We are thrilled to welcome our very first visiting performing artist! Grace Kelly is a multi-talented jazz saxophonist—a musician, singer, entertainer, songwriter, and arranger. She wrote her first song at 7, recorded her first CD at 12, and graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music at 19. She has studied saxophone with some of the greats and has won numerous ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. She has won Boston Music Award’s "Jazz Artist of the Year" three times and has been voted Alto Saxophonist of the year by the 2016 NYC Jazz Fans Decision Award and "Rising Star Alto Saxophone" by the 2016 64th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll. When Grace was 15, she played with Dave Brubeck at the inaugural festivities for President Obama, and now often appears with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She plays at festivals and venues all over the world, has appeared with countless major figures in the jazz world, and has released 10 CDs as a bandleader. The most recent, Trying to Figure It Out
, was voted #2 Jazz Album of the Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine
Readers Poll, and includes the track “Blues for Harry Bosch,” composed for the TV series Bosch
, created by Michael Connelly from his beloved series. (She appeared in the series performing the song at the Catalina Jazz Club). Grace has created a unique life and path for herself and she comes to Pilgrim to share with our students the role that improvisation has played in her music and in her life. Parents are welcome—you don’t want to miss this!