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Grace Kelly Quintet Brings a Taste of Jazz to Assumption College

Friday, February 22, 2013


Worcester jazz fans can rejoice next Tuesday, Feb. 26, when the Grace Kelly Quintet, which was voted the Best National Jazz Act last year, will be performing at Assumption College at 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to attend this free concert open to the public in Hagan Campus Center Hall, located at 500 Salisbury Street, and presented by the College’s HumanArts Series.

As a 20-year-old rising star in the world of jazz, Grace Kelly is an accomplished singer, saxophonist, composer, and lyricist, as well as a notable producer, arranger, and educator. Her reputation is growing: iIn the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, she has kept her title as the “Best Jazz Act” in Boston for four consecutive years.

Kelly was personally invited to perform in the ensemble for President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Celebration, and has also been heard in the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Her passion and creativity is well known: she has attracted attention and praise from many, including the Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis. One afternoon in December, she was heard performing by Harry Connick Jr. and that very night, she was playing in his band.

As young as she is, Kelly has also garnered an impressive collection of awards. In both 2008 and 2010, she earned the title of “Jazz Artist of the Year” at the Boston Music Awards. The ASCAP Foundation has awarded her the Young Jazz Composer’s Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011. Additionally, she is the youngest artist to be named to the Dow Beat Critic Poll, an honor that she has been awarded each year since 2009. 

HumanArts events are made possible through generous grants from the Assumption College Office of Academic Affairs and Friends of the Arts at Assumption College. For more information and to see a full schedule of events, visit the HumanArts website.


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