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Juliet Kelly

Juliet Kelly

Juliet Kelly
@ the Barbican
17 November 2006

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Biography

UK based, Juliet Kelly discovered her talent for singing while studying for an economics degree at university, but it would take Kelly some time before she found her true voice and musical identity.

"Whilst a lot of my peers were recording albums of standards, I delayed, waiting and hoping to find my own voice and to record an album of my original material. This resulted in my debut album "Aphrodite's Child". Although I love jazz standards and often include several in my live performances, I wanted to share my own perspective of the beauty, freedom and expression of jazz-influenced music - music that can appeal to a younger and more diverse audience as well as to more mainstream jazz fans."

Kelly’s acclaimed debut album “Aphrodite’s Child”, released in 2003, features some of the UK’s finest Jazz musicians such as Tony Kofi (saxophone) Mike Gorman (piano) Tom Barlow (acoustic bass) and Seb Roachford (drums).

“Delicious Chemistry”(released 2005) is a fine collection of Kelly’s self penned laid back jazz grooves. This album also features many of Kelly’s earlier collaborators such as Seb Roachford and Tom Barlow, as well as invaluable input from Australian guitarist Carl Orr, Kate Williams, Omar Puente, Roger Beaujolais, trumpeter Byron Wallen and award winning saxophonist and composer Courtney Pine.

As well as the above recording achievements, Kelly’s live performances have also raised an eyebrow or two after supporting artists such as Ahmad Jamal, Lonnie Liston Smith, Nat Adderley, Hugh Masekela, Carmen Lundy and Ron Carter.

Kelly has worked with many high profile UK musicians including Gary Crosby, Seb Rochford, Tony Kofi and Talvin Singh with whom she performed in Courtney Pine's band for a live broadcast for the BBC's Jazz Britannia season at the Barbican in 2005. This was followed by two successful sell-out concerts in Russia and her debut US performance that took place at Sweet Rhythm jazz club (formerly the legendary Sweet Basil's) in New York.

Review

Meeting Ms Kelly and listening to her soothing tones at her Barbican gig was therapy for my ears, mind and spirit. The 2006 London Jazz Festival was a commercial success for promoters, musicians and venues alike. Travelling too and from the many venues was a nightmare for most ‘from a working perspective’. Kelly’s music, manner and smile were a welcome tonic from what was becoming a mundane routine job. She is definitely a diamond in a city, which occasionally can become a little a rough.

Musicians:
Juliet Kelly – vocals
Carl Orr – guitar
Tom Barlow – bass
Chris Wells - percussion

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