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“Kelly-Scott Quintet”
Kelly-Scott Quintet

Co-led by DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly and renowned virtuoso Yamaha Trumpet Artist JB Scott, the Kelly/Scott Quintet presents a repertoire of Swing-based classics to Modern jazz in an acoustic setting, unique, spontaneous arrangements of standards from the Great American Song book to well-penned originals. One of the most popular jazz groups in the region, the Kelly/Scott Quintet, which includes top notch international rhythm section players on piano, bass and drums, has built a huge base of faithful fans from years of performances for major jazz festivals, jazz society concerts, jazz supper clubs, cruises, corporate functions, wedding receptions and dances. From intimate background listening music, to lively swinging dance tunes, to high energy concert presentations, from Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Freddie Hubbard to A.C. Jobim, Carmen McCrae, Dizzie Gillespie and Diana Krall, the Kelly/Scott Quintet offers the best in high caliber, improvisational jazz that is creative, sophisticated and entertaining. Lisa Kelly and JB Scott are featured in the new book, “The New Face of Jazz,” on Amazon.com. 


“JB Scott's Swingin' AllStars” - AllStars web site here
J.B. Scott's Swingin AllStars

This high level group of pros is dedicated to playing Chicago Swing /New Orleans style Jazz in a highly entertaining, musical, and spirited fashion Led by the flamboyant, virtuoso trumpeter, JB Scott, former musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland, the group also features award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly, well-known for her rich, smooth tone and swinging delivery of lyric, and the unique story telling vocal styling of versatile banjo/guitarist Ken Calhoun. Rounding out the ‘all star’ cast are respected musicians Dave Steinmeyer, legendary trombonist formally with the renowned Airmen of Note, popular clarinetist Jim Snyder, also a former Dukes of Dixieland group member, bassist Rick Ravelo, who swings as hard as they come, and drummers Eric Mason or Steve Salo, both excellently grooving interpreters of jazz. JB Scott’s Swingin’ AllStars has a broad, versatile repertoire that includes tributes to the classics from the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s to well-penned original songs; from the style of Louis Armstrong’s Allstars, New Orleans Traditional, Chicago Style, and even a bit of Big Band Swing, with influences that include Louis Armstrong, Clark Terry, Ruby Braff, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lee Wiley, Peggy Lee, Eddie Condon, Trummy Young, and Kenny Davern. To quote Bill Harding, a long-time fan and follower of the group, “JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars is a real wealth of experienced, creative musicianship in one fantastically entertaining group!” “Her Ella” like scat is really impressive. ..His versatile style enables him to swing like crazy. This is a highly entertaining exciting band that – on the evidence of this CD (“Just Swingin’!”), can please a wide variety of audiences. I can’t wait to see them in the UK - they’re really refreshing."
Brian Harvey, The Hot Jazz Channel, October 2008, website: http://www.radiojazz.co.uk


“Sophisticated Swing”


Featuring renowned artists, DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly, Yamaha Trumpet Artist JB Scott, acclaimed saxophonist Don Zentz, legendary trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, and other musical ‘heavies,’ Sophisticated Swing presents the best of the swinging ‘classics,’ from the big band Golden Era of the 30’s and 40’s to today’s modern jazz era - including favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Les Brown to Duke Ellington, and vocal songs from the legendary ‘Greats’ of the past to major artists of the present, from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan to Michael Buble and Dianne Schuur. Performing in the 10-piece “little big band” format, Sophisticated Swing is popular for concert performances, wedding receptions, corporate events and dances. A special feature of the group includes a Dixieland group ‘within’ the big band, playing New Orleans/Chicago swing style jazz hits from Louis Armstrong’s Hot 6, Eddie Condon, the Dukes of Dixieland and more. From energetic up tempo numbers to beautiful ballads, classic Swing and popular Latin styles (Bossa Novas, Sambas, etc), to Waltzes and shuffling Blues, enjoy the ‘big’ sound of the “little big band” Sophisticated Swing!


“The Florida Swing Orchestra"
Florida Swing Orchestra

Featuring popular artists, DownBeat Magazine award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly, Yamaha Trumpet Artist JB Scott, acclaimed saxophonist Don Zentz, legendary trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, and other musical ‘heavies,’ this premier eighteen-piece full big band is presents the finest and most experienced top-shelf international level musicians in the region. Whether a concert venue or a major festival, a corporate function, a wedding or a dance gala, The Florida Swing Orchestra performs the best of the swinging ‘classics,’ from the big band Golden Era of the 30’s and 40’s to today’s modern jazz era - including favorites from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Les Brown to Duke Ellington, and vocal songs from the legendary ‘Greats’ of the past to major artists of the present, from Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughan to Michael Buble and Dianne Schuur. For concert presentations, the band’s repertoire also includes straight ahead to modern big band jazz from the library of Thad Jones, Rob McConnell, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, the Vanguard Orchestra and more. From energetic up tempos numbers to beautiful ballads, classic Swing and popular Latin styles (Bossa Novas, Sambas, etc), to Waltzes and shuffling Blues, The Florida Swing Orchestra will keep you swaying and saying that big band music is alive and swingin’!


THE KELLY/SCOTT SEXTET with Dave Steinmeyer
“Classic Swing to New Orleans!”


Co-led by vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott, this highly entertaining group features 6 renowned jazz artists, each with national and international playing experiences as soloists, and in small groups and big bands. Based in Florida, the sextet has enjoyed repeat performances for many regional to national jazz festivals, jazz clubs, concert venues, jazz societies, corporate and private events. Lisa and JB are each profiled among 320 of today's top international jazz artists in the acclaimed book, The New Face of Jazz. They have appeared with many jazz luminaries, including Ed Calle, Cyrus Chestnut, and Arturo Sandoval, Lisa has 8 Downbeat Magazine awards to her credit for singing, composing, arranging, and has been featured with the Larry Elgart Orchestra, Chris Riddle Orchestra, and the St. Johns River City Band. Former bandleader of the famed Dukes of Dixieland in Nola, JB has toured with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra and appeared with Ken Paplowski, Rufus Reid, and Nick Brignola. A Warburton Trumpet Artist, he directs the top big band at UNF. Former band leader of the famous Air Force big band, the Airmen of Note. Dave Steinmeyer is a “trombonist’s trombonist.” He has performed with many notables including Sarah Vaughn, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Patrick Williams, J.J. Johnson, Lou Rawls and Diane Schuur, played for 8 U.S. Presidents, and he appeared in the classic movie, “A Few Good Men.” The group’s rhythm section always features top-shelf players on piano, bass, and drums, including Jeff Phillips, Aaron Lehrian, Dennis Marks, Charlie Silva, Clyde Connor, and Eddie Metz, Jr. The Kelly/Scott Sextet presents music that is engaging, versatile, and skillfully interpretive. Swingin’ music in creative approaches to jazz 'classics,' from the Great American Song Book, to Trad favorites from New Orleans, pop tunes, and self-penned originals. Influences on the group include Louis Armstrong, Bix Biderbecke, Ruby Braff, Clark Terry, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson, Monty Alexander, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Jack Teagarden, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and Buddy Morrow. The music is artfully expressed, engaging and entertaining, both on stage and on their highly acclaimed CD, “Renditions: The Summer Sessions.”  

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