jacksonville, Florida. Well known throughout the southeast for her vocal jazz clinics and presentations, Kelly has presented vocal jazz clinics almost yearly since 2007 for the FMEA Convention in Tampa, Florida, has been the vocalist since 2000 with the FBA Band Directors Reading Band session, and has presented performance clinics for the Jazz Educators Network (JEN) National Conference. Since 2012, Kelly has served as mentor for the student vocalist to perform with the FMEA All-state High School Jazz Ensemble. Since her 1997 CD, "By Request," debuted at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Kelly has been featured on numerous radio and TV commercials and jingles, on many CD recordings, and has co-produced six successful CD's with JB Scott.
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Under the tutelage of the legendary Rich Matteson, JB Scott earned his B.A. Degree in Music as the first graduate of the UNF jazz program. In addition to college performances, he performed professionally with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, was a band member on the 1988 Japan Tour with the Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus, and performed regularly in the Walt Disney World theme parks. After graduating, he did a 3 year stint in New Orleans as the trumpeter and musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland and was featured in the PBS special, Salute to Jelly Roll Morton.
Earning his M.S. Degree in Music Ed. in 1996 at FIU while studying with the legendary trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, Scott performed professionally with the Mickey Finn Show and numerous Latin bands led by jazz luminaries Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. JB returned to UNF in 1996, continuing the Rich Matteson 'old school swing' legacy as an Assoc. Professor of Jazz Studies, teaching trumpet and music history courses, directing the acclaimed UNF Jazz Ensemble I. Now in his 20th year, JB is the Coord. of Jazz Studies and Dir. of the Great American Jazz Series.
As a soloist, Scott has performed on many festivals including the Macieo Jazz Festival, (Brazil), the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Pescara Jazz Festival in Italy. A Warburton Trumpet Artist, he has appeared with such notables as Nick Brignola, Ira Sullivan, Arturo Sandoval, Rufus Reed, and Ed Calle, to name a few.
Partnering in 1997 with vocalist Lisa Kelly, the two have performed internationally for major festivals, jazz clubs and jazz societies, as featured soloists with big bands, and with their own big band and small groups. They are highly regarded adjudicators and guest artist/clinicians for secondary to collegiate music programs, competitions and music camps. Scott has been featured on many TV and radio commercials, on CD recordings, and has co-released six successful CD's with Lisa Kelly. Under the direction of JB Scott, the UNF Jazz Ensemble I was the first collegiate winner of the Monterey Jazz Festival's "Next Generation Competition," was the first U.S. jazz big band to perform on the Great Wall of China, received a standing ovation when they appeared with the legendary Doc Severenson at the esteemed 2008 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and won the 2015 Downbeat Magazine “Best Jazz Ensemble” award (undergrad). Scott has presented jazz performance clinics for IAJE, JEN, FJE and FBA/FMEA and is much in demand as a big band clinician and adjudicator. In 2011, JB Scott was profiled in the acclaimed book, The New Face of Jazz. In May 2017, he was inducted into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival "Hall of Fame" for his contributions to jazz, to the Jacksonville community, and to the festival.