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
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
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"
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’!