Grace Kelly


Grace Kelly (voc, alto & soprano-sax)
Jason Palmer (tp, voc)
Peter McCann (git, backing voc)
Evan Gregor (upright & electric b) 
Harald Tanschek (dr, perc)

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Grace was born Grace Chung on May 15th, 1992 and became Grace Kelly after her mother divorced and remarried and her stepfather, Bob Kelly, legally adopted Grace and her sister, Christina.

The strong classical music background of her mother's family led Grace to begin piano lessons at the age of six and it was not long afterwards that she set her sights on a jazz career, inspired by the recordings of Stan Getz and other jazz saxophonists, which her parents played during Sunday brunches.

She began clarinet and saxophone lessons while still in elementary school and made her first CD, Dreaming, on March 17th, 2002 when she was only 12. Since then she has studied with Lee Konitz, has won high praise from musicians she reveres and has performed and recorded with a wide range of major artists, including Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, Dianne Reeves, Toots Thielemans, Monty Alexander and Cedar Walton.

Since the age of 12, Grace has performed more than 500 concerts as a leader, all round the world, appearing at such prestigious events as the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz festival, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, and at such major venues as Ronnie Scott's Club, Birdland, the Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theater and B. B. King's Blues Club. She has also released seven albums.


"Grace" (2011) George Russell Jr., Jamey Haddad, Peter Clemente
"Man With The Hat" (2011) Phil Woods, Monty Alexander, Evan Gregor, Bill Goodwin
"Mood Changes" (2009) Terri Lyne Carrington, Jason Palmer, Doug Johnson, John Lockwood, with special guests Adam Rogers and Hal Crook, Jordan Perlson
"GracefulLee" (2008) Lee Konitz, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Matt Wilson
"Every Road I Walked" (2006), Terri Lyne Carrington, Doug Johnson, John Lockwood, and special guest Christian Scott
"Times Too" (2005), Doug Johnson, John Lockwood, Yoron Israel
"Dreaming" (2004), Doug Johnson, John Lockwood, Jordan Perlson