“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 Airforce big band, the Airmen of Note, and multi-instrumentalist Bill Prince,on clarinet and trumpet. The always grooving rhythm section has featured outstanding players, including Rick Ravelo,Mike Perez, or Jay Mueller on bass, Eric Mason, Clyde Connor, or Jeremy Smith on drums. JB Scott’sSwingin’ AllStars has a broad, versatile repertoire that includes tributes to the ‘classics’ from the 1920’s to the mid-1940’s and 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.
Song Samples: 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” (20-pc big band)
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’!
OTHER GROUPS AVAILABLE:
Brass Quartet/Quintet, New Orleans 2nd Line Band, Jazz Duos, Trios