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KPLU 88.5FM presents Grace Kelly with the Marc Seales Trio

Tue, Jan 21 -
Wed, Jan 22, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$22.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes for the first time, singer, songwriter and saxophonist Grace Kelley for two nights only! Joining her will be Seattle's own Marc Seales Trio. Show times Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 9:30pm.

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When it comes to singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ producer/ educator Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 20-year-old wunderkind. The ranks of the former category are growing by the day. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly’s three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. for Barack Obama's Inauguration Celebration. Harry Connick, Jr. heard Kelly in a master class on a December afternoon and brought her on stage to sit in with his band that night. Since then, Kelly has been voted "Best Jazz Act” in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, and then voted Best National Jazz Act in 2012. She has received the ASCAP Foundation’s Young Jazz Composers Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013 and won "Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010. The 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll added to her the list naming her one of the "Alto Saxophone Rising Stars”, the youngest artist ever to be named to the music poll. After releasing eight full length albums, Grace released her first single "Sweet Sweet Baby" which has made it to #10 on the Billboard Magazine "Smooth Jazz Song Charts."

On Live at Scullers (2013), her newest and eighth release, Kelly offers a set mostly composed of new material which shows off her remarkable versatility. Her sax chops have been granted the imprimatur of jazz elders like Phil Woods and Lee Konitz, both of whom have recorded with her. But here, Kelly’s instrumental virtuosity shares the spotlight with her winsome voice via her most song-oriented collection to date. Kelly boldly offers her mission statement on the opening track, "Please Don’t Box Me In.” The title plea is made by a gifted musician and songwriter who sees no reason why the music she makes should be more single-minded than the music that she enjoys.

"I listen to a wide range of music, from Miles Davis to John Mayer,” Kelly explains. "Lately I’ve been listening to more contemporary music and songwriters, and at the same time, I’ve been more inspired to write songs. Growing up and learning the saxophone, I always listened more to singers than instrumentalists. Whenever I play a standard, I always make sure to know the lyrics behind it. I feel like words are a really big connection between myself and the audience.”

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