Charlotte County Jazz Society March 10, 2014 Review. Click here for full review.
“JB is a most talented trumpeter,
entertainer and music educator. Lisa is one of the most talented vocalists I have ever had the pleasure
of both hearing and working with. One of JB and Lisa’s
real strengths is just how effective they work together, addressing any style and type of Jazz, swing
or whatever, and molding it into a very entertaining package. They always surround themselves with
first-rate professionals, who are anxious to work with them! Their ability to “get through” to
an audience is a very visible ingredient in their presentation. As a producer of musical events…I
would use them again anytime!”
Bill Allred, World renowned Leader and Trombonist, The Bill Allred Classic
"When it is all said and done, it's all about making music. JB Scott and Lisa Kelly make it
happen with Beauty and Ease….truly a swinging CD!"
Bunky Green, World Renowned Saxophone Artist; Director of Jazz Studies, UNF
"The combination of Kelly's skillful interpretations of song ...with Scott's flowing trumpet
work is what makes "Memories Of Tomorrow" memorable tomorrow, and for quite a while after!"
Bill Donaldson, CADENCE Magazine
"An entirely pleasurable listening experience...you'd be
hard pressed to find a jazz fan whose interest isn't peaked by this release!"
Dave Miele, JAZZ IMPROVE Magazine
"Kelly's voice is an instrument. She uses it as skillfully as a horn player...I am reminded
of Dianne Reeves at her best!...Scott...a multi-talented trumpeter….his horn is on fire!….they
set the standard for today's jazz!"
Lyndah Malloy-Glober, ABYSS Jazz Magazine
"...Clearly a jazz singer...to lend each song an invigorating new slant...most
impressive of which is her deeply personal approach to every lyric...has spent a lot of time learning
her craft, and it shows!"
Jack Bowers, http://www.allaboutjazz.com
“Lisa Kelly gets my vote for one of the few singers that
understands how to handle a ballad with tenderness, grace, and warmth. I gladly fell into the mystical
mood she created…thanks
for sharing the gift!”
John Clayton, World renowned bassist, composer, arranger
“…Thank you J.B. for performing with us in St. Augustine,
Fl. The concert was a complete success and your performance was outstanding. You captivated the audience
and impressed the band with your excellent musicianship, versatility and stage presence.”
Aspel, Trumpeter & Road Manager, Jazz Ambassadors, USAFB
“Well jazz lovers, are you ready? Because Lisa Kelly is!
This young beautiful vocalist is very focused & passionate about this great American Art form
we call Jazz. I have no doubt about what contribution towards the perpetuation and preservation of
Jazz that Lisa will make. Great phrasing, color, and pitch! Pitch! Pitch! Swing Baby!
Bradford, Jazz vocalist, Formally with the Count Basie Band
“Just a note to let
you know how much our University and Daytona Beach communities enjoyed the recent concert by the
Lisa Kelly and JB Scott Jazz 5tet. Members of our Arts and Letters Committee…heard
nothing but enthusiastic and positive comments from students, staff, faculty, and townspeople who attended
the event. Indeed, the concert attracted the largest audience we have experienced for musical performances…I
trust you understand that our repeated requests for your services speak legions of words about our
appreciation for your talents and your highly professional and exciting performances!”
James K. Libbey, ERAU Arts & Letters Committee, Embry-Riddle University
“Your performance was
entertaining from every angle: great playing and singing (quite impressive “scat” from
both of you!) and excellent rapport with the audience and students. I was delighted at some of the
things ..said in the session (clinic) with our students, about the importance of knowing one’s
theory-functional harmony, common chord progressions, etc. It always means more to students to hear
that kind of thing from artists who are “walking the walk.” The virtuosity that both of
you display is impressive. And the respect that each of you have for the other’s abilities is
really evident, it draws the audience closer to you. Thanks again for sharing your talents with us…!”
Robert Ruckman, Chairperson, Music Dept, Sinclair Community College
"We were lucky enough to book the "Kelly/Scott Jazz Sextet" for our wedding reception in May. We wanted a band that was both elegant and fun, with a musical style that would be at home in the historic Southern mansion where we held our reception. We could not have been happier with our choice!! Lisa was an absolute pleasure to work with, her voice was mesmerizing, and JB and the other musicians gave a flawless, gorgeous and thoroughly entertaining performance. We can't recommend them highly enough. We're still getting compliments from our guests!"
Shana A, Savannah, GA
"Lisa Kelly and the "Sophisticated Swing Band" were a wonderful addition to our special day. I can't tell you how many people went on and on about how wonderful they were. I'm happy to recommend them to anyone who wants to lend an air of sophistication to their event. Thanks!"
Elizabeth Z, Gainesville, FL
"I hired the "Kelly/Scott Quintet" for a local fund raising event that was going to be attended by quite a few jazz enthusiasts so it was very important to get the very best available! They did NOT disappoint! Their professionalism and talent are incredible.The attendees of the benefit raved about the group and asked for contact information so they could book them for future events. My boss is the founder & publisher or Jazziz magazine and owns and operates Jazziz Bistro in Hollywood Florida and has asked for them to play his club after listening to their CD. If you need a first class jazz band for ANY occasion, I would highly recommend hiring this group."
Joanne H, Jacksonville, FL
"I wanted to thank you for last night and let you know how pleased everyone was with the event. The positive feedback from both staff and guests has been exciting. The evening was a wonderful integration of music, art and history and your band’s attention to detail regarding music selection was appreciated. I cannot tell you how comforting it is, as an event planner, to work with a group that shows up on time, is dressed to the nines, is mindful of the schedule and music requests, engages the audience and wraps things up on time. I value your professionalism and will definitely keep you and your band members in mind for future events."
Louise Stevens, Program Manager
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL
"From beginning to end, Lisa Kelly of Kelly/Scott is a delight..she delivers! She is an amazing vocalist.... working with remarkable musicians.....very much in tune with the audience and what "sells". Lisa has a great understanding of the importance of promotion and gave the festival plugs throughout the year, and brought us several sponsors and new attendees as well. I often say we are all in this together if we want to keep jazz alive! She and the band are great team players in this regard. And, you will love their music."
Joan Dragon, Director
Suncoast Jazz Classic Festival
In addition to professional performances, Lisa & JB are popular artist/clinician educators, adjudicating (judging) for vocal, instrumental and ensemble competitions, and presenting jazz clinics and master classes for school music programs and festivals. A 5-time Downbeat Magazine award winning vocalist and the vocalist member of the 2000 IAJE Sisters in Jazz Combo, with a B.M in Jazz Studies, LISA KELLY teaches Jazz & Pop Voice, Audition Preparatory, Music Theory and mentors jazz vocalists at the First Coast Community Music School. With a B.M. in Jazz Studies & a M.M. in Music Ed, JB SCOTT is a tenured Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of North Florida, director of the acclaimed UNF Jazz Ensemble 1 big band & director of the UNF Great American Jazz Series.
LISA KELLY & JB SCOTT are available on a limited basis for Private Vocal/Trumpet Lessons and for private Music Theory Tutoring. For more info and to schedule an appointment, contact: 1-904-703-8687