Lisa Kelly/J.B. Scott Quint
The Lisa Kelly/JB Scott Jazz 5tet
Lisa Kelly – vocals
JB Scott – trumpet
Joshua Bowlus – piano
Mike Perez – bass
Jeremy Smith – drums
This highly popular quintet is co-led by two award winning jazz artists, vocalist Lisa Kelly and trumpeter JB Scott, whose musical collaboration since the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland has led to countless U.S. and international performances as featured soloists and band leaders, 6 successful CD releases and features on many others, profiles in the 2010 book, “The New Face of Jazz,” and inductions into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame.” There is a charming chemistry between their musical creativity, a highly engaging mix of Kelly’s artful song styling and Scott’s trumpet flare. Kelly is well
known for her smooth, intimate tone, her sophisticated Ella meets Dianna Krall style, and her swinging improvisational scat. Scott’s sassy, soulful trumpet lines a la Freddy, Satchmo and Clark Terry reflect years of experience playing in the clubs of New Orleans, Miami, and others ‘round the world. Together, they’ve groomed a versatile repertoire of beloved jazz standards to award winning originals in unique arrangements of classic swing, modern jazz, beautiful ballads, gospel, light funk, jazz blues, Latin jazz, to Nola Street Beat. What completes the music magic is the very dynamic rhythm section, bonded in groove and energy, sensitive to nuance and a spirit of free-flowing creative spontaneity.
About the Artists:
LISA KELLY: winner of 8 Downbeat Magazine awards for singing, composing, and arranging, Kelly’s jazz career spans over 30 years, performing throughout the southeast, the greater U.S, and internationally.
With a background of ‘old school’ experience, recording studio jingle work for TV and radio, and formal studies in jazz earning B.M. and M.M. degrees, she is a regarded vocal jazz pioneer and mentor, teaching formally and privately, and presenting jazz clinics. Kelly has been the featured vocalist of the 2000 IAJE Sisters in Jazz female combo, the UNF JE 1 big band, the St. Johns River City Band, and with the Larry Elgart Orchestra. She has appeared with many jazz notables including Ed Calle, Jane Monheit, and Arturo Sandoval for major festivals and concert venues, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Vienna State Opera House, and the Jazz Corner. Kelly is a 2013 Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame” inductee.
JB SCOTT: former leader of the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans, Scott has performed
with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Al Hirt, Arturo Sandoval, Lynn Seaton, and other jazz legends. He was featured with legendary Danny Barker on the PBS special, “A Salute to Jelly Roll Morton,” and with Skitch Henderson & the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. Jazz trumpet professor over 22 years at UNF, Scott is the Director of Jazz Studies, of the Great American Jazz Series, and of the acclaimed UNF JE 1 big band.
He is a Warburton Instruments Signature Trumpet Artist, recently published in the JazzZone, the Beginning jazz teaching method book, and is the 2017 Jacksonville Jazz Festival “Hall of Fame” inductee.
The Rhythm Section: features 3 “young lions” of the music scene, each already with highly regarded backgrounds in formal music study, recording, and performing. A graduate of UNF, award winning pianist
JOSHUA BOWLUS has worked and recorded with many esteemed artists and led his own noteworthy groups, performing in clubs from Florida to NYC. Earning his B.M and M.M. at UNF, MIKE PEREZ is one of the most in demand bassists in the north Florida region, in styles from jazz to R&B. A former All-State winning drummer, JEREMY SMITH shared the chair with co-drummer Jamison Ross in the 2008
Essentially Ellington Competition winning D.A. SOTA band in the documentary “Chops,” and voted “Best Drummer” in the 2010 competition. Playing the Monterey Jazz Festival at the age of just 17, he served as drummer in the USMC Band of New Orleans, touring, appearing on TV, and in the NOLA club scene.
Respected as musical artists, jazz camp clinicians and musical mentors, Kelly and Scott have continued to enjoy an ever-expanding, multi-generational fan base, profiled as “artists deserving of wider recognition”
on the Southern Arts Federation CD, “JazzSouth,” distributed to radio stations throughout the U.S. In June 2014, Kelly & Scott’s acclaimed CD project, Renditions: the Summer Sessions, was highlighted with a review and inclusion of a music track in JAZZIZ Magazine, with the project enjoying airplay around the country and internationally. Website: www.kellyscottmusoc.com Kelly and Scott have performed for countless jazz festivals and clubs, including the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switz), Festival Vien Jazz Festival (Austria), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Monterey Jazz Festival (CA), Clearwater Jazz Holiday (FL), Sacramento Jazz Jubilee (CA), Elkhart Jazz Festival (IN), Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival (CA), Pescara Jazz Festival (Italy), Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival
(IA), Jacksonville Jazz Festival (FL), Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree Festival (ID), Oregon Jazz Festival (OR), Suncoast Jazz Classic (FL), Central City Jazz Festival (CO), Savannah Jazz Festival (GA), Sarasota Jazz Festival, Legacy Jazz Festival, Jazz By The Bay Jazz Festival, Lakeside Jazz Festival, Pensacola Jazz Festival, Walt Disney World’s Pleasure Island Jazz Club, Duke’s Jazz Bar (Switz), The Kravis Center, The Van Weizel Performing Arts Center, the historic Roosevelt Hotel’s “Blue Room” and Irvin Mayfield’s Playhouse jazz club (New Orleans), Lancaster jazz club (Canada), Heidi’s jazz club (Cocoa Beach), The Jazz Corner (Hilton Head), Casa Monica (St. Aug, FL) Grenemyers, Partners, The Brick, Ocean 60, jazz
cruises, jazz societies, and other venues. They have appeared with such jazz luminaries as Bunky Green, Dave Brubeck, Ed Calle, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Waltrous, Bill Allred, Maceo Parker, Jane Monheit, Alan Vache, Bob Draga, Carmen Bradford, Mullgrew Miller, Claudio Rodeti, Dave Steinmeyer, Herb Bruce, Terry Myers, Bill Prince, Ira Sullivan, John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ken Paplowski, Al Jarreau, Jimmy & Tootie Heath, Ed Shaughnessy, Rufus Reid, Nick Brignola, David ‘Fathead” Newman, Jack Petersen, and Barry Green.