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Dynamic Young Jazz Musician Grace Kelly Quintet Gracing Hatfield Hall Stage

January 17, 2014

Grace Kelly

Talented Performer: Grace Kelly has earned praise as a saxophonist, singer, composer, and musical arranger – and she’s only 21. She will bring those talents to Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series on Saturday, January 18.

She’s been called a fearless young improviser, a phenom, and the future of jazz. Rose-Hulman’s Hatfield Hall will welcome jazz saxophone sensation Grace Kelly and the Grace Kelly Quintet on Saturday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the institute’s Performing Arts Series.

Saxophonist, singer, composer, and musical arranger, Kelly has toured the world, won the praise of jazz greats, and played for a presidential inauguration celebration. She’s been voted Best Jazz Act in Boston four consecutive years, played 600 concerts as a leader, and performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

And, she’s only 21.

Racking up milestones other musicians can only dream of, Kelly has performed and recorded with Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick, Jr., Gloria Estefan, and Huey Lewis.

Born Grace Chung, the Korean-American became Grace Kelly when she was legally adopted by stepfather, Bob Kelly. She began with piano lessons at age 6, and still does much of her composing at the piano. Kelly began to study the clarinet at her elementary school in the fourth grade, followed by private lessons. Encouraged by teacher Ken Berman, she recorded her first CD, “Dreaming,” at age 12.

She recalls taking the stage at the CD release party, “and as soon as I walked on stage, I realized that performing was my favorite thing to do.”

After releasing eight full-length albums, Kelly released her first single “Sweet Sweet Baby,” which climbed to No. 10 on Billboard Magazine’s Smooth Jazz Song chart.

She says her inspiration comes from a wide variety of influences, from rock to jazz standards.

“I listen to a wide range of music, from Miles Davis to John Mayer,” Kelly says. “Lately I’ve been listening to more contemporary music and songwriters and at the same time I’ve been more inspired to write songs.”

She will be joined on the Hatfield Hall Theater stage by guitarist Pete McCann, bassist Evan Gregor, percussionist Ross Pederson, and pianist David Cook.

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PERFORMING ARTS SERIES SHOW INFORMATION

Grace Kelly Quintet
Saturday, January 18 – 7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute

Tickets: $18 to $22 for adults; $10 for non-Rose-Hulman students and youths; free to Rose-Hulman students

Tickets may be purchased at the Hatfield Hall ticket desk (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday; at the door before the show), by calling 812-877-8544 or at hatfieldhall.com