Music Department


Free Master Class with Jazz Musican, Grace Kelly

The IU Southeast Music Department, the IU Southeast School of Business, the IU Southeast Alumni Association, and the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center will present jazz musician, Grace Kelly in a master class on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 12 p.m. in the Stiefler Receital Hall in the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center on the IU Southeast campus, 4201 Grant Line Road in New Albany. The master class is free and open to the public. The topic of the class will be "What is Jazz?" and will feature performances by Ms. Kelly in addition to an informal conversation with the audience about jazz, improvisation, musical techniques, and inspiration.

Ms. Kelly will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Richard K. Stem Concert Hall. Tickets for the concert are $26.50 for adults and $10 for students, and can be purchased at the Ogle Center ticket office, by phone at (812) 941-2526, or online at


“The incomparable Grace Kelly, movie star and princess of Monaco, will live forever in America's pop-culture history, but a rising young jazz saxophonist, also named Grace Kelly, also is rising to royalty in the music world.” (Ray Grunnert)

When it comes to Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the 21-year-old. The ranks of the former category are growing by the day. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kellys three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Centers Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. Harry Connick, Jr. heard Kelly in a master class on a December afternoon and brought her on stage to sit in with his band that night. Since then, she was named one of the “Top 10 College Women in 2011” by Glamour Magazine, Kelly has been voted Best Jazz Act in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, received the ASCAP Foundations Young Jazz Composers Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won Jazz Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010. The 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Downbeat Critics Poll added to their list naming her one of the “Alto Saxophone Rising Stars,” the youngest ever to be named so. Kelly's music is varied and exciting. crossing genres and delighting audiences all over the world.

Kelly has continued to garner accolades from artists she revered, performing and recording with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Phil Woods, Harry Connick Jr., Jamie Cullum, Questlove, Gloria Estefan, Frank Morgan, Esperanza Spalding, Toots Thielemans, Hank Jones, Huey Lewis, Ann Hampton Callaway, James Cotton and Terri Lynn Carrington among others. “I gave her my hat, that's how good she sounded,” Woods enthused. “She's the first alto player to get one.”

Since age 12 Grace has performed over 600 concerts as a leader all around the world at prominent venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Montreal Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Apollo Theater, Birdland, Bostons Symphony Hall, Dizzys Club Cocoa Cola, Ronnie Scotts (London), Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Scullers Jazz Club, B.B. Kings Blues Club, and in venues as far away as Europe and Asia. She has also released eight full-length albums and graduated from Bostons prestigious Berklee College of Music in December 2011 at age 19. As Ann Hampton Callaway predicts, “there is no telling how far this child prodigy will go with the limitless possibilities of her voluminous talents.”

Media appearances include NPR Day To Day, NPR Here and Now, NPR Piano Jazz, Chronicle, WCVB-TV "5 to Watch in 2009". WGBH with Eric Jackson, XM Radio, WICN, KSFR, KCSM, ABC's WCVB-TV, CBS TV4, Fox 25 News, NECN, EBS Radio and EBS TV Korea and numerous radio interviews. Featured in many magazines and newspapers in U.S., Europe and Asia such as: LA Times, Downbeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Jazztitek, Chosun Daily News, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and many others.

Delta Rising: a Blues Documentary, including Willie Nelson, Morgan Freeman and others.
Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
Men In Green Composed Film Score and performed music.

Grace appeared as special guest artist for two nights with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops 2007 Jazz Series. One of the selections Grace performed was her award winning composition Every Road I Walked which she also arranged for the entire Pops orchestra. It was her first arrangement for an orchestra and strings.

Live At Scullers (2012) Jason Palmer, Pete McCann, Zach Brown, Mark Walker, Eric Law, Chantale Sterling, Jamie Woods.
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