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Kellye Gray – Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing, Baby
Wednesday, June 27, 7:30 pm at Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory
With her stunning musicality and warm, enveloping voice, Texas native Kellye Gray is one of the most accomplished jazz vocalists on the national scene. Gray has recorded over half a dozen albums as a leader and performed nationally and internationally at world-class venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Spoleto Festival, Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ. She has been honored to share the stage with legends Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, to name a few.
Her first release, Standards In Gray, prompted USA Today to declare “she is simply the most exciting singer to debut.” Kellye’s latest release entitled, Rendering, celebrates her 25th year as a professional and was recorded live in the studio in front of a 30 person audience and has no retakes or overdubs. She is the ‘real deal,’ as KCSM’s Alissa Clancy likes to boast, and there ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. Performing a collection of standards from blues to bebop, her special guest will be San Francisco’s own tenor saxophone bebop master, Noel Jewkes. Backing her up for this performance will be Adam Shulman (piano), Peter Barshay (bass), and Greg Wyser-Pratt (drums).
To learn more about the artist and see a short film about her work, check her website.
Rendon Hall at the California Jazz Conservatory
$20 general admission / $10 full-time students