|Julie Kelly (2015)|
(Photo by Mark Robert Halper)
|Vocalist Julie Kelly was born in Oakland, and grew up absorbing the wealth of musical riches in the Bay Area—gospel, the blues, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, …
The blues touched Julie very deeply in those days, so deeply that she and her twin sister Kate started a little folk and blues group in the 1970s that worked the local coffee houses. They were successful enough to have opened once for Peter, Paul and Mary.
Julie studied composition and music theory at Julliard, absorbing all the sounds of New York before returning to the Bay Area in the late 1970s. She was part of a couple of inventive groups in San Francisco before making her big move to Los Angeles in 1980 and getting her recording career on its way with "We're on Our Way".
After three decades, half a dozen or more recordings under her own name, and hundreds of gigs, Julie's latest recording, "Happy to Be", has her in the wonderful company of Bill Cunliffe, Anthony Wilson, Joe LaBarbera, Bob Sheppard, and others.
As a performer, Julie has perfected her craft, and off the stage she has become a sought-after teacher.
|# 1||Rosa Passos||The Best of Rosa Passos||Aguas de Março||Velas|
|# 2||Emily Remler||East to Wes||East to Wes||Concord|
|# 3||Dave Brubeck and Jimmy Rushing||Brubeck and Rushing||Evening||Columbia|
|# 4||Etta Jones||Don't Go to Strangers||Don't Go to Strangers||OJC|
|# 5||Flora Purim||Butterfly Dreams||Light As a Feather||OJC|
|# 6||Rickie Lee Jones||Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro||Been on a Train||Masterworks|
|# 7||Meredith D'Ambrosio||Little Jazz Bird||There's a Lull in My Life||Sunnyside|
|# 8||Virginia Rodrigues||Sol Negro||Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua||Natasha|
|# 9||Madeleine Eastman||Bare||I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life||Mad-Kat|
|Luxury Item||A Rancilio espresso machine|