Price for Workshop: FREE for kids, $5 for adults
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September 17th, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series welcomes Grace Kelly, a saxophonist, singer, and composer who plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 24-year-old. A Jazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3pm, followed by a matinee concert from 6–8.
Polyrhythms continues to be delighted by the collaboration with QC Arts that brings Grace Kelly to the Third Sunday Jazz Series. Once a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human; Kelly recently released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. “Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room. She is one of the most kind-hearted, easy-going people I’ve had the pleasure of working with,” said Jon Batiste.
In 2016, Kelly joined a dynamic 10-piece house band for NBC’s new variety show “Maya & Marty,” starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels.
Kelly also garnered many awards from jazz critics and fans alike this past year. She was the winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone,” and voted fourth in the Alto Saxophonist category in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. She also won “Jazz Artist of the Year” in the 2016 Boston Music Awards and “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.
Grace wrote her first song at seven 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, she has performed over 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and 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.
In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch,” CNN.com, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR, including “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.
In efforts to bring jazz to a younger audience as well as to bridge music, videography, and her joyful personality, Kelly launched a new weekly video series called “Grace Kelly PopUp” on social media in February 2017, which has already racked up over one million views.
Kelly’s QC Arts Residency Dates are September 18-22 and October 9-11, 2017.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, February 19th, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, and a matinee performance from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop is Free for Kids and $5 for adults. General admission for the 6 – 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved/VIP seating.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the RDA, the RME, QCArts and Visionary Arts as well as the support of Wells Fargo, Bowman Accounting, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Hotel Davenport, the Goldstein Family Foundation, Greatest Grains, Radio station KALA, and DJ Mixxin Mel.