Based in Florida, jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly has been performing regularly with her quartet, cultivating a unique repertoire of musical arrangements with her very dynamic rhythm section. The result has been an ensemble bonded in groove, free flowing in spontaneous creativity. Add to Kelly’s signature smooth, warm tone and Ella-influenced improvisation the sassy trumpet lines of JB Scott, with a style steeped in Clark Terry, Satchmo, and Freddie Hubbard, and you’ve got one formidable quintet rich in musical nuance and energy!
The quintet will be collaborating for this special Blue Bamboo concert with one of Orlando’s top jazz residents, renowned saxophonist and flautist Dan Jordan, known for his intimately warm sound, beautifully tasteful lines, and boundless energy. This concert will explore the musical conversation that is jazz, from original compositions to beloved Jazz Standards, expressed in styles of classic swing, straight-8th Latin, light funk, driving bebop, ballads, and a taste of New Orleans!
About the Artists: The Kelly/Scott quintet is co-led by 8-time Downbeat Magazine award-winning jazz vocalist Lisa Kelly and Warburton signature trumpet artist JB Scott. Their first performance together at the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, led to countless U.S. and international appearances as featured soloists and band leaders, 6 co-released CD projects, profiles in the 2010 book, “The New Face of Jazz,” and inductions into the Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2013 and 2017 “Hall of Fame.”
LISA KELLY was the featured vocalist of the 2000 IAJE Sisters in Jazz all female combo, and with the UNF JE 1 big band, the St. Johns River City Band, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, and others. She has appeared with Ed Calle, Jane Monheit, the Jensen Sisters, and Jason Marsalis and other notables. A recognized composer, mentor, and pioneering music educator, Kelly holds a BM and MM in Jazz Studies from UNF.
JB SCOTT was a former leader of the world-famous Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans. He has performed with many jazz legends, including the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Al Hirt, Arturo Sandoval, and Lynn Seaton. Scott was featured on the PBS special “A Salute to Jelly Roll Morton” with legendary Danny Barker, and with Skitch Henderson & the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. He is Dir. of Jazz Studies at UNF, of the Great American Jazz Series, and acclaimed UNF JE 1.
DAN JORDAN has been an educator and musician since 1976, titled as Florida All State Jazz Band Tenor one for 1976-1977. He has taught at numerous schools including Rollins College and performed with a multitude of renowned artists, including Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Barry Manilow, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and Dave Brubeck. Jordan was the alto soloist for 2 years with Maynard Ferguson, has performed on New York City Broadway, “Late Night with David Letterman,” and in countless shows and productions.
The rhythm section features 3 “young lions” of the music scene, already with regarded backgrounds in formal music study, recording and performing. Pianist JOSHUA BOWLUS has led groups and accompanied jazz notables, performing in clubs from Florida to NYC. Bassist MIKE PEREZ is one of the most in demand bassists in the north FL region, from jazz to R&B. Formerly with the USMC Band of New Orleans, JEREMY SMITH, was an All-State winning drummer, Essentially Ellington Competition 2000 “Best Drummer,” playing the Monterey Jazz Festival at age 17.