~By Grace Kelly on February-11-2013 @ 11:59: PM
are currently in Cleveland Ohio for a few days! This morning the band played a
clinic for Lake Ridge Academy! We had so much fun and the kids loved it. We had
kids from kindergarten up to high school, and the little ones in particular
seemed to be in a trance with my music. It was fantastic!!!
and the next day we will be playing at the Jazz Club "Night Town” here in
Cleveland. So far, the tour has been going great. We had a fantastic time
in Detroit and Charleston Illinois. We also got to do a clinic for Eastern
Illinois University’s jazz festival for the kids. It was so great, and they had
a huge response to my music. I love sharing my music and talking to kids
especially the ones who are involved in music. Their excitement and passion is
cutest moment today was when I asked the kids if they had any questions. This
little girl who looked like she was 7 or something raised her hand and told us
how much she loved my music and how great everyone was. She didn’t even have a
question, she just wanted to let us know she loved it. She was the CUTEST, she
totally made my day.
~By Grace Kelly on February-05-2013 @ 11:57: PM
are currently in the car driving to Detroit!! 7 hours to go and we are going
STRAIGHT for 151 miles on route 80. At least we won’t get lost J
we were in NYC and I was mixing my new single, "Ready Set Stay” with a
wonderful Engineer, Chris Allen at Sears Studio in Manhattan.
working on a really cute music video for this song. it’s almost ready. I can’t
WAIT to share it with you!
I have very exciting news. TODAY is the official release date for my new CD,
"Live at Scullers!!!!” This is my debut LIVE CD and I’m so excited for
it! It is available today on my online store (link) and will up on
Itunes, Spotify, Amazon, very soon. Hang tight for that!
are so many exciting things that brewing in "Grace Kelly land!” I also have a
single coming out on Woodward Avenue Records. Some of you have seen/heard
the single before, or even been in the music video. It’s called "Sweet
Sweet Baby”. I had like 30 friends/family/fans in the video. It was so much fun
single officially releases on VALENTINES DAY!! It’s been sent out to smooth
jazz radio stations all around the world with a cute package (chocolates, a little
note from me and twizzlers.) I’m so excited to release it on Valentines
Day because it’s a song about love with happy vibes. there couldn’t be a better
day to release it to the world!
a list of where we’ll be on this tour!
and Thurs we will be at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café in Detroit
IL (eastern Illinois University)
Ohio (TWO NIGHTS Feb. 12, 13)
Ohio (Gillys Jazz) ON VALENTINES DAY!!!
TN ( Germantown Performing Arts centre)
AR (Walton Arts Center)
Burlington, Iowa (the Blue Shop)
so excited to be back on tour and going to many places that I’ve never been
before. I can’t wait to meet new friends and fans and share my music with all
of YOU. People ask me if I like being on the road and my answer is YES. I
LOVE it! My favorite thing in the world is to perform my music, so I am
the luckiest girl in the world to play with my band and travel around to the
calculating this tour we figured out we’ll be driving 75 hours throughout it!
Crazy. Hopefully the band won’t get into any fights :P That would be a first ;)
always miss my family and friends at home but the stage is also my home and I
feel happiest when I’m on it.. thank you for that opportunity and for
supporting my music and me. You guys are the best. I’ll do my best to keep you
~By Grace Kelly on January-28-2013 @ 11:54: PM
currently driving back from NYC. Sat night we were in Rochester NYC and had a
wonderful time. Thanks to all who came out, you were the most enthusiastic warm
audience!! (I didn’t expect anything less :-D) I’m now heading to a
rehearsal with the amazing drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and then have about a
week at home until I’m out for a couple weeks on Mid West tour. Hang
tight for more blogs!
~By Grace Kelly on January-22-2013 @ 11:53: PM
had a fantastic trip to LA! While I was there I was checking out a bunch
of areas and seeing where I want to live in March. I’m planning on moving
there, very exciting news! I know in my heart it’s time to leave my
wonderful home of Boston and switch home base! I’ll still be doing lots
of touring but I thought it would be a great place to be for "music-ing”
songwriting, networking…something different that’s for sure! The
entertainment world J
also had a wonderful performance while I was there. I performed in this little
gem of a place called, "the Coffee Gallery Backstage” in Altadena. I played
with Larry Koonse on guitar and Kevin Axt on bass. It was a very intimate
night, a small room but the most wonderful audience. We kept the
instrumentation small with a trio and it worked perfectly!! We jammed on
some of my songs and some standards. It was really fun to hear my songs in the
instrumental setting. I’m used to hearing it with a full drum kit, bass, guitar,
trumpet and myself (5 of us) so with 3 is pretty different! There was one
song of mine "Night Time Star” that at the end there is a usually a big drum
solo. Instead the three of us tapped on our instruments, I pulled out the
shaker and we made our own "drum line” hehe
The night before I played in lovely San Diego. I met some wonderful musicians
out there and had my debut performance in San Diego. I hope to be back soon,
what a wonderful place!!
~By Grace Kelly on October-27-2012 @ 4:26: PM
My amazing lunch. YUM
Yesterday we arrived in Bratislava. Before we left Austria we had a magical lunch by the river. I had the most amazing fish plate. It was really perfect; we ate to our hearts content and then walked around the deck and looked out to the beautiful water. It was a nice leisurely day, since it was our day off.
BAND PHOTO! GK QUARTET!
Tonight was an awesome end to the tour! We played in Bratislava at their jazz festival. I was so happy to be a part of it. There were four international acts that played. I was the only one from USA. We played for about 3000 people in a giant hall.
There were swinging cameras on the stage and lots of video people. It turns out they were filming the whole set for National TV! I did a bunch of TV and radio interviews beforehand as well.
The next day there were great artists coming such as Dianne Reeves and Cool and the Gang. The night before the great trumpeter Till Bronner was there! I was so bummed I couldn’t stay the whole festival; I would have been delighted to hear those awesome groups!
We played for an hour and got the place really energized. It was a GREAT way to end the tour and the band played so well. After touring for two weeks the music got so tight!!
Here’s a "highlights” video from this performance!! Please share it with your friends if you enjoy it!
It was sad saying bye to Harry, my drummer (he left that night) the rest of us were headed back the next morning.
It’s been such a fantastic tour, I’m so thankful for the opportunity and for all the wonderful people who came to my concerts. Thank you (to all who came) for the love and energy you brought to my band and me. It has been an absolute pleasure performing for you
~By Grace Kelly on October-24-2012 @ 3:12: PM
Tonight was wild. We are in Linz,
Austria. We did a lot of driving today to get here. We checked into our
hotel and I went out to look at the town. As I was looking around this
beautiful town I couldn’t help but look into all these cute shops. All of a
sudden I realized I was in a store (my feet walked me there, I swear ;-)) and I
began to SHOP :P
I found a bunch of cute clothes. I love
the fashion here, I think it’s much more stylish than in the US! After a
couple hours went by I had a great dinner at the hotel and went over to the club.
I walked inside and there was a giant bar. The air was smoky.
I went downstairs to where the "stage”
was and it was a very small place. The stage barely had room for the drum
set, but the vibe of the room was super cool. The club downstairs looked
very trendy with cool graffiti on the wall and a little bar.
Showtime was close and people were
piling in. The club could only fit 40 people (max.) We def had a standing room
We had such a party that night people loved it. They were yelling energetically,
dancing, and singing along! We played Stevie Wonder’s song "signed sealed
delivered I’m yours” to open up the second set and rocked out!! Everyone loved
it and demanded a couple encores. I played one of my songs "Falling” where I
had everyone sing along at the end which was a total hoot. We had a great
hang after, with some red wine until the wee hours.
~By Grace Kelly on October-23-2012 @ 3:11: PM
Tonight we played in Stuttgart Germany
at the BIX jazz club. They served us a delicious meal before our set and
I waddled onto stage because I ate so much!! The audience was great, lots of
tables set up cabaret style. The sound was wonderful as well. Two thumbs
~By Grace Kelly on October-22-2012 @ 10:37: AM
We just left Koln Germany. We played
last night in a lovely club. It was set up "mini stadium” style. There were
benches all around the stage and we played in the middle of everyone. It was
nice intimate venue. I like being able to see the audience and feel like
they’re in it with us. That was my first time in Koln. I walked around
this morning for a bit, Saw the beautiful cathedrals,
and of course the famous Rheine River.
We are now in the car headed to Pforzheim. We have played at Domicile in Pforzheim a couple of times before. It is my favorite club to play in Germany because of the owner Axel. He is such a cool guy and loves the music for the music’s sake. A true supporter of jazz and great music
~By Grace Kelly on October-22-2012 @ 3:08: PM
We are now in the car headed to
Pforzheim Germany. We play at one of my favorite clubs tonight called
"Domicile.” Can’t wait!! We’ve played there a couple times before, great vibe,
awesome people and the owner is a fantastic guy!!
The Domicile was a lot of fun just as I
remembered it. I was greeted by the man who owns the venue (a good friend of
mine) and I said to him "ahh feels like home.” ;-) I’ve been looking forward to
playing this venue since the beginning of our tour. It’s nice to go back to the
venues that I’ve played a few times and get to see old friends!
The audience tonight loved to get
funky. We mixed up a bunch of that with some lyrical ballads. We did one of my
favorite songs, "Isfahan” by Billy Strayhorn with just Sax, guitar and bass. It
sounded great because we were playing basically acoustically (with the
exception of the vocal mic.) The audience was right in front of the stage and
we all shared a very intimate evening together. They even wanted us to do 2
Tomorrow we are headed to Stuttgart Germany and playing at the BIX jazz club. I
have played here before and it’s a great club. It sounds great and the
atmosphere feels very "cool.” Dim blue lights, tables, big stage
Last time we played, it was
during their jazz festival was PACKED to the max! This time it’s part of their
usual series. Looking forward to being back!!
~By Grace Kelly on October-20-2012 @ 10:31: AM
Berlin!!! What fun. Back at the famous
jazz club, " A Trane.” I made sure to quote the song in our song a couple of
The weather here is unbelievable.
It feels like summer, we don’t even have to have jackets on at night!!
The A Trane was packed to the max tonight. To all who came, thanks for your enthusiasm.
~By Grace Kelly on October-19-2012 @ 10:29: AM
Yesterday night was fantastic.
After we drove 7 hours we arrived in Prevov Czech Republic. We played at their
jazz festival. It was in a giant hall, which was completely full. The
audience was fantastic and showered us with applause and love. This is my
first time in the Czech Republic and this is jazz festival has been going on
for 18 years!!
We had an amazing trumpet player join us for this gig. His
name is Bastien Stein from Vienne. Jason Palmer my usual trumpet player
is touring in Russia now so it’s the Grace Kelly Quartet for this tour.
Today we did a concert for 350 high school girls at 11 am. They were also
extremely receptive. My favorite part was when I asked, "so, how many of
you know what jazz is?” One girl raises her hand. Ha-ha! But they seemed to
really love it, they gave us a standing ovation and we played an encore for them.
After, the band the band walked around for a while and we found this perfect
place for lunch. It was a glorious day outside today. The weather was
absolutely perfect and warm. Its crazy to have a warm sunny day in October!! We
ate SO much at lunch. Ooph I was so stuffed, the food today and yesterday
night has been a homerun .. Just delicious. That and very inexpensive, we
really feasted today. Ha-ha. We sat outside for about 3 hours ate and
I just woke up from a nap and we’re about to head out for dinner
(although I’m really not hungry ha-ha.) and we are going to check out Al
Foster’s quartet since they’re playing at the festival tonight.
~By Grace Kelly on October-18-2012 @ 10:27: AM
We are currently on our next "long”
drive. This was is probably 6 hours or so. We are driving from Munich Germany.
We had a fun time playing at Unterfahrt Jazz Club. It’s one of the oldest
jazz clubs in Munich and has had many many people play. Club has a nice
vibe and amazing food. Here’s a poster that I saw walking up to the club,
they put a giant photo of me with a list of artists coming in that month.
have people come up to me after the show and tell me they enjoyed is very much
and that I must "hear that all the time.” But I wanted to tell you here, that
it means so much to me each and every time someone takes the time to tell me
that after the show. I know what’s it’s like to hear an amazing concert
and to be moved and to be honest sometimes I don’t know what to say to the
person. Sometimes it feels like "that’s amazing” isn’t enough that it doesn’t
actually justify what I was feeling. So when someone tells me his
or her unique experience hearing my music, I really treasure that. I had
a man who really really enjoyed my music and I was very moved by him when he
explained how much it meant to him. There were a few people like that at this
gig, one guy came up to me and said our gig was "unreal. He actually seemed a
bit shaken. He said "it was so unreal, almost strange..” And I said "as long as
strange is good” and he nodded his head saying, "yes you are perfect.” Quite a lovely compliment, not one that I
can agree with (but I know myself very very well, Ha.! I live with myself each
and every moment of the day for better and for the worse) But that was very
kind of him to say.
The next day (yesterday) we had our
first day off, Wohooo!! This is the first day off I’ve had in a couple weeks
(in combination with Madagascar.) It was great to sleep in and enjoy a leisurely
breakfast. I then went and walked around for a little bit with my drummer and
after fell asleep for a couple hours and took it easy. I practiced a little,
wrote a few emails and later that night the band went back to the same club to
have dinner and see some music. There was a great NY band playing, the drummer/leader
Yoko and his group feat the wonderful Mark Turner on tenor. Came back,
packed my bags, 8 am lobby call and we’re on the road again!
~By Grace Kelly on October-16-2012 @ 10:25: AM
We had a fantastic gig tonight in Freiburg
Germany. We performed in a club that was right in the hotel! That’s
always the best ;-) It’s nice to be able to rest, walk downstairs and hey
we’re at the gig!! It was a very intimate club and the stage was very cozy. I
like playing this way a lot, I’m able to hear all the instruments acoustically
and the balance is natural. People really loved it and it’s the first
time I’ve ever done 2 (count em’ TWO) encores. Ha-ha! People kept clapping
(here in Europe when they want an Encore, they clap their hands to the same
beat. " clap, clap, clap, clap” sometimes with feet stomps too ;-) I
wasn’t sure what to play for my second encore since I’ve never done that
before. I stood on stage and told everyone I didn’t really know what to play
and suddenly the song "what a wonderful world” popped into my head, so I just
went with the moment and started playing that.
We had traveled a few hours in the van
before getting there, during these 2 weeks we’ll be driving a total of 60
We had a lovely lunch the next day with
one of the agents that helped book our tour and her family (also in the music
business.) We were told to come to their house and have a "little” lunch. Oh
boy, it was a FEAST! Homemade fish cakes, meat, fish, potatoes, salad,
amazing German Bread. They were such kind hosts, and we waddled
out, stuffed to the max ;)
We had a semi long drive ahead of us
and needed to get to the next gig, which was in Munich Germany! So we
said our goodbyes and everyone piled back in the van.
~By Grace Kelly on October-15-2012 @ 10:09: AM
Long travel days. Started in San Francisco at 5AM on Saturday. Rode to airport with Ron Carter and my dad. My dad and I flew to Boston. Had a three hour layover. My mom and Asher met us at the airport to swap some luggage and clean clothes. We had dinner together then got on a plane to France.
We arrived in Montpelier France at 2PM on Sunday and
were greeted by the wonderful folks of the jazz festival. Everyone in the
band was very jet lagged, we’d been flying all day and had quite a work out
running through Paris’s airport. After we collected our bags we were
rushed right to the gig. The gig was actually earlier than usual, out set
started at 6:45. We didn’t have much time seeing how it was already 3
pm! We waited around for a bit, did a little sound check, then we were
driven to our hotel which was 30 min away, checked into our rooms had 30 min to
chill, drove back and played the gig. It was quite a whirlwind.
The audience was great though, it was a
full house and they loved the show.
~By Grace Kelly on October-14-2012 @ 10:01: AM
I’m currently in Paris’s GIANT
confusing airport. This is the same airport I flew into from Madagascar and it
took me over an hour to get to my gate! Same thing happened today, I’m just
hoping the whole band will make it before we take off. I’m meeting the band
here in Paris before we take our next flight to Montpelier.
Yesterday I was in San Francisco playing a concert for prisoners in San Quentin
Prison with a rehearsal at Yoshi’s in Oakland the day before.
It was an experience I will never forget and one that really
moved and changed me.
I was taking in part in a documentary
that is being made about my mentor and "grandpa” Frank Morgan. Frank Morgan is
one of my favorite alto players. He passed almost 4 years ago. I had met frank
for the first time when I was 14..over the next few years I had gone to his
shows and always said "hello.” However, in the last year of his life we became
very close. He had heard me play and immediately wanted to bring me all over
the place with his band. We played in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theatre, at the
Jazz Standard in New York for a week, CA and many more. We use to talk everyday
on the phone and we adopted each other as grandpa and granddaughter. He was the
most beautiful person with an incredible smile.
His story is one that is very
inspiring, sad and exciting. Frank battled with a cocaine habit for most
of his life and was in out of prison for 30 years (not consecutively.)
We were paying tribute to him last
night at San Quentin prison, putting on a concert of songs he use to play and
telling the prisoners about his life. San Quentin was the prison that Frank was
in and use to play in. The "prison band” was actually made up of some amazing
jazz musicians including the great Art Pepper. The use to perform every
week and people from all over would come to the jail to see the incredible band
(go figure huh?)
The reason why I say "we” is because
the concert consisted of myself, the great Ron Carter on bass, George Cables on
Piano, Marvin "Smitty” Smith on drums, Delfeayo Marsalis on trombone and Mark
Gross on alto.
have never been to a prison before nor did I ever expect to be in my life. To
be perfectly honest I was not sure what to expect but I was a bit nervous and
The day before we were prepped about the prison, what to expect and what to do
if we heard sounds of the buzzer, whistles on gunshots..(yes, that one really
freaked me out.) All of these things were highly unlikely but they still
had to let us know. They also told us we were not allowed to wear red orange,
blue and lime green colors of any kind because we might be confused with the
prisoners. They told us we were going to play in the cathedral, which was a
safe and religious place. They also told us that the prisoners we were playing
with in a much more stable place mentally. San Quentin prison is the only
prison that programs that help prisoners get better and back on track.
Psychiatrists from great university’s come and donate their as well as teachers
that come teach them math, English, etc. However, the prisoners have to
earn their way to get into this program. as far as prisons go San Quentin is
one of the most forward thinking and "luxurious” ones. Ha. Funny calling
a prison, "luxurious.”
However, It’s also the only prison in
CA to have "death row.” This is a different building that has the most
dangerous criminals. Mafia people are there, very dangerous criminals. These
are people who are hand cuffed and have weights on their feet as well.
These are people who were NOT at our concert. That made me feel a lot better
that the prisoners we were playing for were not going to endanger us and there
was no real reason to worry. That being said, how could I not worry when I heard I was going to play for a roomful of people
who have been convicted for either first or second-degree murder.
arrived in the prison went through security and were inside the cathedral. A
few of the prisoners were already there helping to set up, moving the drum set,
there was one that was taking pictures. I was extremely surprised when
interacting with the first prisoner. He was so nice and so normal. Part
of me feels really guilty and ignorant to have thought coming into this whole
experience with so much ignorance. I realize now that prisoners are human
beings as well the difference being they made a bad decision in 20 seconds of
life. Some of them making that wrong decision when they were very very young
and now are in prison for life. Many of them have family and kids and
just want to be out so they can be with their kids. One of the prisoners
said to me after the concert, "enjoy your freedom.” I realize that’s
something to not be taken lightly. After traveling all around the world
and recently to South Africa and Madagascar I realize exactly what a privilege
it is to live in the US have my freedom and quality of life.
~By Grace Kelly on October-10-2012 @ 09:58: AM
I am currently sitting on a plane
waiting to take off. I’m sipping my champagne and trying to catch up on
these blogs!! This has the longest travel I’ve ever done. I started flying last
night at 1 AM (after I finished my concert) flew from Madagascar to Paris. I
got off at Paris’s airport (I have to tell you that it is ONE big airport. It
took me a whole hour to transfer to my gate :O) flew to Munich Germany, and now
I am on a flight to SF. OOPH! The awesome part about this is I’m flying the
whole trip on business class. It def makes the collective 22 hours go by with
much more comfort. I’m not going to lie though, at this point my head is
spinning and I’m not sure if my eyes are seeing clearly!! Ha-ha.
The last two days in Madagascar have been
amazing. The schedule has been so busy that it’s felt it’s been more than 2 days.
maybe 3 or something ;-)
Monday morning we flew from the Comoros
Islands to Madagascar. It was so interesting being back to Madagascar
after the Comoros islands, it felt so much more luxurious. The Comoros islands
are a very poor place and so Is Madagascar, but the difference is pretty
Monday afternoon I checked into my hotel and had 2 interviews waiting. One
woman had a magazine called "Tana Planet” which is a popular arts/culture
magazine and she had put me on their cover!! I was very honored, we had a
lovely chat and right after that was another interview over lunch.
After, I had rehearsal with my Malagasy
band. These musicians sounded great! They sounded better than some
players in the states, it’s pretty astounding. They’re self-taught teaching
themselves jazz (nobody really teaches it) have great groove, and worked really
hard to learn my songs.
That went on for a few hours and after I had a little
time to rest and nap at my hotel. I had gotten up at 5 am that morning to
travel (there aren’t many flights from the Comoros to Madagascar) so it was a
long day. After I went out to dinner with the folks in the US state department,
which was lovely. We had a little peep at the Madajazzcar concert as well.
Tuesday was an exciting day. Our first
visit of the day was to a children’s shelter/school. I wasn’t sure what
to expect but I knew I was super excited to meet to these kids.
I did some
amazing missionary work in South Africa (you can read about it in an earlier blog)
~By Grace Kelly on October-07-2012 @ 09:53: AM
Today consisted of half a day of sight
seeing, half a day of work/ Performing. But to be honest I never think of it as
"work” it’s way too much fun! I’m a lucky girl. This trip has felt more like a
vacation with playing in it. But don’t get me wrong it’s still extremely
It’s great that the US State Department has put in time for sight seeing in my schedule.
We drove an hour and a half to the
northern part of the island, way up to the tip if you look at the map.
~By Grace Kelly on October-04-2012 @ 09:41: AM
Long trip. Flew from Boston to Atalanta then to Johannesburg SA. Stayed over night then flew to Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Started out the day with some amazing
Papaya in the breakfast buffet. Best papaya I’ve ever had in my life period.
Drove over to the old city and walked
around for a while, the whole area looked very old and run down but there were
still some shops running and people hanging out. I saw a really amazing door
that was all hand carved, the owner said the door was from South Africa I
believe. I think he thought I was crazy when I asked to take a photo with his
After that we went to the American
Center where I was going to rehearse with local musicians. The US state department
brought me alone for this trip so I had no idea what to expect for the music.
Most of what I was doing there was talking and presenting clinics but there
were a few concerts as well.
have never been to a place that has a time schedule quite like the Comoros
Islands. Everything starts late, people don’t really have Internet and
don’t use their phones too much. If anything they wait for you to call them so
they don’t have to use their minutes. We have a phone with minutes here on the
Island and Felena (the lovely lady who is accompanying me) is constantly on the
phone calling people and trying to follow up. She’s very good at it too!
We had lunch at our favorite spot. Simple fish sandwiches. They put French
fries in the sandwich, tastes pretty good.
Later we visited "Sultans Palace” in Econi where one of my concerts was
held. There was a beautiful beach very close to the old palace so we
walked around for a bit. The beaches and landscape in general has lots of
volcanic rocks, which look so cool. They are very oddly formed black
There were a bunch of young naked boys hanging out on the beach,
swimming, laying out in the sand ha..I guess they are regulars there. What do
you think of the band name, "Grace Kelly and the Naked beach boys” Ha. Just
Later that night we visited a women’s group at someone’s house. We hung
around for a little bit, I played for them and we invited them to come to my
concert. A lot of the promotion we were doing for my concerts in the Comoros
was word of mouth so that’s what we were doing!
We had an awesome dinner right by the water. I mentioned before that the
fruits there are unbelievable. I saw with my own eyes pineapples growing out of
the ground, papaya trees, Jackfruit trees, coconuts, mangos, bananas and
more! The pineapple and papaya were the best of tasted in my life.
nothing like in the states. They literally melt in your mouth.
The other thing that’s really amazing
(cuisine wise) is their seafood since we’re right by the water. For dinner
we had fish, and lobster. Mmmm sooo good. Madagascar and the
Comoros islands are known for their vanilla. They export it all around
the world but it’s very common there. Eric ordered "fish with vanilla
sauce.” I had a bite and oh my gosh it was so yummy. Vanilla sauce it’s quite
an interesting taste, sweet and creamy and in combination with fresh fish
~By Grace Kelly on October-04-2012 @ 09:47: AM
I’ve started to get use to the idea
that everything starts really late here. I’ve "started” to get use to it, but
it’s not easy to adjust to nor do I think I’d like to live like that! If 8 am
really means 9 am, it’s hard to plan your day!!
In the morning we head to a special
building dedicated to Artists in Madagascar, musicians, dancers, painters,
etc. All are welcome here. It’s a pretty run down place but has lots of
big rooms for rehearsals. Apparently nobody wanted the building so it became a
perfect place for this artist organization to move in. We had a little
tour and then a few of the artists started to perform for us. There were about
6 guys playing percussion (jembey drums and a bass drum) one dancer and one
juggler. As soon as the drums started I knew it was going to be a lot of
fun and indeed it was. The drumbeat got my feet tapping and it was so
fascinating watching the dancers. The visuals with the auditory are so
After the artists performed we asked
them if they would be interested in joining me in my concert tonight. I
have to say these last few days I’ve felt a little bit like a judge on "star
search” or something. Ha-ha. We’ve been meeting a lot of random musicians,
listening to them and figuring out if they’d fit in my concert. I say "we”
because I am with two awesome people from the US state department who are
putting everything together for the concert. They are also accompanying
me everywhere on this trip and have become friends of mine. They are awesome!!!
Felena and Eric J
The concert went well tonight. It all
came together at the last minute (the Comorian way ha-ha) and I’m so glad we
got the percussion players today. They really brought a lot to the show. We had
singers, poetry slammers, dancers, musicians etc. It was very exciting to
get to share my music with these musicians and have them show me some of their rhythms
and what they do. Before the
show we had a workshop where I talked to the musicians and shed a little light
on what jazz and improvisation is. I was surprised to hear that most
people here have never heard of jazz. We did a really fun exercise where we
made up a song together and I got each person in the room to "trade bars” with
me scatting. At the end everyone was cheering and thought they had a much
better grasp on what the basis of jazz is. Hooray! One person yelled out
"I love jazz!”
After the concert we came back to the
hotel and had a lovely meal. It was a very full exciting day and tomorrow is
going to be a very early morning. We’ll be heading to some beautiful
beaches and walking around, pics will be taken!! :D
~By Grace Kelly on September-01-2012 @ 8:26: PM
Today was a very moving day. One that
will never forget. I have been in South Africa for over a week now, in
Johannesburg. I came here to play at the jazz festival here, "Joy
of Jazz.” I was a special guest with a band so I arrived earlier in the
week to rehearse for a few days. The Performance was wonderful; the
audience was very appreciative and vocal (love that!) They showered us with
wonderful energy. I got a chance to go out to the audience after and
people came up to me and told me how much they enjoyed my playing and music. I
was really really touched by their words. They told me I really moved
them. It continues to amaze me every time I’m in a different part of the
world, how powerful music is and such a universal language.
While I am here in South Africa I am taking in part in helping with a mission
called "Rebecca’s Well.” The first time I came to South Africa (last
year) I did a benefit concert for Rebecca’s well. Rebecca’s well is an
organization that raises money for women in South Africa who need help.
They help with finding housing for women and their children, jobs, emotional
support, whatever these women/mothers need. Yesterday and today I have
gotten a small dose of what the less fortunate areas of South Africa are
like. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,
We had lunch with a lovely woman who owns a restaurant (a friend of the organization.) She took us on a tour of the Township "Alex", which was very eye opening. Shacks, no indoor bathrooms, litter, and houses placed extremely close
together are everywhere. There are over a million people living in this tiny
town of two square miles. Children run into the streets to play since there isn’t any room to
play in a backyard or in their house. The most astounding thing was
driving around. We were in a regular looking area, took a turn and all of
a sudden everything looked so different. Houses turned into shacks, stores turned into dumpster looking trucks. It was so extreme.
Alex was the first city Nelson Mandela rented an apartment in.
And when I say apartment I mean a room. We visited the room he was in and
there was a sign with some historical information.
Today’s journey was amazing. We went to Soweto and went straight to the
children’s feeding shelter. I got to meet lots of adorable children. Our
guide took us to a small house, much better living conditions, Gov’t Housing, than in "Alex" but still no where near how people should have to live in the 21st century. I was greeted by all these incredibly
enthusiastic little kids running to me and grabbing my legs. They were SO
adorable..ages from 5-14. These little girls wouldn’t let go of me or
stop giving me hugs and they lit up my day with their beautiful smiles and
We went to the corner of the "house” (an outside space) and I
sat down. Immediately 12 kids surrounded me and a little girl jumped on
my lap. Then they started touching my hair and kept saying "so
soft.” I told the girls that their hair was beautiful as well.
Everyone had their hair in braids and the texture is very different. I
don’t think they’ve seen anyone with my type of hair before. I took down
my hair for them and everyone was at my head..the girls were braiding it, it
was very funny. While a couple of them were braiding my hair, the others
wanted to hold my hand. I felt a bit like a human playground! (In the best
When it was time for feeding, all the kids got into a line. I helped with
putting food into each plate and giving it to the kids. I was told that
this is sometimes the kid’s only meal for the day, or for a few days. The
shelter tries to provide as much food as they can for the kids but they run out
money quickly and cant always provide. After feeding some of the kids go
back home if they have mothers and fathers to go back to.
We had very hungry children, some coming back for second and thirds. Our very
large pot of food ran out very quickly.
I then took out my saxophone and
started playing for them. The kids were fascinated, their eyes got big while
watching my fingers move and some of them pressed a few buttons on my horn.
The kids sang me a nursery song they
all knew and I played with them. The sound of their voices was so beautifulI
love the pure tones of these young kids; the high notes ringing out so clearly
and together the sound is full of joy!!
I then did a little call and response
song with them where I sang then they sang. I played, and they
sang. I put it in lots of handclaps and fun rhythms for them as well
which they loved. They were full of smiles and giggles not to mention
LOTS of enthusiasm!!! They all clapped at the end and it was already time
for us to go.
As I was packing up I talked to the
woman who is in charge of the shelter. She was saying it’s amazing for
the kids to meet other people and that the gift of music was so special for
them. Earlier in the week they met other people from the US (who were
part of Rebecca’s Well.) They loved all the new faces. She was also
saying any help they can get with funding is extremely helpful. They try to feed the kids as much as
they can, but sometimes they cant because they run out of money.. This
woman hugged one of the founders of Rebecca’s well for a very long time and
there were tears coming down her face. It was very moving. As I was
packing up and leaving these two young girls ran in. They both had their
arms around me, wanting me to pick them up and give them piggyback rides. Which
As I was leaving the kids were all singing the song I had played for them and
clapping their hands. It’s amazing how fast young ones pick up on music.
It doesn’t take them long to get it and the melodies stay in their ears. Even
this melody they had never heard before was internalized and remembered in
their heads 20 minutes later! The woman of the organization said some of
them said to her they were still hungry for more music. It was so
touching. The kids were all waving to me and saying "bye Grace.” I
really wanted to take them all home with me.
I’ve never seen lives like
this before. I’ve only seen things on TV and read about it. It’s a
completely different experience to meet these people, see these kids and
experience it through my own eyes. I realize that none of us have a
choice of what family we’re born into, where in the world we’re born and our
circumstances…it’s something we live with. I feel so fortunate to be in
the situation I am In with an incredible family and a dream I able to
live. My hope was that I gave some inspiration to the kids today. The
translator told them that I was only 10 years old when I started playing (many
of them were that age) and then they were told about my journey in music.
I have no way to relate to they life they live, but I hope and pray that they
will be able to find a passion and talent in life that will help them get out
of their situation and lead a comfortable happy life. Rebecca’s well is helping
them do that.
I also realize that kids are just kids, anywhere in the world. I looked
at one girl who had such a sparkle in her eye when she saw me, so much
excitement. You see that with any 6 year old in the world. We (my dad and
I) walked down the street and saw some kids making up a game with a piece of
string they found. It’s so crazy to me how these little kids are playing with string while
other young kids around the world are playing with their Iphones.
The next day we went back to Soweto to meet with some of the women the program is helping and working with.
Please check out Rebecca well’s website www.rebeccaswell.org and if you have any way to donate
please do. I can tell you that I witnessed with my own eye the good this
foundation is doing for these people. They create a world of difference
for these women to find shelter, jobs and for these children to return home
with a full tummy. If you can’t donate with money but want to do
something, donation of clothes or anything you can think of (old computers,
books, canned foods etc) are all very helpful to the cause and will go to
I hope it doesn’t sound like I am an
advertisement. That is not what I’m trying to do at all. I have
been so overwhelmed with what I saw today and yesterday that I wanted to share
it with you with my own words.
~By Grace Kelly on April-27-2012 @ 00:29: AM
On my way home. Currently jetting in the sky!! I watched the
animation movie "lady is a tramp" such a great movie. It’s amazing how
after becoming a dog owner in obsessed with anything dog related.
Speaking of which, I am so excited to see my mom and dog when we get
home!! There’s nothing like having Asher jump all over us with a doggy
welcome its one of the best greetings ever. :)
last night was the last performance of our 5 day run at Marian’s jazz
club. We had a wonderful time and the second set audience was the most
enthusiastic of the week. It’s always so nice to leave with a great
~By Grace Kelly on April-20-2012 @ 8:11: PM
this last couples of days has been so amazing and incredibly inspiring. A lot
of my fans that have been following my shows recently know that i’ve been
putting a lot more singer songwriter works of mine into my set list. I’ve
changed my band from piano to guitar and I’m going further into the musical direction
that I want to go. A lot of people know me as a jazz saxophonist (although I
prefer to just sax saxophonist! Some people know me as a blues/ rock
saxophonist too!) but I juggle many different things including singing, writing
and arranging. I’ve been singing ever since I could talk and I love it. It’s a
big part of who I am and why I got into music.
The other thing a lot of people don’t know is I was 7 years old when I wrote my
first song. It was a folk song that I later went on to record on my first cd.
The song is called "on my way home." I knew three chords at the piano
and that’s all I needed. The melody just flew out of my mouth and since then
I’ve been hooked! It’s been so great to be at this conference because I’ve
gotten to hear the stories, inspiration and musical ideas from songwriters and
people who are in the contemporary world of music. It’s been fascinating. I
went to see a concert where don Felder (from the eagles) the Go Go’s, Allen Shamblin
(he wrote so many big songs but one of his biggest was a song Bonnie Raitt
recorded. You might have heard of it "I can’t make you love me" .
There were a couple other mega songwriters performing stripped down acoustic
versions of their song. And yes don Felder did sing and play "hotel
California" with his raging fiery guitar solo that got everyone all worked
I have to say though Allen Shamblin’s performance was incredible. I’m never
going to forget it. I was close to sobbing when he sang "I can’t make you
love me" along with the other two songs he sang. Please check him out if
you haven’t. His words, his music and his songs are so honest and pure they
really hit home for me.
There’s something amazing about hearing the songwriter sing their own song.
Allan def brought that out, and his version was so different. He played it
almost out of time. The chords were strummed oh so quickly and slowly while he
sang those words with so much heart. It gives me chills thinking about his
performance that night.
I realized that that’s the true gift of music. The biggest compliment someone
can give me and saying "wow you really touched me." or "you made
me cry" or "I needed to hear that." it’s what I call the
"goosebumps effect" when I get goodebumps, I know it’s real because I
can’t create that feeling myself.
~By Grace Kelly on April-18-2012 @ 7:54: PM
Met a musical mentor of mine in the morning and then headed over to amp
studios, which is where I met my musicians who are backing me up for my
Great musicians, super nice people, rehearsal was easy-peazy!! I like it that
Went to Jason Mraz’s show at night (he was on Jimmy Kimmel and played two songs
live. After they stopped filming he played 3 more songs for the audience! It
After headed over to the hard rock cafe to do a meet and greet with a lot of
other people attending this ASCAP event. It starts tomorrow!!
~By Grace Kelly on April-17-2012 @ 7:52: PM
Met a musical friend in the -afternoon then dad told me to dress up because he
had a surprise for me. We walked over and went into this alleyway. The surprise
was we were going to see Jimmy Kimmel live!!! The even cool surprise was we
were his guests and got to go backstage. :)
The back-story behind all of this (I found out later) was dad had got tix to
the show (which was walking distance from our hotel) and then contacted our
friend Huey Lewis to see if we could get backstage. Huey Lewis is the nicest
most generous guy and he hooked it up for us.
It was sooo fun! I got to meet the whole band, really nice guys and then see
the show, which was great. The videos that play before the show starts, which
are like spoofs jimmy does with other famous actors had me laughing so hard. He
was fantastic too. I got to meet jimmy and he was super cool and told me he had
checked out my site and liked my music :)
I’m hoping one day soon I’ll be on his show!!
The best part was the whole crew seemed to know it was a surprise for me and
were asking "are you surprised?" hehe I also heard Jimmy Kimmel say
Jason Mraz was going to be there music guest tomorrow night and I got so
excited because I love Jason Mraz and have never seen him live. The staff
hooked that up for me as well, and got us a VIP pass to his concert outside!!
Had a late night dinner with my super cool cousin. Was SO great catching up.
~By Grace Kelly on April-16-2012 @ 7:50: PM
Woke up early, went out to breakfast w dad. Staying at a hotel right in the Hollywood boulevard area. We get to walk by all the Hollywood stars (plus all the other tourist things) but the stars are very cool!!
I hung out with a friend of mine in the afternoon and at night went and checked out a club called "baked potato." their menu consists of all potato items which are baked in a grill in the back. The schedule said that they were having a jam session that night and I figured it would be something jazzy since I heard it was one of the good jazz clubs to go to. Walked in and heard this ridiculously groovy music. The band was amazing. They were rocking out to Pink Floyd and other songs. Wow the guitarist I saw was unbelievable, he had technique mixed with musicality down and had me listening with my whole body. I love all sorts of music. Doesn’t matter if I walk into a room of amazing jazz, or pink Floyd. Quincy Jones says, "Good music is good music"
Also I’m happy to announce that I found musicians for my peformance! We rehearse wed.
~By Grace Kelly on April-15-2012 @ 7:48: PM
Beautiful sunny la. The weather is perfect. The food is so fresh (the
vegetables are unbelieveable!!!! I’m a happy girl. I’m here in la for the ASCAP
songwriting conference. ASCAP (music foundation) has put together an amazing event,
which takes place during 4 days with panels, meet and greets, one on ones and
performances!!! There’s like 30 amazing panelist from songwriter and/or
performers like Carly Simon, Bruno mars, Dan Wilson, Allen Shamblin to music TV
people, music production people, everything! It sounds super exciting. I’m just
here to be a listener, make connections and learn!!
About a week ago ASCAP emailed me and told me they would like me to showcase
two of my songs at their annual showcasing event in this conference. Very
exciting news!! I’ve been emailing friends and trying to get numbers of la
musicians who can play with me all day, which is a pretty stressful task. I
haven’t done a ton of work in the west coast and the festivals I have done have
been with my own band. I really hope to come back to ca more often. I love it
~By Grace Kelly on January-25-2012 @ 1:22: PM
Hello Everyone!! HAPPY BELATED NEW
YEAR!!! There’s been so much happening since the last time I updated
you. I graduated from the Berklee College of music last month. I’m
officially done with school and I love the freedom. I will be doing an
artist in Residence series at Berklee starting next Tuesday (Jan 31st.)
The series is called the, "Multi-faceted bandleader” and covers topics from
creating a band, rehearsing the band, communicating to your audience, promoting
your music and touring. If any of you have kids at Berklee or friends
please encourage them to come contact me and come to this series!
In the beginning of
the New Year I was performing at the Iridium Jazz club in NY for two
nights. I’ve switched up the instrumentation of the Grace Kelly quintet
and we’ve been doing gigs with an incredible guitarist, Pete McCann who is so versatile
it blows my mind. I’ve been writing a lot of new works including
singer/songwriter type of music and experimenting with that. We’ve been
changing my set to include lots of new songs and as always my set list
continues to be very eclectic ;-)
I had the honor of being a special
guest at the National Endowment of Arts Jazz Masters Ceremony held at Rose Hall
in the Lincoln center building. I opened up the whole ceremony with Phil
Woods and the Lincoln Jazz Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis. We
played a ripping fast tune by Dizzy Gillespie called, "Things to come.”
You can check out a video of that night here! I’m on first thing!
It was such a beautiful thing to see
all of these jazz masters come together and laugh, smile and catch up with each
other. It was quite an honor for me. There were so many amazing musicians
there. Jack Dejohnette, Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Sheila Jordan,
Jimmy Owens, Ornette Coleman, John Hendricks. There were probably about 30 Jazz
masters who had been previously awarded that were there. It was quite an
I’ve been working on lots of new
music in my laboratory in my room recently. I set up a couple recording
mics, hooked it into my computer and now I’m making tracks and experimenting
with different midi sounds mixed with voice and sax. It’s very exciting,
cool and addicting!!
I was also just in the recording studio
with my band last week to demo a lot of my new music. We just received
the roughs yesterday. It’s so exciting! It is always so exciting to
hear my new music in the studio! The feeling never gets old. I feel like
a little kid in a candy shop.
I’m heading off to the Washington DC
tomorrow to play at the Kennedy center with my band and Phil Woods. We’ll
be making a stop in NYC before we come home next week to mix some of the rough
demos. I can’t wait for you to hear them!
~By Grace Kelly on January-01-2012 @ 10:01: PM
~By Grace Kelly on November-02-2011 @ 1:29: PM
Woke up at the crack of dawn today,
actually before! Caught a 7 am plane from San Francisco to Seattle. This
is my first time in Seattle I love it. We’re staying here and playing for
2 nights. It’s such a luxury, I’m so happy that I don’t have to pack up
my luggage tonight. We’re staying in a charming hotel near by to many shops and
restaurants. Tomorrow is the day where I’m going to check out the famous
Tonight was so fun. The
music was just bursting and it was because we had such an enthusiastic crowd.
Thank you to all who made it such a memorable night! Tomorrow I will be on the
radio for a live interview and then another performance!
~By Grace Kelly on October-09-2011 @ 09:14: AM
Today was a full eventful day! I
am in sunny beautiful South Africa! Yesterday I played my concert at the
church and had a lovely time working with the band and the choir! We did
my arrangement of "Let there Be Peace on Earth” from my CD "Grace.” Very
fun! Today I attended Church and played at the service a bit. I’ve never
experienced a type of church h service like this. They mainly sing and
have the whole band playing behind the minister for most of the service.
They sing lots of contemporary spiritual/ Christian rock songs and the whole
room is dancing and singing along. It’s a very moving experience.
After service today we went to Sheila’s house (the women who doing all of the
fundraising work for Rebecca’s Well http://www.rebeccaswell.org/) and I got to
hang with lots of the musicians and local people here. We had lots of
fun. And the funniest thing about today is I got locked in the
bathroom. Ha-ha. I must have been in their bathroom for like 20 min
trying to figure out the key until finally I Knocked loud and was rescued by
the man of the house as he nearly slammed the door down. Then everyone
started clapping as I walked out. I felt like I was on a reality TV
show. Ha-ha. It was so embarrassing and hilarious and my dad was
taping (of course.)
One last exciting thing about today, friend of mine
emailed Hugh Masekela to tell him that I was in town and that he should see my
gig. He was going to come yesterday but got tied up. However, he wanted
to talk to me and we talked on the phone today and connected. He sounded
so nice and we’re going to connect when he comes to Boston. It’s amazing
that he’s in Johannesburg because he said he’s been on tour for the last 6
months now. Can you imagine?! The legend is in his 70s and still
touring like crazy! Wow!
~By Grace Kelly on October-01-2011 @ 09:41: AM
Thank you to all who joined us at Café
939 last night! We had an overly packed room full of amazing
energy!! The show featured the Grace Kelly Experiment, playing more of my
singer-songwriter fused works along with bands Columbus and the Neo Soul
ensemble. We called it, "Night of Groove” and man by the end of the night
everyone was dancing!! I really had a ball. Always fun to play hits with
different projects of mine!
~By Grace Kelly on September-30-2011 @ 09:38: AM
Finished a long exciting day.
I’ve been filming my first music video yesterday and today! I’ve been
collaborating with a wonderful filmmaker who I actually met during the Glamour
Magazine process. He (his name is Kris) had filmed me for one of the
Glamour interviews. Once we had got to talking, we realized we had a lot in
common. He’s actually a great musician, along with film maker and
composer and we kept in touch and now he’s working on this video with me!
The video is for my song "Sweet Sweet Baby!” I did everything from climbing
the roof of my house (which is slanted on both ends, I was scared out of my
MIND) to running behind cars. I also danced in the field near my house
(with Asher) and sat in a cabinet box. The other big idea for this video
was for it to be a collaborative effort. I wanted a lot of other faces involved
so we had about 30 friends and fans come to Boston and we did a series of
things with them. We had everyone from 2 years old to people in there 70’s!
I can’t wait to see how the whole thing turns out. The video
captured everything I wanted spontaneity, happiness, good vibes, laughter.
Everyone was wearing lots of bright colors and it was a glorious day
outside. We really shot so much footage that we could probably make 7
vids! Ha-ha. It was a very creative process. We even had a wheelchair so
that my dad could wheel Kris around ( to get a steady shot) while I followed
them with a boom box blasting my song so people could lip sync along!
Stay tuned. Can’t wait to show you the final product!
~By Grace Kelly on September-26-2011 @ 09:25: AM
Had a fun time hitting with Bill
Banfield and the Jazz Urbane today at the Berklee Beantown jazz fest. We
were so fortunate to have beautiful weather, (a bit humid) but the sun was
shining! Thanks to all of you who were out there hooting and hollering!
night I played at the Bethel AME church with George Russell Jr. and the Bethel
AME church choir. It was a concert raising funds for Rebecca’s Well. an
organization raising money to help starving children in South Africa along with
disadvantaged women. Rebecca’s Well gives an opportunity for these women
to learn skills for jobs and to have children eat along with so many other
wonderful things. I am heading to South Africa in just a couple weeks to
do a concert there.
Monday I head to NYC to play at Dizzy’s jazz club
with my band and Phil Woods. We will be there Monday and Tuesday.
7:30 and 9:30..if you are in the area please come out!!
~By Grace Kelly on September-22-2011 @ 09:23: AM
I was so honored to be asked to be part
of Marian McPartland’s tribute concert at Dizzy’s in NY tonight. We drove
earlier in the day and got there in time for sound check. The first set I
got to play with Jon Weber (a wonderful pianist originally from Chicago.) We
had lots of fun swingingggg! Jon had interviewed me on his radio show
earlier that month, it was so great to see him again and get to play.
Second set I got to play with the legendary Larry Willis. It’s amazing
how sometimes in just one tune you can make magic happen..
We drove home that night and got home
at 4 AM.!! Eeek!! It’s still nice to sleep in my own bed though J
~By Grace Kelly on September-01-2011 @ 6:47: PM
Hope everyone stayed
safe in the hurricane. Unfortunately my Rockport gig with the band and
Phil got canceled due to the storm but the new date will be on Dec 11, 2011 , so please
come out to that! The Shailin Liu Performance Center hall is just
gorgeous, if not for the music you should come to see the beautiful venue ;-)
but hopefully for both!
Our power was out for a couple days and it was
down to the basics. Candles, pasta and tuna and books.
actually out of power and water since we functions on a well system :-O
I’ve been helping a
few friends move into their new apartments, it is Sept. 1!! And tomorrow I
leave for Maryland for the Monty Alexander Jazz fest. Then it’s off to NY
~By Grace Kelly on August-26-2011 @ 6:44: PM
Heading back from NY
at the moment. Drove into the city earlier this morning to be on a new
show with host and pianist Jon Weber that will be on NPR. It’s a new
series featuring young up and coming jazz musicians. When I walked in
Julian Lage was finishing up his interview session and yesterday Taylor Eigsti
was interviewed. The host Jon and I had a really really fun time talking and
playing. He is such an amazing pianist and we really got to wail. I’m
very excited for this interview to air! Then after that Dad and I went to
Stage Deli and ate way too much. Ha-ha. Today is the perfect
example of what not to eat on the road. This morning we stopped at a rest
stop and I got a frozen yogurt for breakfast and then I had a giant plate of
roast beef for dinner. Yikes! Salads for the next week for me!!
~By Grace Kelly on August-20-2011 @ 1:03: PM
Hope you’re having a lovely summer :)
I just came back from my trip to Oslo Norway last night. We had a fantastic time playing for the wonderful audience there. I loved checking out the city. It’s one of the most beautiful cities that I’ve seen! I am very excited to announce that I am in the beginning stages of creating my first music video!! The first song we will be making a video for is one I recorded earlier this summer called, "Sweet sweet baby.”
One of the first things that popped into my head when thinking about ideas for this video was including my fans, friends and family in it. Here’s what you can do…(and I would love it if you did)
1. Listen to my song "Sweet Sweet Baby” (it’s on my facebook site. www.facebook.com/gracekellyjazz(you can download it for free) or go to soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/gracekellyjazz/sweet-sweet-baby
2. Just sing the words "Sweet Sweet Baby" while VIDEO RECORDING yourself!! Please play my track and sing along with it. Do it with friends, sing it to your dog, sing it with you girlfriend, boyfriend, husband WHOMEVER! Or do it yourself !! There’s no need to sing 1000 times and try to make it perfect. We wont end up using your audio, but we’ll use your visual, so have fun while doing it. You can record it on your computer, on your phone,on your video camera, whatever works for you. Make it spontaneous !! It would be great if you could record the whole song so we can have options to choose from, but if you only have time to sing a little bit that’s ok too.
3. Email the video to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I really look forward to seeing what you guys come up with!! Dance, sing, be goofy, do whatever! If you don’t have time to take a video of yourself singing the song, you could send a picture of you and your "Sweet Sweet Baby” (again that is open to your boyfriend, girlfriend, pet, child, grandchild, husband, wife, and everything else!) Try to get pics and video to me by Sunday September 25th
Here are the words:
Sweet sweet baby
How I love to wake up to your arms in the morning
Sweet sweet baby
How your kisses never grow old
And I love to hear you say
I love you
(I love you)
You know everyday I just grow more crazy about you
Sweet sweet baby
Sweet sweet baby
You’ll never know all the things you do that make me smile
Sweet sweet baby
I love to cuddle up and watch some TV for a while
Cause lying here the world, the world slows down
The blaring sirens the city noise
Turns to distant sounds
Sweet sweet baby
Let’s run away for the month of June
Float up to mars in a big balloon
Then after lets rent a UFO
Travel to space see if creatures roam
Go to Bermuda to see pink sand
Or stay at home and have nothing planned
It doesn’t matter, as long as we go as two
Sweet sweet baby
Sweet sweet baby
I never let someone like you inside my life
Sweet sweet baby
Then you turn your head and you looked right in my eyes
I know that this time
This times for real
Cause when you hold me in your arms
The whole world disappears
Sweet sweet baby
Sweet sweet baby (repeat and fade)
~By Grace Kelly on August-18-2011 @ 12:33: AM
We arrived In Oslo Norway after traveling all
night! My boyfriend came home after a month long tour but we only had
time to meet up in the airport because he came home a few hours earlier than my
flight! I guess that’s the life of musician’s ha-ha. I would
always take seeing him for 2 hours than not seeing him at all!!
This my first time in Oslo and it’s such a
beautiful place. The buildings are so beautiful, clean, lots of people around;
it has such a great vibe. Had an incredible lunch with Phil..and I mean
incredible. We had the freshest seafood lunch. Mussels, salmon, boiled
potatoes, mmmm. Phil has taught me the proper way to eat muscles. You’re
not supposed to eat them with the fork. You’re supposed to take one empty
mussel and then grab the other mussel and eat it that way. I forgot in
the beginning and was eating with a fork (like everyone usually does) and he
was like, " no no!! What are you doing/! Like this!!” Ha-ha.
The band and I went out with a couple of my friends from Berklee who live here
in Oslo. We had great Indian dinner and they walked us around. We
checked out Lage Lund at the club and then I came back. I had only slept
an hour in the hotel and I was absolutely exhausted. The good thing about
that is I basically slept through the night. Woke up to have a very big
grant buffet breakfast downstairs and now I’m preparing for the gig
tonight. We play tonight at 7. There are venues all around the town
and if you look at the Oslo jazz fest schedule there’s been music at every hour
of the day for the last week. Very impressive! Some of my favorite
artists like Brian Blade will be here. Charlie Haden and his liberation
orchestra were here yesterday. Will update more soon!
~By Grace Kelly on August-06-2011 @ 01:29: AM
~By Grace Kelly on July-07-2011 @ 9:53: PM
Packing up heading to Germany today. Taking
a red eye and getting there in the afternoon then we have our performance at
night. Will be a long day, wish us luck! Then we head to
Austria. Should be fun! Will keep you updated!
~By Grace Kelly on July-03-2011 @ 9:49: PM
So ecstatic to have a wonderful review written
about our performance. See Here:
The writer Bernard Perusse wrote an incredible
review on the quintet last year and I’m so glad he got a chance to come to the
performance this year as well. I actually got to meet him quickly. he’s a
very nice guy. He also put us on his 2011favorite acts in Montreal
list. Check that out too. What can I say except I’m extremely
honored!! Thank you Bernie!
~By Grace Kelly on July-02-2011 @ 9:47: PM
Had an incredible show at Montreal Jazz Festival. It was so great to be back at the legendary festival for the second year in a row! I was so happy to hear that the Grace Kelly Quintet with special guest Phil Woods had been SOLD OUT like 2 weeks in advance!! We were in a beautiful small theatre the Gesu and the audience’s energy was contagious. It is always such a pleasure playing for an excited audience and this was one! The band played great, Phil showed his usual mastery of the alto. It was so much fun. You can see some of it here:
I came out after the show to sign CDS and there was a line through the lobby!! I got to meet so many people and funny enough a few people from Massachusetts who were in Montreal to see the fest. Before the performance I did about 5 or 6 interviews at the Festival press room. I got to talk to the wonderful writer who reviewed my cd "GracefulLee” the one feat. Lee Konitz in Downbeat. He had given the cd 4 ½ stars and a lovely review. It was so nice to meet him in person and get this, his name is Michael Jackson!! We were both having quite a laugh. Grace Kelly and Michael Jackson…first time in history!! He is a lovely guy, very funny and hip with his funky sunglasses and cool clothes. After the performance mom dad and I found some food near by and were actually talking about Michael and he bumped right into us. Crazy! The four of us chatted for a couple hours until we retired to bed.
~By Grace Kelly on July-01-2011 @ 9:39: PM
In Montreal. We drove from Boston, met Phil
Woods in New York then all drove together, had a pleasant drive. He brought some
wonderful goodies for me!! He handed me about 5 or 6 of his new cds and DVDs we
could watch in the car! We watched a couple wonderful DVDS of Milton
Nascimento (who was actually at Montreal) and Elis Regina. We then
stopped for a nice Italian lunch in Lake George and Phil and I split a
pizza. We were all pretty beat from the car ride, but had a nice dinner that
night and I had a craving for a crepe. Dad and I went searching for
crepes at 11 PM ha-ha and we found them, in the nick of time! I had a
strawberry chocolate crepe. Mmmm…
~By Grace Kelly on June-30-2011 @ 9:34: PM
Today was a crazy day! It went from a
meeting in the morning to us running to Scullers to do a video shoot and on the
way I got a call from a radio station. I totally forgot I was suppose to be on
air doing an interview for and internet station in DC! I can’t believe I forgot
that, that never happens! It managed to all work out and I did the hour
interview (which was lovely), here’s the link, http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cres-oneal/2011/06/30/grace-kelly-1.
and then I did the video shoot. I have to say, it was
quite a lot of talking ha-ha.
Later that night I was back at Scullers and was a
special guest with Al Vega (the legendary Boston pianist). Al Vega was celebrating
his 90th birthday and he still has the energy of a 20
year old. He has some type of youth formula don’t even understand!
He played a full 2 hours with like 14 musical guests and was still ready to
keep going. He’s quite a legendary pianist who played with all the
musical greats who passed through Boston throughout his career. He also
has been coaching Babe Ruth baseball for 54 years of his life and still does
it. Boy, he makes us all look bad ha-ha. He sounded better than
ever and I got to sing and play some classic standards with him. Quite a fun
night. Gatherings for Al are always packed and full of wonderful friendly
people. It def feels like a giant jazz family!
~By Grace Kelly on June-26-2011 @ 9:01: PM
I had a wonderful time at the Berkshires. We
played an outdoor concert and an absolutely stunning famous garden. There was a
point in the last song that we played that was absolutely magical. The
music seemed to start mixing with the wind and nature and we just played to our
surroundings. It had the sense or "searching” and was just flowing
beautifully. Those moments are so hard to explain in words but are the
most special spontaneous ones.
We also had a special guest join us for a couple of songs. He is Eli Newberger MD a really cool guy and tuba Player. http://www.elinewberger.com/
~By Grace Kelly on June-25-2011 @ 8:59: PM
Slept in real late. Had a very relaxing day
looking out to the beautiful green. We went to see Earth Wind and Fire
tonight!! We were out in the lawn and for the beginning it was raining but
luckily it cleared up. We packed our dinner
and everything. The group sounded so funky and my goodness Philip Bailey can
still hit those high notes like nobody’s business!! I ran inside near the
end and was very near to the stage! It was so exciting and I was dancing my
butt off! I absolutely LOVE earth wind and fire and knew most of the
~By Grace Kelly on June-24-2011 @ 8:57: PM
Traveled to Philly with Dad Jason, Doug and Asher
in the car! It was a pretty long trip but we just came back from a 2000
mile 10 day trip so this one doesn’t feel too long. We played at the Philly’s
beautiful art museum. They have a weekly jazz series. We played in a
beautiful open area where people gathered all around and on the steps.
There were many jazz fans that came for the performance. I have to say
that the museum is absolutely gorgeous. The outside of it is breath
taking. My art history teacher was saying that it’s the closest to seeing
the Greek Parthenon. The band was joking that we should play Rocky’s
theme song while one of us ran up the steps he! he!.
I met some lovely people
at this performance including someone from South Africa! It’s always
exciting when someone tells me they’re from a far a way place (especially one I
haven’t been) and that they’re bringing my cds back to share. I
absolutely love that. I also got to meet Jordan
(my drummer’s) whole family. They all live there so they were delighted
that I brought him to perform in Philly (so they could see them) and it was so
nice meeting them!
Headed right to the Berkshires after. It was 4 more
hours of driving. But before we did we stopped to eat some food. We
found a great dumpling place in the heart of Philly. Their specialty was
"Juicy pork buns” when I bit into them there was broth all around the actually
dumpling meat. It was just delicious! I have no idea how they make them
but I want some right now!! We got to the Berkshires around 3:30 in the
morning and Dad stayed up listening to the TV show Dexter that Doug was
watching on his phone (via netflix). I think they watched 4 episodes or
~By Grace Kelly on June-17-2011 @ 11:09: PM
Best Music Poll
I got amazing news yesterday. I won
"Best Jazz Act” from the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll !!!!!! Thank you to
EVERYONE who voted!! You guys are the best and I cant thank you
enough. 4th year in a row. On ward and up!
~By Grace Kelly on June-16-2011 @ 11:05: PM
I feel so sad to be leaving Rochester NY. We performed at one of my favorite festivals in the world!! The Rochester Jazz Festival. I was there for the first time last year and we had such an amazing time. The club we played in last year was more than sold out for both sets and people were lining up around the BLOCK. It was crazy, people wanted us back this year and the lovely festival directors John Nugent and Mark made sure that happened. This time we were at a big beautiful hall, Kilbourn Hall, and people greeted us with that same enthusiasm. They were again wrapped around the block four hours before our concert and both sets were sold-out.
We had a great two sets. I always tell people that the energy of the audience changes the music for us. If we really feel it from you then it comes out in the music. The music was soaring that night!! We played a pretty eclectic set from jazz to funk, some of my new singer songwriter works. I was pretty confident that this crowd would enjoy it all because this festival has a wide range of music. Elvis Costello is one of the main headliners along with KD Lang, Chris Botti, Bela Fleck and Natalie Cole (all different nights.) I freaked out when I looked at the poster and saw my picture right next to Chris Botti’s and Bela Fleck’s. That was pretty cool :-D
This festival is amazing. There are about 140000 people that attend it goes on for 10 days of music all day with big acts at night. The night before I got to sit in the front row of the big hall and see Bela Fleck and the original Flecktones. What can I say? When I left my mouth was hanging open. It looked like the whole audience walked out in a daze. I didn’t know it was possible to play what the musicians play on their instruments. I really think they’re from a different planet. Victor Wooten stole the show playing an unbelievable solo bass part at the end. Everyone jumped to his or her feet. I went to the jam session that night and played. Not only does the audience go venue-to-venue, stand in line, watch a show then another, but they also stay for the jam session until 2 AM!! The jam session is Packed!! Funny story. I met a woman who was sitting next to me and I started making conversation with her. I had said, "How do people stay up this late? Don’t they need to go to work tomorrow” She said, "yeah it’s pretty crazy My husband and I canceled work tomorrow so we could stay up late tonight and see you tomorrow. We knew if we had work we wouldn’t be able to stand in line and see you.” I didn’t even know what to say. I still don’t know what to say except these people are dedicated music fans!!!!
I am currently in Cleveland Ohio in a big house. It’s pretty cool. The guy put us up in a huge house instead of a hotel and I’m in the master bedroom. Very big and comfy and everything is furnished. The only problem this morning was I got woken up by the birds :-/ and there’s a beautiful skylight but light was right in my face. It actually reminded me of home because the birds are always super loud in the morning. My mom says she/s been dealing with a really annoying woodpecker at 6:30 am every morning and Asher (my dog) starts barking like a mad man. We had a fun set last night at Night Town. It’s my first time in Cleveland and people are super enthusiastic. Last night I saw a woman really bopping her head to the music and smiling. After wards she came up to me and said, "could you sign my cd to Mrs. Hank Mobley, ”I said to her, " as in THE Hank Mobley?!” I couldn’t believe it!! Who would have thought…here in Cleveland I met Hank Mobley’s wife! We got to talk for a bit before the next set. I told her I had to introduce her to Jason Palmer (my trumpeter) because I knew he would freak out. Jason knows the whole history of jazz!! I told her to stick around and we would do that before the night was over…however I ended up giving her a shout out in the second set and you should have seen the look on Jason’s face. It was so funny. He freaked out!! After I saw him talk to her for like 2 hours after the show. In the first set I met my boyfriends grandmother for the first time! She lives in Cleveland and I told her we were going to be at Night Town so she made sure to be there with some people and she is the sweetest lady. It was so nice to meet her. Today we are heading to East Lansing Michigan (Doug, my pianists, hometown.) We are playing their Summer Solstice Jazz festival. Looking forward!
~By Grace Kelly on June-13-2011 @ 10:54: PM
We are in NYC and I just attended the ASCAP
"young jazz composer” award ceremony. It was a great night and I’m
honored to have been chosen in that category. There were many speakers and
performances. They were honoring living legend Jimmy Heath and George Avakian
and also historical legends Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone. One of the
speakers was Paul Williams. Funny story: after I was meeting some of
these people and went up to Mr. Williams to talk to him and get a photo.
He then said to me, "Congratulations Really looking forward to seeing huge
things from you Grace.” I ran back to my Dad and was so excited saying,
"he remembered my name!! How did he remember my name?!” And then I
realized that my nametag was smack in the middle of my outfit. Haha.
Thought that was funny.
It was so great to see Jimmy Heath honored.
I met him 4 years ago at the Stanford Jazz workshop and we’ve been in contact
ever since. He has so much youthfulness and still sounds amazing. I
swear he hasn’t aged at all. He’s like cheese! Or rather really
~By Grace Kelly on June-10-2011 @ 12:42: AM
I had my first
experience being an MC last night!! Well to be exact I was a Co-MC. It
was a lot of fun. There were times I felt like Vanna White while holding up items
that people could purchase at the silent auction! I was Co-MC with the
well-known food critic Dan Andleman from Phantom Gourmet.
Dan Andelman and Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly, Mary Chin, and David Woronov
was for the AACA foundation. (Asian American Civic
Association) Here’s their link http://aaca-boston.org/site/The AACA has been going on
for about 44 years now and gives immigrants many opportunities to learn
English, get job training and jobs and so much more. It was such a touching evening and I
felt so proud to be Asian American and be supporting this amazing
foundation. Please check it out!
We were honoring my friend Ming
Tsai, the amazing chef. Ming Tsai and I have this silly inside joke that
whenever he sees me he wants to steal my saxophone. He always says,”
Where’s my saxophone?!” I performed in the later part of the
evening! It was a lovely night
~By Grace Kelly on June-09-2011 @ 12:34: AM
Very exciting news. Asher (my dog) is officially the dad of 4 new puppies!!!! Just heard the news. Apparently Princess (his girlfriend) had them this morning. Going to visit them very soon and will try to take pics..(if princess lets me.) Last year she had one puppy and was very protective of her in the beginning. I managed to get a few pics and videos but she started to snap if I got too close!!
Asher’s Puppies born 6/9/11
~By Grace Kelly on June-08-2011 @ 12:38: AM
Summer has been going
very well. It’s starting to get very hot though. Today I started
the beginning of the Grace Kelly summer tour documentary. We did the
beginning interview and will be working on this project throughout the
summer. My hope is we’ll be able to interview a lot of my friends in the
music industry,(musicians, club owners, critics) and we’ll be showing lots of
footage of the band and me during sound check, in the van traveling and
more. We are going to set it up so that the video cuts back from present
time (performances now) to flashbacks of when I was young and how I got
started. Today we made sure to cover a range of questions that I’ve been
asked many times by people and writers. Questions like, "when did you
start playing?” "What’s it like to be on the road?” "Do you feel like you
missed out on part of your childhood?” "Favorite story on the road.”
Things like that. If you guys have any questions that you’d like me to
touch in please send me an email and let me know. While we keep the
camera rolling on tour I’ll be sure to answer some of those. It’d be
great to have a section of the documentary called, "what my lovely fans are
~By Grace Kelly on May-20-2011 @ 10:24: PM
Sitting at the
airport in Minneapolis. It’s 7:15 now, we got up at 6!! It always
surprises me to wake up that early to get to the airport and seeing people in
the lobby reading newspapers, and other people walking around. I’m such a
night owl that I forget people are up and about early!! Haha. Heading home
today, got to kick back and relax yesterday after my one performance in the afternoon.
Caught up on my favorite tv show (at the moment) "Ugly Betty.”
~By Grace Kelly on May-18-2011 @ 10:21: PM
Finished a concert here at the Festival of Homiletics
convention in Minneapolis. It was great fun and in a beautiful
church. The church has very high ceilings so its always a bit of a
balancing issue with that much beautiful reverb! The Festival of Homiletics
is made up of 2000 preachers and other beautiful folks who gather together and
listen to many great speakers. I was invited to do the convention last
year where it was in Nashville. There was such a great response that the
director invited me back this year, in Minneapolis. I also got a chance to
join the other musical guest Peter Mayer in his concert and he played in
mine! Peter is a unbelievable guitarist and singer! He has worked
with so many people including being a side man with Jimmy buffet for the last
20 years. Check him out if you get a chance. The nicest guy too.
Playing at the convention tomorrow and then
coming home Fri! I’m looking forward to a few days off, its been pretty non
stop these last 10days! The weather has been beautiful though and I’ve been
surrounded by lovely music and meeting so many wonderful people. Never a
dull moment! Love it!
~By Grace Kelly on May-16-2011 @ 10:16: PM
Worked with the Brazosport High School jazz bands
here in Jackson Lake Texas and I have to tell you I was absolutely blown away.
The day was a crazy one. Woke up at 4am, took a plane to Houston, got driven a
couple hours to Jackson Lake, got some lunch, rehearsal with the big bands, BBQ
dinner (with a surprise birthday cake) and then the concert! Then we were
driven a couple hours back to the hotel that was near the airport in Houston!
The kids played an amazing concert and just to give you a sense of how
thoughtful and sweet they were. I was walking back to my dressing room and saw
a card on the floor. They all got one birthday card and signed it to
me. The band director didn’t even know about it!
Even the junior band (made up of 7th and 8thgraders) were playing charts like "Springtime
in Paris” and really swinging.
~By Grace Kelly on May-15-2011 @ 10:14: PM
I had a wonderful couple of nights at the
Apollo. It was such an entertaining dynamite show. One of the
highlights to me was watching Savion Glover. I made sure to always be
backstage when he was on. His performances were always jaw
dropping. His tap dancing and sense of improvisation, technique and
rhythm seems "un-human!”
It was also great getting to know Nikki Yanfosky
and her folks. We were together in the dressing room and got to talk a
bunch. She is very cool. I Like her a lot. Hopefully we’ll do some good
stuff together in the future!
I had a great time celebrating my birthday
today! I had a free day to do whatever in NYC. My boyfriend took
the bus and hung out with my parents and me. We ended up seeing Avenue Q
on Broadway and having a great lunch and dessert. It was so much fun. Tomorrow
headed to Jackson Lake Texas!
~By Grace Kelly on May-13-2011 @ 10:12: PM
I am currently sitting backstage in the dressing
room at the legendary Apollo theatre. I am performing tonight with a
bunch of wonderful musicians and people. Wycliffe Gordon, the wonderful, talented
and charismatic trombonist asked me if I would be part of this. Other
performers include, Savion Glover(The legendary tap dancer), Carla Cook, Corey
Wilcox, Niki Yasnofsky, the Temple big band a wonderful comedian and
dancers! This performance is a tribute to the old performances that happened
at the Apollo. The set up is more of a "variety show” style where lots of
performers on the bill and do get features along with combinations with other
artists. I’m really excited, I’m sure its going to be a really fun
performance and that the audience will really dig it. We went through
rehearsal/sound check today. It was amazing that all the different parts
and people could come together the day of the performance and rehearse and suddenly we have a
show! I have still yet to find the famous "log” that everyone historically
has rubbed their hands on. When I have been telling people that I’m
performing here at the Apollo a bunch of them have said "rub the log!!” I
have still yet to find the log. the crew didn’t seem to know where it was at
the moment. :-O maybe it moves around? Perhaps it’s got legs? Ha! ha!,
that would be a very special log.
~By Grace Kelly on April-01-2011 @ 11:07: AM
Wow!! Toots Thielemans and me. It was such an amazing and surprising night at Scullers Jazz Club. I got to sit in with one of my biggest musical inspirations that I have been listening to on recordings since the beginning of my musical career. I went to Scullers to see the show with Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner on Wednesday and got to meet them. They had heard of me but had never heard me play. They asked if I would like to sit in with them the next night. I said of course. I stepped on stage for their last number. That was the first notes we played together, not even a sound check. It was magical!! Toots is the sweetest man and very funny too. We had a ball hanging out after the show too. Another indelible memory for my memory book.
~By Grace Kelly on February-22-2011 @ 5:24: PM
~By Grace Kelly on February-15-2011 @ 4:44: PM
We are in Munich Germany!! After a 4 ½ hour drive this
morning my dad and I kind of zonked out. The bed here is super nice and
this hotel seems like a museum. A very fancy old world 5 star hotel.
It’s a really nice one with stores and ,
tons of restaurants, feels like I’m on a cruise ship!! I’m continuing to
read Quincy Jones book while traveling (did I tell you that?) so
Inspiring. I love this book, check it out if you haven’t. It’s his
autobiography, very informative but a great read, funny, heartwarming and well
written. Quincy’s one of my biggest heroes and I dream of working with
him one day.
I had a nice German traditional lunch w Doug today
downstairs. Went to a Thai restaurant with dad. Had a vegetable dish.
I’m afraid I can’t eat even more meat in these next few days. I’m "meated
out!” time for some veggies at home…there’s lots of meat on the menu here in Germany
and Austria. Last concert is tomorrow!! Heading home at 6 am on
Thurs. Almost there. Homestretch. Can’t wait!!
~By Grace Kelly on February-13-2011 @ 4:42: PM
Arrived in Wels from Linz yesterday. We had a day off.
Yesterday for lunch Phil, Doug, Dad and I went to a very authentic Austrian
restaurant called the Gosser Brau www.gosserbraeu.at
and had Weiner Schnitzel and beer. (see photo)
Then went back to the hotel and chilled. Today we played the
Soundtheater in Wels which is the same place we placed last October. It is nice
to got back to familiar places too. You know the people and it is more relaxed.
It was a brunch time gig because we had to head to Switzerland via Munich
Germany. We dropped Phil of in Munich at the hotel we will play our last
concert of the tour in a few days and then we headed to Switzerland to play a
gig with just the quintet. My dad did amazing with the driving. 2 ½ hours from
Wels to Munich then another 4 hours to Rheinfelden Switzerland which is where
we are now. Just got back to the hotel from a late dinner. We got into the only
place open just at closing but we convinced them we needed to eat and begged
for some food. It worked and we had a great meal of pizza and pastas.
Time to get some rest. Will do little sightseeing tomorrow and
play the concert tomorrow night at JazzClub Q4.
~By Grace Kelly on February-12-2011 @ 10:36: PM
Phil didn’t feel well last
night so the quintet ended up playing the gig. We only played for 50 min
but it went by so fast and was so great. I felt much better last night
because it was the first night where I slept really soundly through the night,
getting 7 hours of sleep. It really is true that getting goodnights sleep
will help everything. The crowd loved the music and a lot of the music
students who were there for the clinic also came to the concert. Real
music fans there. We drove 30 min today and are now in Wels
Austria. This hotel is super funky. The entire band remembers it very
well because we stayed here last year for our October tour. I remember
because after our gig we were all sitting at the bar at the hotel and someone
came to open up the bar just for us, drinks on them!! Our bartender ended
up being the coolest young cat, very funny guy. I hope we get to see him
again. Doug dad Phil and I just went to a great traditional Austrian
restaurant where we all got some serious schnitzel!! So yummy. Schnitzel,
cranberry sauce, and boiled potato. It was a huge piece so I got mine
wrapped up and it’s sitting on my counter. It’s looking rather lonely,
perhaps it’s time to take a bite? J talked to my mom on skype for an hour and
now I believe its time to do some schoolwork! I’m now realizing how soon
I’ll be home (5 days) and I feel like it’s going to be a shock to be
back. It feels like I went to my first classes ages ago and now its catch
uptime. I’ve been also been a little mystified. Seems I got bit by
some bugs in Berlin. I put a lot of vinegar and salt on yesterday and the bites
are doing better. I’m a little worried they’re bed bugs so I’m going to
be sure to empty wash and throw away things when I’m home. I don’t want
these guys following me around. Ah all the glamour of the road?!
~By Grace Kelly on February-10-2011 @ 10:35: PM
We are in the beautiful city of Vienna!! Last night we played at the legendary club, "porgy and Bess.” It was one of the most famous clubs here in Europe and I can see why. It seats about 350 and has a very cool look to it and the stage is beautiful. The room was packed and enthusiastic. It was certainly a pleasure to play there. Got to see my friend Harry who’s a great drummer and lives in Vienna. He actually plays in Doug’s trio and did a hit with me in Sweden last year. Great guy, fabulous drummer.
Today is our off day. I just got back from walking around for an hour with Evan. Earlier in the day went to a beautiful "Leopold” art museum and then went into the center of town. The buildings and architecture here are gorgeous. Everywhere you look there is a building so grand. The town is so clean and even though all these shops are new, the buildings themselves are built so incredibly with beautiful designs. Evan and I were headed back to the hotel to meet Jordan and Jason for some Indian food but the walk was a whole lot longer than we thought. We had a map but it cut off several streets before our destination. We had to walk into a bunch of cafés and ask random people if they knew where the "rat house hotel” was by the end of our walk. Luckily the name of the hotel "rat house hotel” was the street that is was on "rat house.” We managed to find it and just in the nick of time!! We were both starving. Jason and Jordan had already left by this point so Evan and I tried to find the Indian restaurant they were at. That was a journey as well but we managed to find one Indian restaurant near by. They weren’t there but we had a great meal. Food always seems to taste extra delicious when I’m hungry. Funny huh? 2/11/11
Drove a couple hours and now we are in Linz Austria. The van is packed to the max now! We are using up all six seats in the back, Phil in the front and dad driving. Our luggage is spaced everywhere we can find room for. Behind seats, under legs, wherever. We all managed to fit though, thank goodness. Turns out Jordan and Jason said they went to the same Indian restaurant last night. We must have missed them by a few minutes!! Getting ready to do a clinic for some saxophonists at the school university and then a show tonight.
~By Grace Kelly on February-08-2011 @ 10:33: PM
Had a great gig last
night at Domicile. Great to see Axel again. Hung out with him. He
gave the guys some rare wine to take home. He really takes such good care
of us. The room was packed again and the audience was great. This
hotel is beautiful and even more wonderful because I have a huge suite!
Can you believe that?? I was so excited when I entered the room I could
jump around in it. There’s a big couch, and lots of space and even a fruit
basket for me. Go figure. Today I taught a lesson to a saxophonist
who came to last nights gig. We did some long tones, talked about
improvisation. He plays lead alto at his school’s big band and has his
own combo. Great fun to talk to another alto player and exchange
ideas. We went out for dinner at night and ended up in this funky little
café. It was basically private dining for dad, Doug and me. Our
waiter was one of the funniest characters. We had a little game of
charades since no one could communicate fluently. Our waiter was trying
to describe the word for onions and pretended to cut with a knife and then
cry. It was super funny. He was also dancing and singing the whole
night to what seemed like bad karaoke music. I wish I got some video
footage of him. He managed to tell us he’s originally from Italy and I can’t
tell you happy this guy seemed to be to be alive and to be at working at the
café. He brought a lot of entertainment and laughs to me… now that’s
~By Grace Kelly on February-07-2011 @ 10:26: PM
At the airport in Berlin. Getting on a flight to Stuttgart. Our next stop is Pforzheim Germany where we’re playing atone of my favorite clubs, "Domicile.” We were there our last tour, just last October. Last time we got to hang there for a day and went back to the club to drink some beers and have some snacks with the club owner Axle. He’s such a great guy, looking forward to seeing him gain. He made us our personal bread w really fresh German bread, olive oil and cheese while we all hung out, listened to records and relaxed. He said to us last time that he has a rule that he doesn’t bring artists back for at least 2 years. He’s making a special exception this time that he’s never made and wanted to bring us back after just a few months He was so excited we would be back in Germany I’m very thankful that we’ll be back at his beautiful club!
Yesterday’s travels: We took a plane to Berlin. Woke up at 3 am and started traveling. Got in to Berlin in the late morning. Had a good lunch, relaxed a bit and then went to sound check. We were playing at the club "A Trane.” The club is small but very cool. We had an enthusiastic crowd. Here is a video of some of the performance.
I got to see my wonderful friend Rainer Haarmann who is in charge of putting together the "Jazz Baltica festival” in Northern Germany for the last 21 years. He took a train yesterday morning to see us last night and we all got to have dinner across the street at a wonderful Italian restaurant. Rainer is one of the sweetest people and a huge jazz fan. His festival is one of the most special ones I’ve been to. The performances are set up in these barns and there’s a giant castle where the musicians stay. The line up is always incredible and the jam sessions literally go all night. Even more incredible than that, the people stay up all night at the jams, then go their tents outside and sleep for a few hours until the morning where there’s more music. History is always at the making at that festival. I was there a couple years ago where the theme was "saxophone summit.” I was playing with Lee Konitz. So many cats were there. Joe Lovano, Ornette Coleman, Donny McCaslin, David Binney, Greg Osby, Scott Robinson and on and on. It was at this festival that I got to play with the great late Hank Jones. We played "round midnight” together and I will never forget it. Hanks solo piano set was my favorite of the festival. What a treat. I also got to meet Rainer’s daughter who is a pianist and singer studying at school in Germany. She was so lovely.
Today I’ve been starting to feel a little bit of the effect of traveling everyday and playing every night. My feet are yelling at me a bit from high heels at night and sporadic sleep. One things for sure, nothings constant about touring…but I love that. I love that every night is different and that we play and share music with different people. Different languages, food, culture, it’s all very exciting. I’ve been learning to cope with traveling and how to take care of myself. I’ve been studying the Alexander technique for the last year and a half so doing some of that and deep breathing is always important. I’ve just started getting into yoga and can already notice that it’s a very helpful thing. I’ll be sure to get on that train and learn more about it. Still I can’t help but feel a little homesick. What can I say except skype is an amazing invention!
Okay, until later have a wonderful day!!
~By Grace Kelly on February-05-2011 @ 10:18: PM
We just arrived in
Madrid. We had a three-hour car ride and I fell asleep from beginning to
end. The city is beautiful. I love looking at all the architecture,
so much detail. So special. Playing tonight at the club. I’ll let
you know how it goes!
~By Grace Kelly on February-04-2011 @ 10:11: PM
Woke up this morning
took a 3 hour train to Valencia. We went out for lunch and had delicious
seafood paella! My first paella meal. Very tasty rice. Cafe
Mercedes jazz club is right across the street from the hotel. Very
acoustic stage, intimate setting. Just a vocal mic. We had fun just
jamming for a while getting use to the sound. Now back in the hotel
warming up. Doing two sets starting at 9!
Just back from the gig
and its 2:30 AM. People here like to party!! This gig was so much
fun. I’m really having a ball mixing up the new repertoire (man w the
hat) with all the other stuff of mine (mood changes, every road etc.) Tonight
was so wild!! The first set started at 9 and was fun but the second set
was so amazing. People were packed to the doors the second set and just
whooping and cheering. The energy was fantastic. We were playing in
a great intimate club called "Cafe Mercedes Jazz Club.” The owner is
actually a fantastic bass player, Mario Rossy, I first heard him on a Brad
Meldhau recording a while back. He is a really amazing player. He also
owns and books this club. The inside is decorated really nicely and we
played completely acoustic except for a vocal mic. It’s so refreshing to
play close together with out overdoing the sound. I was told later
tonight that people don’t usually go to bed here until 3 or 4AM. The guys
I was talking to were amazed that the latest a concert goes until is 12 pm in
the states (usually.) At least before it’s called, "after hours.”
really relaxing about starting late and people not being in a rush. Great
to just play a set, explore the music and have everyone there with you, no one
looking at their watch. Was a very memorable concert for
sure? Valencia gets two thumbs up for me!
~By Grace Kelly on February-02-2011 @ 7:33: PM
Its wed and our second
day off in Barcelona. Woke up later today, practiced a bit. Went
out for a walk with the gang. Tried to find food at 4 o’ clock. Kept forgetting
about siesta!! Were def not used to that. There’s a huge huge snowstorm
going at home so Jason and Jordan had to fly a day early. So glad they’re
here now and that the flights didn’t get cancelled. Went back to the
AMAZING tapas place tonight. Took the metro there (the metros are amazing
here. So clean and futuristic. They even give the amount of the
time till the train comes and then warns you with a friendly major triad chime J
We got out of the restaurant at 12:30 and couldn’t find a cab back who would fit
5. Ended up walking a few miles, getting lost and finally findng the
hotel after about an hour and a half. Should have good sleep tonight. Tomorrow we’re playing the
gig. The venue is right across from the hotel at the L’Auditori.
~By Grace Kelly on January-30-2011 @ 1:19: PM
Today was SUCH a GREAT day off!! I am happy to announce that
for the first time ever I went DOG SLEDDING! Yes dog sledding here in
Tromso Norway. A couple nights ago the lovely woman who helps coordinate
the festival asked what we would like to do on our off day. She
offered to set up some dog sledding for us. She said, "Perhaps you’ve
never done that before?!” Ha ha, indeed not! I went sledding with
Dad and Doug. We got picked up in a large van that smelled distinctly of
dogs. I know that smell well ;-) We drove for about 30
minutes. It’s amazing how 30 min away from the city becomes totally quiet
full of mountains and barely any sign of life. I saw a few lonely houses
but it’s very isolated and the change is drastic. It was around 12 noon and it seemed like dusk. The sun was barely over the horizon. We had just a couple of hours of light each day we were there. They told us that they had just seen the sun for the first time in three months about a week before we arrived.
We drove the ice
covered roads that led up the mountain to the compound and when we arrived we
saw many many dogs all next to their little huts. It was so adorable. I
let out many high-pitched squeals. J We started getting a little
tour. We walked past the rows of little huts and saw rows of beautiful
Alaskan huskies. They were split up in pairs with each ones name on their
hut. The woman told us we could pet all the dogs, that they were all
extremely kind and have been around people their whole lives. She said
they have about 280 dogs in all. So crazy! She then brought us into
the main cabin and had us all get dressed. She had us put on the huge snowsuits,
hats, and boots. We looked like we were ready to tumble through a giant
snow mountain and I was so warm. The snowsuits were also wind
resistant. Then she took us out to the sleds.
There were 12 dogs for each sled. Doug went on his own and
my Dad and I went on one together. My dad sat on the little step and sat
snuggled up right in front of him. Then they pulled a warm blanket over
us. There was also a guy standing and steering right behind us. He is
called the "Musher”. They gave the ok sign and we were off!! It was
amazing to see the dogs running. They work so hard as they huff and puff but as
the woman explained to us they absolutely love running. There’s nothing
they love doing more. They love running so much that when the group of
dogs is picked for the sled all the ones who didn’t get picked this time howl
and bark until they know there’s no chance. All the dogs rotate.
She said each pack goes for 4 runs a day. In between they rest and
eat. The male dogs eat 4 big bowls of various meat stew and the females
eat 2 ½. The dogs were running along the trail but there were many times
that they ran over little bushes and trampled over things. There was also
a lot of "thud thuds” as the sleigh jumped over snow banks. As we rode
along it was thrilling and when we reach the top of a really high hill we saw
the first breath taking view of Tromso. I remember thinking it was more
beautiful than any picture or postcard. The dogs are also trained to do all
their bathroom business while they’re running. This really impressed
me. I can’t imagine. I’m glad I don’t have to ha-ha. There is
one main rope attached to the lead dogs running to the sled. The dogs are
attached to this rope, one on each side, by a short line so each pair stay on
different sides. There was one couple that bent the rules and both went
on the same side. It was pretty adorable. The musher said this
particular pair loves to run side by side. He’s not sure why. He
said sometimes it’s because they can balance each other that way. The
whole ride was so great from the beginning to the end. There was one point in
the middle where we came across another
couple of sleds heading in a different direction and our dogs started to
follow them instead of going the way we needed to go. Our mushers threw out the
anchor. Yes, I said anchor! That’s
how they can stop the sled and keep it in place. It has three big hooks and a
rope attached to the back of the sled and grabs into the snow to stop it. We
got a bit tangled up because Doug’s sleigh and our sleigh had to stop. The dogs
all wanted to go in the same direction of the other sleds but we were taking
separate trails. That took a bit of untangling. By the end we were
going pretty damn fast and seeing more incredible views. I believe we
were riding for about an hour, traveled about 9 kilometers and in the end our
faces were frozen. It’s all good though because it was so fun. After the
ride we were taken to a teepee hut where there was a beautiful big fire right
in the middle. It’s like we had stepped back into time, fire pit in the
middle, reindeer skin covered chairs just a cool vibe. It was all so relaxing.
We were then given a traditional lunch of soup, reindeer meat and chocolate
cake (ok, maybe that part isn’t traditional.) We were able to sit there
for as long as our hearts desired. It was all very surreal and it was so
nice to take the time to just sit, talk and ponder. Before we left we got
to see the adorable puppies. I love puppies so much!! My voice goes up 2
octaves as I say ridiculous things. Isn’t that funny how that just
happens?? An amazing day!! Went back to the hotel to take a giant nap.
~By Grace Kelly on January-27-2011 @ 03:26: AM
Well. Today has
been interesting to say the least. I am so happy to be in Tromso
Norway. It’s been a new chapter for me. It’ s been traveling day
that I’ve never experienced. At this point it’s not just a traveling day.
It’s been a traveling day and night day. I believe it’s been more than 24
hours at this point! So starting at the beginning. My dad picked me up at
my apartment at around 1. I had to do a few errands and finish packing
before we left for the airport. Got to the airport and got checked in,
went through security. We then found out that our flight to Newark NY was
delayed. They couldn’t tell us how much longer we’d be waiting.
Boston and the East coast have been getting a lot of snow starting last
night. We started worry because we didn’t want to miss our other flight
connections. We were flying Boston to Newark and then our international
flight to Oslo and Oslo to Tromso. We got news a little later that our
flight would be 2 hours delayed. More wating… Dad called Evan and heard
from him that there New York flight (that we would also be on) was also getting
delayed even more. We were fine with that. That meant we wouldn’t miss that
connection. Phil Woods and Bill Goodwin were on that flight as
well. TO make along story slightly shorter, we ended up making it to Newark
to find out that flight got delayed even more. Ended up waiting 2 more
hours, bumped into an old music friend from camp who I haven’t seen in 4
years. Crazy right?! And then, we were on that plane. By the
time we arrived in Oslo we had missed the flight to Tromso by 4 hours. All the
snow in Boston and especially New York had delayed us. We then had to
pick up our bags and recheck them in Oslo. Doug my Dad and I couldn’t
find our bags. Turns out they had been misplaced and were still in NY. Huge
bummer. Not only did bags have all my clothing and everything else but
all of the CD’s we needed and wanted to offer to sell in Tromso. We went
through hoops to try to talk to people about our bags and then our flight to
Tromso. The guy at the counter booked half of us to get a direct flight
to Tromso and the other half to take a different route and get there. We
thought we were all set and then he came back to say SAS didn’t confirm it and
there were absolutely no seats left. This was incredibly stressful
because we needed to get to the gig and def couldn’t sleep over that night in
Oslo. That would have been a huge inconvenience for our travel
plans. He then managed to find another flight but it was two connections.
On to Bode Norway and then another to Tromso. The only problem was that
one was leaving in 30 min!! We got escorted and passed all the lines in
security and literally ran to the gate. We made that plane and then the
next one. We were all so tired at this point…none of us knew what time it
was and it was a lot of traveling but I was so happy we got to Tromso that
night. We are in a beautiful hotel and my room overlooks the water and
the boats. It’s very peaceful. I guess people just started seeing
the sunlight a couple days ago for a few hours in the day. Otherwise it’s
just completely dark throughout the day. The morning is somewhat lighter
and since there’s so much snow the little sun they have reflects off the snow
making everything seem brighter. Once 4 o’clock comes the sun is definitely
setting and it gets dark pretty fast. Can you imagine? It’s pretty
crazy. But then again they were saying in the summers it’s always bright
all day, all night. People go out all the time and throughout the night.
The woman working at
the festival was telling she loves to golf and its perfect in the summer
because she can put the kids to bed and then go out at 2 am to go
golfing. The sun just stays out and so do people! (not done w this
~By Grace Kelly on January-25-2011 @ 03:24: AM
Just played two sets
at one of my favorite clubs in New York, the "Jazz Standard.” This was my
debut at the club with my band. We played the music of the new CD this time
without Phil (he wasn’t on this gig.) Today is the actual release date of
the CD! It’s very exciting to be in the Big Apple performing.
Thanks to everyone who came out. We really felt comfortable during the
second set and just went wild. Give us 4 more nights and we’ll be getting down
with the music! Today is Jordan (my drummers) birthday. In the
second set Evan (my bass player) and I were playing a duet version of "Round
Midnight.” I told Doug and Jason (piano and trumpet) to sneak on stage
before we were done so we could go into Happy birthday and completely surprise
Jordan. The idea was for Jordan to be slightly confused that everyone was
joining the stage. haha. We went into a slow version of happy birthday
and watched him as he peeked through the curtain laughing. Then he joined
us as we brought the tempo up and ended with a Latin groove birthday bash.
That was an added kick for me. Very funny. Driving back home
now. In two days we leave for Tromso Norway. That’s waaaay in the
North, in Santa Clause land! Packing, here I come!
~By Grace Kelly on January-21-2011 @ 1:18: PM
Had a nice time being interviewed by Meghna Chakrabarti
on "Radio Boston" on WBUR 90.9FM. She is really a amazing interviewer with a great voice. Check it out here at
Grace Kelly and Meghna Chakrabarti in WBUR Studios
~By Grace Kelly on January-21-2011 @ 7:06: PM
Boston I absolutely love you! Thank you to all who came out to Scullers to see the first show of "Man with the Hat!” This concert kicked off our European tour and it couldn’t have been a better start. I felt like we were in a football stadium. People were so enthusiastic hooting, whistling and clapping. The music was simply soaring and it was so much fun. Phil sounded so fantastic and I could see that his fans that had come to see him were so appreciative and happy to have him. Likewise, so was I. What an absolute honor it is to play with the legend of alto saxophone, one who I’ve been listening to on records since the beginning of my saxophone playing. I’m soaking up every minute of making music with him. It’s so surreal!!
I love playing Scullers. What an atmospheric beautiful room.
! Both sets were totally sold out and I am so thankful to those of you who came out! Thank you thank you thank you!!
Check out the Video
~By Grace Kelly on January-09-2011 @ 00:27: AM
Happy New Year everyone!! Welcome to 2011, going
to be a good one. I’m currently in New York at the APAP convention.
This is a convention filled with lots of business people in the arts and
artists. My band did a couple showcases yesterday and Phil Woods came by
to play a song as well. It’s very fascinating to meet all these new
people in the music business. It really is a completely different world.
I’m super excited because the new CD "Man
with the Hat” featuring Phil Woods, Monty Alexander, Bill Goodwin and Evan
Gregor arrived a couple weeks ago. The CD looks fantastic! I am so
happy with all the pictures, the amazing liner notes by Dan Morgenstern and the
music. The CD is officially released Jan 25th.
We kick off the tour on Jan 21st for
the first concert at Scullers Jazz Club! Jan 25th I am
super excited to be at the Jazz Standard (one of my favorite clubs in NY) with
my quintet. Then we are off to Europe for a few weeks playing in Norway,
Barcelona, Austria and Germany along with a few other places.
I know I haven’t blogged in a little bit, I
apologize its been so busy. This has been my break off school (we have a
4 week break) and then the whole thing starts up again in a week. It was
a great semester for me, filled with lots of touring and school when I was in
town. I’m really thankful to have had great teachers who were very
flexible with my schedule and were happy to work with me off class hours.
Over break I’ve been keeping myself very busy. I have been working on a
new project that is very different from anything I’ve been doing. This
new project is a” hymn” CD filled with my favorite hymns and great suggestions
from friends and fans. I got this idea last May when I played a
convention for 2000 ministers in Nashville Tennessee. I was invited to
play by the coordinator of the whole convention who had seen me perform earlier
that year. That was my first time playing any type of spiritual music so
it was a very new experience. It was incredibly inspiring for me and
after I had so many people come up to me (after the performance) and say, "you
really should really record this as a CD!” So that’s exactly what we’re
doing. This CD features the great George Russell Jr. on piano, Peter
Clemente on guitar and myself. A lot of the tracks are duo with George,
one duo with peter and there are a couple tracks of just myself multi-tracked
with both Saxes and voice.
I am planning to do another CD filled with my favorite”
inspirational songs” (bridge over troubled water, you’ve got a friend) whatever
it may be (I’m still not sure) later this year. I would absolutely love
to get your favorite inspirational songs and recommendations to pick
from. Send me an email about it; let the ideas begin to flow!
have to boogie for now but I will be back real soon updating you on the
latest. Asher (my pup) says hi!! He was 2 years old on Jan 7th!
By the way, for any of you who want to make sure you get a copy
of the new CD as fast as possible, Pre-order now!! Go to my shop on the website
and click the preorder button. There is even an option for me to sign it
to you. All right everyone, take care and talk to you soon.
~By Grace Kelly on November-13-2010 @ 12:29: AM
In the hotel room, leaving in 4 hours.
Heading home! Did not have to play today.
We went to this cool Museum of Olmec artifacts
some dating back 4000 years. We there was a group of us including Jack
DeJohnette and his lovely wife Lydia, and Ray Drummond.
The picture is of the first ancient Olmec head sculpture discovered.(weighs 20 Tons and is 4000 years old) How did they do it???? No metal tools or machines.
Came back to the hotel for lunch. There was a
Mariachi band playing and they had dancers as well to entertain us.
Tonight was fun, we went to check out the last
couple of concerts of the festival. The last concert being the big band
with special guests, playing their Latin repertoire. It was at a venue by the
lake and the sight was beautiful.
It was indeed sad to say goodbye to everyone
but it was an incredibly successful week for all. It was especially
difficult to say goodbye to Azue,
who was assigned as my personal festival
coordinator and guide for the week. The people here are wonderful and
everything was a blast!
~By Grace Kelly on November-12-2010 @ 12:09: AM
Today was filled with rehearsals, one for my festival
band ( Jason, Alonso Blanco, Aleph Castaneda and Francisco Mela and then one for
As well as playing Jason” concert at night. I’ve been playing with
a lot of groups and learning lots of new music. Jason’s show was tonight
and was at this cool café that was again jam packed with a few hundred people.
His group included, Edgar Dorantes, Emiliano Cor, Nir Felder, Francisco Mela
and me. We played almost all of his tunes with the exception of a couple. We
did a Nick Payton song called, "Scrambled Eggs” aka "Cracking The Egg.”
Cool tune. Tricky, but cool.
~By Grace Kelly on November-12-2010 @ 12:16: AM
Had another busy day. First we had another
rehearsal for my concert. Then we went to the big theater for Jack DeJohnette’s
master class. During the master class Jack invited me, Jason, and Nir to join
him and Gerald Cannon (Mycoy Tyner’s bassist) to play a tune. Again it was an amazing
When Jason and I came out the stage door after
the master class there was a whole group of kids. The lady that was with them
said they all lived in a very small village in the mountains about a couple of
hours away. They came on a special field trip to see us and were wondering if
they could take a picture with us.
They were so excited they had us signing
anything they had with them, programs, paper, even their shirts.
Before my show I went back to the big hall to see
McCoy Tyner. It was a really inspiring show. McCoy sounded even
better than the last time I saw him. Mela has been playing in is group
for a while now along with Gerald Cannon on bass. We rushed back to the hotel
so I could change and get ready for my show.
My show was held right in the hotel at this cool
club called Burbija. It really felt like a jazz club. Tables were set up
and there were a few hundred people packed in there. It was pretty insane
trying to get in because people were out the door and to the lobby waiting in a
line. Gerald Cannon came down to see my show.
After my show there was a
jam session at the club that went on until 4 AM. I stayed for a while we all jammed for a bit. Gerald
Cannon joined for a couple of tunes with me Edgar, Jason and Mela.
Some of them went Salsa dancing after, I was too
tired to go. Now I’m back in the room heading to bed. It’s like 2 AM.
~By Grace Kelly on November-11-2010 @ 11:48: AM
I played with the legendary Jack DeJohnette tonight!
It was in the big theater with about 1200 people packed in. It was almost a
We rehearsed all afternoon and got the tunes
together that we were going to play. The band was Jack, Jason Palmer (trumpet),
Nir Felder (guitar), Emiliano C (bass), Edgar Dorantes, the festival director,
(piano) and myself.
Then we had sound check.
The concert was magical. There
were so many special moments where we all connected. Playing with Jack is
like having a giant hand right under me supporting and inspiring me through
every note. Throughout a song he supports us all and at the same time sets up
these whirlwinds and dynamics. It really pushes the music to the next level. I
wish you could have heard the drum solos he did. They were UNREAL.
It was so so inspiring playing with this master of music. It is such an
incredible lesson. There’s this special "it” factor with the masters that
makes everything sound so musical. I don’t how else to say it. The
music sounds so musical! Hehe.
After our concert we went to see Daniel Ian
Smith’s concert and get something to eat, but is was packed and couldn’t get a
table so they took us to a steakhouse restaurant and we ran into Jack and Lydia
DeJohnette and ended up having a late dinner with them until 1:30AM. Jack is
such a cool guy too. We had some great conversation about all kinds of things.
~By Grace Kelly on November-10-2010 @ 6:22: PM
Had a really great day today. Rehearsed for
my concert then I had put on my own clinic at the music school in the morning
for a couple of hours. It was so much fun. The place was full of young
cats and students. We covered a lot of topics including, improvisation,
composing, playing, and singing. I had a few students come up and sing
some blues with me and I answered lots of questions. I’ve never been to a
festival where they have been so many young people.
Everyone stops us for photos and autographs. It
feels like mini rock star status! Haha. It’s great and all the people
here are super friendly and warm. I’m really enjoying it.
Tonight I was a special guest with Mela’s trio at
a club in town called the Butchers.
The festival has many different clubs
and venues. It’s amazing how packed every concert I’ve been to has been.
This one was no exception, people were packed to the walls!! The enthusiasm
and energy that audience brings to the shows is contagious! The music just
soars. Mela and everyone in the trio was on fire. We kept it real loose
and the music just went wherever.
~By Grace Kelly on November-09-2010 @ 3:46: PM
It’s day 3 here in Xalapa Mexico. We
arrived night late. Monday
we just got to chill in the hotel and get used to the mountain air! I
have to say I "oopsed "a little bit. I didn’t look at the weather before
I came and I brought too many summer clothes! Wishful thinking. We
are actually right next to the mountains so the weather is very similar to
Boston. It’s pretty chilly. Our hosts said it’s usually not this
cold and that they are just going through a cold spell. Today (Tues) it
was warmer, it was easy to go out with just a jacket. Yay!
I’ve really been enjoying my time here so
far. The people are incredibly nice and enthusiastic.
The early concert was outdoors in the town square. They also had a display of caricatures of the artists at the festival. So very cool. There were two of me.
The artists who drew them are very famous political catoonists in Mexico.
I met the artist who drew the first one(pink background) and later in the week I did a TV show interview and as a surprise I was presented with the original artwork of the second caricature. Although the artist could not be there because he was ill at the time. I will cherish it very much and have framed it already.
Last night I
played in the welcome/jam session. The place was packed with a few
hundred who stayed up till the wee hours just watching the jam. The cats
that joined the stage were all amazing and really high level. I got
particularly excited when songs started going into crazy claves and grooving
I just arrived back to the hotel from an amazing
Ray Drummond concert. It was so swinging, and transported me into a
different space for a couple hours. I had my rehearsal with the band
today. We are playing my set sat night. This is a 3-year-old festival so a
very new one and my friend Francisco Mela (Amazing drummer) is the artistic
director of the festival. He’s the one who brought me here. I am so
amazed that every concert/clinic I go to people are all over the place.
Even in the paid concerts the place is more than packed and people are standing
way in the corners. Everyone seems so into the music, it’s very
exciting. Lots of young cats too. It’s a very mixed audience in terms of
ages and genders. It just seems like everyone’s out!
Tomorrow is a busy day for
me. I have a rehearsal in the morning, my clinic, a rehearsal with Jack
DeJohnette (him and McCoy Tyner are the two big artists here) and I’m playing
at night. I think these next few days will fly by. I’m playing
every night and then we head back Monday.
~By Grace Kelly on November-06-2010 @ 3:51: PM
Before heading off to Mexico I had a crazy few days. Friday night I had a performance in Rockport MA at this new gorgeous performing arts center. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve played at, overlooking the water with hand carved wood and beautiful glass panels. It’s really quite a sight and the sound is excellent. It stayed incredibly acoustic which the band and I love.
The day before that I had an all day photo shoot with the incredible photographer Jimmy Katz. Jimmy’s the premiere photographer who does a lot of the jazz cats. I’m sure you’ve seen his work. He’s got pictures all over the place of Sonny Rollins, Roy Haynes, Victor Wooten, Cassandra Wilson, you name it. He’s a really great guy to work with and def loves the music. This photo shoot was with Phil Woods. We also did a chunk with just me. I have to say, It’s hard to be a model! We were going for like 8 hours straight. I give my hat off to the models in the world. May seem like a glamorous thing, but boy they have to work real hard,! It makes playing music seem even more like a privilege.
~By Grace Kelly on October-23-2010 @ 3:41: PM
Heading home tonight. We’re on the way to
the airport now and its extremely early. We had a fantastic show last night.
It was a beautiful listening room and everyone was so enthusiastic and
listening incredibly hard. Doug was super happy because he got an amazing
It sounded incredible and was ringing and
resonating. We made sure to play a duo together and gave him some solo
piano time. I enjoyed that so much.
Thank you so much to everyone
who made the tour so fun! The audiences were amazing and we had a
On the way home on the plane I guess my dad was bored so he made a breadstix tower.
~By Grace Kelly on October-22-2010 @ 3:38: PM
We had lost of fun last night playing for our new
friends in Toulouse France. Toulouse was the only place that we got to
spend more than a couple of days in! We had a total four days there and three
of them we got to relax, check out other concerts (including an amazing Wayne
Shorter set) and hang. I was really excited because one of my good
friends from school lives in Toulouse so I hung with her and got to meet lots
of people! It’s a very young town because the universities are so close
by. Lots of young people just hang out on the streets at all hours of the
day, outside decks, at bars etc. There is a strike going on right now
having to do with the retirement age so trains are shut down, kids are not
going to high school and its there’s lots of loud noises from people protesting
on the streets. A very interesting time to be in Toulouse!
Played in the club, totally sold out, about 500
Our set was also aired on radio and there was lots of pictures
and media there.
I was interviewed by french radio.
We had a great time playing, as always. Two days
ago Doug, Jordan and I went to this amazing percussion shop that they had run
into. It was filled with so many drums, percussion toys, marimbas and everything
else. We had a ball for a couple hours just looking around and playing
everything. We were like little kids in a candy store, so fun. I
feel so fortunate to be out on this tour with a band that is so tight and
filled with wonderful people. It really makes the time go by so fast. Who
else can say they’re working and getting to hang out with people they
enjoy? It’s such a blessing. Anyways, we all bought a few shakers
and Jordan pulled out quite a few of them in our set the next night. I
started giggling because he had so many new toys! But they sounded really
Went out to lunch at this seafood restaurant with Jordan, Doug and my dad.
Doug was in heaven when we got the raw seafood platter.
I ate my first raw oyster. It was the most amazing taste I have experienced. Jordan kept playing tricks to scare mr by putting the shrimp right in front of me so they look at me.
So on to today. Today was so surreal, it
felt like the events that went by could have been split up into a couple
days. We woke up, ate breakfast and headed out at 11:30. We had a 1
plane to catch to Paris. Then our connecting flight was from Paris back
to Austria. We were all hoping for the best because we didn’t know what
the flight status would be with the strike. A lot of trains and some
planes had to stop running but we were very lucky because our flights were
fine. When we arrived to Paris we looked our watches and realized it was
3. Our connecting flight was flying off at 3:30. We all freaked out
and basically ran the to our gate. However, our gate was super far away
and we were huffing and puffing. Somehow we made it and the plane itself
didn’t take off until 4 because there were quite a few other people like
us. We had to even do security again! It was super stressful and
with a 20 pound backpack and little boot heels on, it’s not so easy to run like
the wind. I counted it as my exercise for the day ;-). The
important this is we made it! Once we got into Austria we were driven a
couple hours to the hotel. The events that happened after are incredibly
strange. It sounds like an episode in a movie. Let’s see if I can
describe this well. We all went out to eat and were starving. We
didn’t get to have lunch, so we walked in the direction of the lighted
streets. There we found a few restaurants that were open and were walking
and walking looking at menus. Somehow someone found a Japanese restaurant
that had advertisement of eating "all you can eat for $7.50.” We thought
that sounded good so we went in. We were the only ones there and it seemed
like there was only one waiter too. The menu didn’t seem to have a lot of
choices and it was somewhat false advertising because they meant that you could
refill the same one dish as many times as you want, turns out that was only for
We ordered a few things and half the table
ordered Sushi. Some of the food came and it was really mediocre.
Lets just say I was not excited about this food and that’s coming from someone
who eats just about anything. I’m really not that picky and it doesn’t
have to be high quality either stuff. I just like a healthy meal that tastes
good, or even better yet, really good. The sushi seemed to be taking
forever and we started hearing voices in the back. We figured that he a)
got more employees to help him or b) had new costumers. Turns out it was
neither. We saw a woman walk in who looked like a cop wearing a bright
yellow jacket. She walked in and looked around and then went away.
Strange huh? A little bit later our waiter frantically runs up to us and says,
"Oh. Kitchen closed. You must go! You must go. Is that OK?
Leave leave.” He said this all in very broken English. You can
imagine we were all very confused because half of us didn’t get our food.
The funniest part of all this was he said, "uh you leave 50euro?” We all
looked at him like he was crazy and said "no!” We had this point only
gotten soups and a couple noodle bowels. 50 euros was way over. He
was so frantic at this point he just said "ok how much you want pay? 20?
10?” So we left a little cash and he scooted us out. As we were
walking out we saw 4 police officers. I looked at the back and I’m pretty
sure it said they were food inspectors. Lets just put it this way.
I’m glad the Sushi didn’t come. For all we know we could all be throwing
up violently if it wasn’t for fate and the inspectors. We were all so
curious to what was going on, but it obviously wasn’t pretty. Later
tonight we were all discussing it and realized we probably shouldn’t have been
eating in a Japanese restaurant and eating Sushi when no one else was there and
there were some other sketchy clues.
We leave that place quite stunned
and go into an amazing pizza place across the street. Turns out this
place couldn’t have been more perfect. Perhaps we were meant to eat at
the pizza place. It was absolutely delicious, and we had amazing crepes
for dessert. There were def other people at the restaurant.
To top it off we had the most amazing waiter who
was a practical jokester and oh so funny. While we eat at this place we
are all laughing while still slightly puzzled at what just happened. I’m
telling you it was very surreal. Japanese restaurant, foreign country,
food inspectors, getting kicked out,. Sounds like a tv episode
right? Ah the joys of traveling, we never know what to expect. It
certainly makes for a good laugh and the best part was we left with very full
stomachs and good spirits. Tomorrow we play their jazz festival late at
night at like 11! Sun we head to Germany for our last concert and Monday
were going home.
~By Grace Kelly on October-16-2010 @ 3:33: PM
I am currently lying in bed relaxed from a day
off. Today I did some practicing, walked around, had some amazing beef
goulash and came back. Did some work. Skyped with some friends! This
hotel is very funky. I love European design, all the sleek lines on the furniture
make me happy J Last nights concert
turned into a really fun night. We had a smaller crowd yesterday but they
were simply amazing! They were hooting and hollering last night and
begging us for encores. We played 2 encores for them! It was a
really intimate and lovely night. Thank you to all from Wels Austria who
came out for my debut!
~By Grace Kelly on October-15-2010 @ 1:02: PM
Got up, had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel
(everyone in the band is a huge fan of German yogurt) drove a few hours and got
to Ingolstadt. Just got back from the gig. It was a fun, really
nice vibe. By the second set everyone (including the audience) seemed
really warmed up and we simply gave them a little bit of everything. They
seemed to enjoy it very much. I am so lucky to have the whole band with
me. They sound so amazing, it really is inspiring.
We just got to Heidelberg. 3 hour
drive. Time for a nap and sound check at 5!
In the car traveling to Wels, Austria
today. This is going to be a 5 hour drive or so. We just a had a
great breakfast. It’s amazing how all these places have such good breakfast
foods . Delicious wholegrain breads, yogurts, fresh fruit, eggs, it’s
Last nights concert was so great. It
was an indoor stage with one of the funkiest looks I’ve ever seen. They
had a giant disco ball in the middle and pink squares decorating the ceiling.
The room was also totally packed to the rims of the door. There was
probably 300 people or so, all of them seemed so enthusiastic about the
music. Our concert was just one of the 6 week performances. They
have a whole festival series. A performance a night for 6 weeks. Wow! It’s
called the Enjoy Jazz Festival.
~By Grace Kelly on October-14-2010 @ 8:20: PM
Got up, had a wonderful breakfast at the hotel (everyone in the band is a huge fan of German yogurt) drove a few hours and got to Ingolstadt. After soundcheck they took us to a Greek Restaurant (in Germany) we had Ouzo.
Just got back from the gig. It was a fun, really nice vibe. By the second set everyone (including the audience) seemed really warmed up and we simply gave them a little bit of everything. They seemed to enjoy it very much. I am so lucky to have the whole band with me. They sound so amazing, it really is inspiring.
~By Grace Kelly on October-13-2010 @ 8:17: PM
We had a great gig last night in Pforzheim. We played at the legendary club,"Domicile.” The owner of the club has brought in musicians for the past 35 years. It was amazing to look at his CD collection. It looked like a record shop! He was telling us about all the people he had Nat Adderly, Phil Woods, Joe Zawinul, and Roy Hargrove, anyone who was in town would pass by. The audience was so amazing. I couldn’t hear a pin drop. They were so attentive and educated. But not only were the observant they would go crazy after songs! It was a really great vibe.
We were all exhausted after the gig and were practically falling asleep on the couches there, yet somehow when I arrived back at the hotel I couldn’t get to bed for the next few hours. I stayed up watching TV shows!
And today I woke up at 3:30 in the afternoon. Today was one of our days off. Filled with lots of jetlag. Oh!! jet lag. We walked around tonight, got some great Thai food and met the club owner of Domicile back at the club. We then listened to music, talked had taste of beer and the most amazing fresh warmed German bread sprinkled with cheese and olive oil for the next few hours!
~By Grace Kelly on October-12-2010 @ 8:11: PM
Flew all night and finally got to Germany! It’s amazing how we can fly for 6 hours and wake up to be in a different part of the world. Different culture, different language, everything. It’s quite surreal and so cool. Found the whole band, Dad rented a large van and off we went. 6 hour drive to get to our hotel and a gig tonight.
~By Grace Kelly on September-05-2010 @ 10:51: AM
We just got back from Maryland and played at the first annual "Monty Alexander Jazz Festival!”
It was really fun. I played with my band Friday night and Monty played with his band Sat night. It was held in a very beautiful high-class city with excellent crab cakes, pulled pork and everything else.
I stayed the whole weekend, which was a treat. I did a question and answer diddle with Monty on Sat. To those who were there for that, thank you for your amazing questions!! It must have been the most inspiring question and answer talks I’ve been a part of. The questions were very thoughtful and everyone wanted to know things such as "how do you play sadness?” Or " what are you thinking when you play this?” They were very deep insightful questions and really made me think. I’m still thinking for that matter! Lovely, short visit to Maryland. Hooray for Monty Alexander and his festival (it sounds so good with his name.) I look forward to many many more and seeing this thing grow every year. I know I will be proud to say I played in the inaugural festival!
~By Grace Kelly on August-17-2010 @ 10:48: AM
Today was a very eventful day. We’re driving back home to Boston now but I feel so blessed and I want to share it with you. After doing a video session with Phil (which was so amazing and filled with incredible stories) I got to hang with him for a couple more hours watching non released amazing jazz DVD’s. It was really, really special. I’m still pinching myself thinking, "I was hanging out watching music DVDS with Phil Woods?! What?”
Then after we left his house we were driving back to NYC. Right as we were coming into the city we got a call from my other favorite alto player, Lee Konitz. Lee said he had just gotten back from Europe 30 minutes ago and was back in the city. We were right in his area so he told us to come on up so we could see each other and catch up. We had a lovely talk with Lee, caught up on the summer and then headed off to pick up my mom and drive home. I still can’t believe I was hanging out with my two idols, the two living legends of the alto sax in one day. Yet how amazing and inspiring it is that they play and approach the music in a completely opposite way. I love it! I am a truly lucky girl. Wow! J
~By Grace Kelly on August-10-2010 @ 11:31: PM
I am up insanely early. Its 6 AM on Friday. Today’s the big day, the day I’ve been highly anticipating! My band is opening the legendary” Newport Jazz Festival” at the Tennis Hall of Fame. We are opening for Jamie Cullum. I am a big fan of his and am looking forward to seeing him live. I heard he’s quite the showman. Anyways, the reason I am up so EARLY is because we have to drive down to Providence, RI because I am going on their TV morning show to promote the weekend! I’m honored to have been selected as the representative to talk about the festival and after you can bet I headed for a nap!
The TV show went really great. There’s a fun story tied in with this. As I was doing my segment I noticed in the next room Clarence Clemmons (the famous Tenor player w Bruce Springsteen, and the E Street Band) was getting interviewed taking about his new book! I played my segment and got interviewed and as I was packing up to leave a woman walked in and said, "Clarence wants to talk to you. He’s in the front.” I had a lovely chat with Clarence who said he was totally blown away with my playing and was now a fan! It was
pretty exciting, this guy is great and it was super sweet of him to talk to me.
Last night was a whirlwind. It was quite amazing. There were so many emotions tied in with the night.. Excitement, anxiety, relief, everything!
We drove to Newport and checked into the hotel. I went back to bed and slept until 12,12:30. I like to take it easy on gig days, I don’t really practice and I try not to wear myself out. I do try out all my reeds though and I make sure my body feels good. I’ve been learning a lot of new things after studying the Alexander technique for the last year and one of the things is to be always aware of our bodies. Our mind and bodies are so related and ignoring one is not fair to us as a whole. We went to sound check around 4 and I was surprised to see the venue was outside.
That’s kind of silly right? Of course it’s outside! It’s at the tennis hall of fame.. It’s where the big tennis
games are held but this time they changed it to a concert setting with 2500 seats all around, (risers, sides inside) and a giant stage. As soon as we were walking to the venue it started to pour. However that cleared up within 30 min and we waited around until we sound checked. We barely had time to squeeze in dinner and before I knew it; it was 8PM. Before I walked on stage I met the legendary George Wein who is the producer of the festival and has been since he started it in 1954.
I have to say as far as gigs I was very nervous. Some of you have asked me this before but I usually don’t get this nervous for gigs. I always have a little bit of a buzz before I go on but tonight I was actually NERVOUS. Newport is the most famous jazz festivals where are the greats have played. It’s one of the longest running one and so historical. Miles Davis had his come back after playing Newport and shortly after recorded the famous recordings, "Round Midnight,” Frank Sinatra, Ella, Billy, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington have played these stages even bands such as Led Zepplin
were here. And then there I was standing in the same grounds and next to the producer who booked all those musicians.
Wow. Anyways, my nerves did settle a little bit and we played a really great 45 min set. I came off the stage and George Wein told me the sweetest things and said he really loved the set. It meant so much coming from him. I was then called because I heard Jamie Cullum wanted to talk to me. I got to meet Jamie (who is just the sweetest guy) and he said he caught some of my set and loved it. He then invited me to jam out on his tune, "These are the Days.” I was thrilled, I love that song!! I can’t explain to you the amount of talent Jamie has. I waited backstage for his set to start. The minute the band hit it he ran on to stage bouncing and just ripped everything apart!! The guy is an INCREDIBLE showman and has more energy then the energizer bunny. He is an amazing singer, pianist, and everything else. He was jumping off the piano, dancing, just blowing everyone away. I joined them for that song and we jammed out hardcore. It was great. It was a really magical night; I’m still flying high.
The rest of Newport was a ride full of music. I wanted to make sure I could see the whole weekend since there were so many great acts and because this was the first time I had played and seen the festival. I got to meet up with many old friends who I have sat in with. Backstage was a party; everyone was hanging out with beautiful weather and great spirits.
Saturdays highlights (for me) including George Wein’s All-star band, Julian Lage’s band, Trio Da Paz, Chick Corea freedom Band, Maria Schneider and Jamie’s set again. Earlier in the day on sat Jamie found me and interviewed me on his radio show. That was pretty fun; we have a little clip of that!
Sunday had another fantastic line up. Wynton Marsalis and Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Chris Botti were the headliners.
It was great to talk and see Mr. Marsalis, Mr. Brubeck and Chris Botti all of which I have had the incredible fortune of playing with. I also got to meet Herbie Hancock one of my heroes. It was incredible!! He talked to me for a while and is just the coolest guy.
Now I am home and taking a breather. Playing Newport was a big landmark event for me and one I will never forget. Thank you to all of you who were there!! And for those of you who weren’t, I hope this blog helped you imagine our concert!
~By Grace Kelly on July-18-2010 @ 3:44: PM
Up at 4:30 AM heading home today!!! Boston here we come!!! My puppy waits for me, after 5 weeks!!! Wohoooo!!!
Long flight. Got some sleep!!!
~By Grace Kelly on July-17-2010 @ 3:40: PM
Arrived in Poland, had some lunch. Beautiful place, lovely town center.
Next night we performed in the "old city square ”for what seemed like 3000 people or something like that. The whole square was filled…What a joy it was.
It was amazing to play for people who were soaking up the music like sponges. The most amazing thing was it was so quiet in the square that when there were breaks in the music, there was silence, it was like we were in a concert hall. All 3000 people were really listening. I have never experienced something like that in an outside setting. It was really special.
~By Grace Kelly on July-15-2010 @ 3:36: PM
Taking advantage of the day off. Took a boat ride today around the river, we got off at town center near by.
We walked around a bunch; beautiful town had a nice lunch. Went by the Queens’ Palace.
There was only one problem. It was UNBEARABLY HOT!! Now if you know me you know that I am not that tolerable to heat. I do not like being super hot; it’s very hard for me. So anyways, we are walking, walking, walking and we want to see the famous "little mermaid” of Copenhagen. She is a very important bronze statue and everyone comes from all over to see her. So we are walking around the water and after I start to think I’m going crazy. I couldn’t see the mermaid
anywhere!!!! So finally Doug asked a guy on the street fully aware that he might sound like the total tourist. "Where is the mermaid?” The man pointed to a giant TV standing in the water and said, "The mermaid is in Shanghai China right now. That is a live streaming video of her on the TV.” I laughed and said the guy,” But really, where is the mermaid?” And he said, "I’m serious.” I thought he was joking with us! But low and behold it was true.
The mermaid had been taken to China for an exhibit until November. So a helpful word to those going to Copenhagen to see the mermaid: WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER! OR TRAVEL TO SHANGHAI INSTEAD ;-)
~By Grace Kelly on July-14-2010 @ 3:32: PM
We got to Copenhagen! Yesterday we had half the day still free so I went to the famous amusement park, "Tivoli” which has one of the oldest wooden rollercoaster’s. It was super fun; I went on all of the "scary rides.” I haven’t been on a roller coaster in such a long time. I even did the ride where you do a sudden drop from waaaay up high. It was exhilarating. I might have won that contest for loudest screamer.;-) Also went on the Dragon roller coaster with my dad, the one that does flips and twists. We sat in front.
At night we met Doug and Evan at a small jazz club "Cafe Intime", where we heard a vocalist jam session was going on. It was really fun, the hang was super friendly and everyone was great. Sang a little too, goodtime.
~By Grace Kelly on July-13-2010 @ 3:27: PM
We are currently on a gigantic bus to the airport. There are only 5 of us (plus my parents) and they picked us up in this HUGE tour bus. Pretty funny. It’s 7:35 am, and I think I’m finally used to the jetlag! I didn’t get to do much in Aarhus, Denmark, there wasn’t much to do and the hotel itself was so big and amazing I could get lost in it. The architecture and design in Denmark and is amazing. The hotel must have been one of the nicest ones I’ve ever been.
The venue we played for the Aarhus Jazz Festival was really beautiful. It had high ceilings, all white with very futuristic design. The sound was also really amazing which is so refreshing after a little bit of a hard time when outdoors.
Now we are heading to Copenhagen for a few days. We are just going to hang there and then travel to Poland where we play the last gig. Then home! It’s crazy to think I’ve been away from home for just about a month now.
Also, on another side of the news I just found out Asher (my dog) is going to be a Dad to some puppies! Asher is so cool!!!!
~By Grace Kelly on July-11-2010 @ 3:22: PM
Update on the last few days: We were in Germany for the last few days playing a couple outdoor festivals, It was nice, big crowds. Regensburg is a very cool Medieval city. The oldest in Germany. Also it was the most northern city in the Roman Empire until 465 AD. There is still remnants of the northern most Roman gate to the city.
We also had a day off where we took a boat ride on the Danube to Valhalla, a Greek Style building on the banks of the Danube.
We got off the boat, walked halfway up the hill then started climbing the 250 (I counted) steps to the top where the building was.
Flying to Aarhus , Denmark tonight.
~By Grace Kelly on July-07-2010 @ 3:10: PM
On the plane to Munich, Germany now. Woke up early, got a cab.
We will be met at the airport and driven about an hour northeast to Regensburg for a few days and a couple of concerts at the Beyerisches Jazz Weekend
. Will update soon.
~By Grace Kelly on July-06-2010 @ 2:51: PM
Had another relaxing day in Estoril. Went to the beach and swam in the ocean.
Later Doug, Vicki, Evan, mom, dad and I went to the next town Cascais for dinner. The food was great. Evan had squid See!!
Walking around the town we came across a man playing the accordion with his little dog holding a basket to collect the money people would give. The funniest thing I ever saw.
Later we walked back to the hotel along the sea walkway. Took us about 30 minutes. So nice. The walkway is right along the edge of the ocean all the way with no railings for most of it, 20’ down to the water, (never is the US would they allow that) , and some nice cafe’s and restaurants along the way.