Grace Kelly Quartet; 02/16/2018

Grace Kelly Quartet
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:00pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul—yet the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. A regular on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band—Jon Batiste and Stay Human—Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a bandleader, and performs around the globe. Tickets: $28 General public/22 Midd ID holders/10 Youth (18 & under)/6 Midd students. 

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Jazz saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly in the studio with her quartet performing "Trying To Figure It Out". 

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Jazz quartet performance by

Grace Kelly, Saxophone/Vocals
David Linard, Piano/Keyboards
Julia Adamy, Bass
Connor Kent, Drums

Program to be announced from the stage, inlcuding songs from her latest album, "Trying To Figure It Out," as well as new material from her next release.


Grace Kelly, Saxophone/Vocals

"Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room," says, band leader Jon Batiste.

Saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24 year old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert's band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly just released her 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, which was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.

She wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama's Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan to name a few.

Winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as "Rising Star Alto Saxophone". Grace was also voted #4 Alto saxophonist in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. "Jazz Artist of the Year" 2016 Boston Music Awards, "Alto Saxophonist of the Year" by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.

Grace was also stoked to be invited to join badass 10 piece house band for NBC's new weekly variety show "Maya & Marty" starring Maya Rudolf & Martin Short produced by Lorne Michaels. She has been featured on Amazon's Emmy-nominated TV show "Bosch",, Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Women 2011, Forbes, Billboard, Huffington Post, and many appearances on NPR. Grace has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards.

Julia Adamy Pederson, Bass/Background Vocals

Raised in Nyack, NY, Julia Adamy Pederson was inspired to play bass through her talented and supportive father, Paul Adamy, and received a BA from the University of North Texas. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and has been playing and singing globally and around the city at venues like Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, Bowery Ballroom, The Carlyle and Highline Ballroom as well as on Broadway shows Mamma Mia!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Ghost and Matilda. She has also done TV work with NBC's Smash, ABC's The Katie Show and Good Morning America.

David Linard, Piano

Since earning his masters degree from Juilliard in 2015, Dave Linard has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, in jazz clubs, rock clubs, folk clubs, metal clubs, high schools, elementary schools, and performing arts centers, playing and teaching piano, drums, and harmonica. A member of Sammy Miller and the Congregation, Dave has also performed with bluesman SaRon Crenshaw, Wynton Marsalis, Wayne Tucker and the bad mofos, Gracie and Rachel, and many more fabulous musicians. Dave currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and can be found at Little Zelda coffee shop.

Connor Kent, Drums 

Connor Kent is a 25 year-old drummer who was born and raised in Southern California. At age 18, Kent moved to Texas to study with world-renowned drummer and educator, Ed Soph at the University of North Texas (UNT). While at UNT, he was a member of the 7-time Grammy nominated One O' Clock Lab Band. His playing with the One O’ Clock can be heard on the album “Lab 2015”, which received a Grammy nomination for the track “Neil”. Since graduating he’s been a part of other note-worthy endeavors such as working with “Blue” Lou Marini (Saturday Night Live, Blues Brothers) on his project “Take the Blues Train” and traveling to China to perform the world premiere of “Crossing Chinese Opera with Jazz”. Kent transitioned his career to New York in July of 2017, and maintains an active schedule performing, recording, and touring nationally and internationally.

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