Published in First Coast Register by Leigh Cort of WFA (Women's Food Alliance). Article featuring regarded women biz owners in the region, summer suggestions for parties & events with a jazz touch!
“The Kelly/Scott Sextet Featuring Dave Steinmeyer”
Co-led by Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and Warburton Signature Trumpet Artist 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. 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.”
“The Lisa Kelly/JB Scott Quintet”
Co-led by Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and renowned Warburton Signature Trumpet Artist JB Scott, the Kelly/Scott Quintet presents a repertoire of swing-based ‘classics’ to modern jazz in an acoustic setting of unique arrangements, from Great American Song book ‘standards’ to well-penned originals. The group’s style is influenced by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Freddie Hubbard, Jobim, Carmen McCrae, Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall and other notables. Based in the southeast, this popular quintet includes top notch rhythm section players on piano, bass and drums, earning a faithful following of fans from years of performances for major jazz festivals, jazz society concerts, jazz supper clubs, cruises, corporate functions, wedding receptions, dances, and their regarded CD projects. From intimate background listening music and lively swinging dance tunes, to synergetic concert presentations, the Kelly/Scott Quintet offers the best in high caliber, improvisational jazz that is creative, sophisticated and entertaining.
“Lisa Kelly Jazz 4tet”
Long considered to be among the preeminent current day jazz vocalists, Lisa Kelly is the winner of 8 Downbeat Magazine awards for singing, composing, and arranging, profiled among 320 internationally regarded artists in the 2010 book, The New Face of Jazz, anda 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame” inductee. Featured monthly in the historic 5-star Casa Monica Hotel “Cobalt Lounge” in St. Augustine, FL, and regularly in listening rooms around the region, Lisa sings with a truly natural sense of intimacy and soulfulness, her smooth, pure tone and sultry timbre are as signature to her style as her artful interpretation of a song. With sincere charm and sophisticated poise, she wins over any audience with just the right musical presence, from a light background cocktail set to a dance set or concert stage and jazz festival. Lisa’s vocal influences include ‘notables’ like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dianne Reeves, and Diana Krall, but her pleasing sound and style are recognizably her own. She presents a versatile and appealing repertoire of well-loved jazz standards to unique interpretations of pop tunes and well-penned originals. Lisa’s group always includes the finest in fellow musicians on piano, bass, and drums, with the perfect balance of accompaniment and musical conversation, sharing the stage with reputable artist names of Jeff Phillips, Joshua Bowlus, Aaron Lehrian, Richard Drexler, Scott Giddens, Dennis Marks, Mike Perez, Clyde Connor, Eddie Metz, Jr, Jeremy Smith, and others.
“JB Scott’s Swingin’ Allstars!”
This top shelf group of pros is dedicated to playing Chicago Swing/New Orleans style Jazz in a highly musically entertaining and spirited fashion. The group is co-led by the flamboyant virtuoso trumpeter, JB Scott, former musical director of the world famous Dukes of Dixieland, and Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly, well-known for her rich, smooth tone and swinging delivery of lyric. Featured on his unique story telling vocal stylings is versatile banjo/guitarist Ken Calhoun and rounding out the ‘all star’ cast are legendary musicians, trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, former lead player and director of the renowned Air Force big band, the Airmen of Note, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Prince, on clarinet and trumpet. Always grooving in 2-beat or 4-beat feel, the rhythm section features outstanding players on the bass, including Jay Mueller or Dennis Marks, and drummer Eric Mason, Clyde Connor, or Jeremy Smith. JB Scott’s Swingin’ AllStars has a broad, versatile repertoire that includes Trad ‘classics’ from the 1920’s to the mid-1940’s, and well-penned original songs. Style influences include 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! Lisa’s Ella-like scat is really impressive, JB’s versatile style enables him to swing like crazy!” Brian Harvey from The Hot Jazz Channel says, “This is a highly entertaining exciting band that, based on their CD Just Swingin’, can please a wide variety of audiences. I can’t wait to see them in the UK - they’re really refreshing!"
Songs: Milenburg Joys, Wished On the Moon, Sweet Lorraine, That’s A Plenty, St. Louis Blues, Your Feet’s Too Big, Panama (Rag), Just A Closer Walk With Thee, Chances, Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams, Dolce Amor, Waitin’ For The Robert E. Lee, Farewell Blues, Baby Done Left Me.
“Sophisticated Swing” (10-pc mini big band)
Featuring renowned artists, Downbeat Magazine award winning jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly, Warburton Signature Trumpet Artist JB Scott, acclaimed saxophonist Don Zentz, legendary trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, and other musical ‘heavies,’ Sophisticated Swingpresents the best in ‘classics’ from the big band Golden Swing Era of the 30’s and 40’s to hits of the modern jazz era. Repertoire includes favorites from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Les Brown, Duke Ellington, and vocal songs from the legendary ‘Greats’ of the past to major artists of the present: Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, to Michael Buble, 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, to Eddie Condon, the Dukes of Dixieland, and more. From energetic up-tempo numbers to beautiful ballads, classic Swing, popular Latin styles, Waltzes, and shuffling Blues, enjoy the ‘big’ sound of the “little big band” Sophisticated Swing!
“The Florida Swing Orchestra”
Concert & Dance Big Band!
Continuing the American tradition of the jazz Big Band, this premier 18-piece ensemble features 8-time Down Beat Magazine award winning vocalist Lisa Kelly, Warburton Signature Trumpet Artist JB Scott, acclaimed saxophonist Don Zentz, Airmen of Note legendary trombonist Dave Steinmeyer, former Navy Commodores drummer Clyde Connor, and other experienced top-shelf international level musicians. Florida Swing Orchestra presents popular repertoire from the swinging dance ‘classics’ of the 30’s and 40’s Big Band Golden Era to today’s modern jazz era. Favorites from Glenn Miller, Les Brown, Duke Ellington, to the Harry Connick Big Band, and signature songs from vocal ‘greats’ including Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Peggy Lee, Michael Buble’, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole and Dianne Schuur. Themed concerts presentations include patriotic tributes, tributes to the notables of jazz, holiday music, WWII and other themed dance eras, to the modern styles of straight-ahead and Modern jazz. Featured arrangements are from the libraries of Thad Jones, Rob McConnell, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Dorsey Bros, Maria Schneider, Bob Mintzer, John Clayton, the Vanguard Orchestra and more, in energetic up-tempos numbers to beautiful ballads, danceable swing and Latin (Bossa Novas, Sambas, Boleros, Merengues), waltzes, Blues shuffles, and New Orleans street-beat grooves.
OTHER GROUPS AVAILABLE:
Brass Quartet/Quintet, New Orleans 2nd Line Band, Jazz Duos, Trios