Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Grace Kelly

Still in her teens, this alto saxophonist hangs with living legends

Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly

When she first came to the attention of the jazz community several years ago, the Korean-American alto saxophonist, composer and vocalist Grace Kelly-not to be confused with the late actress and princess-was still in her early teens. When she performed in June of last year at the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, Pa., she had only just turned 18 but had already come into her own as one of the music’s bright young stars. With several albums to her credit, including (separate) duo projects with fellow alto saxophonists Lee Konitz and Phil Woods, it would be no stretch to say that Kelly is going places. But the truth is that she’s already there.

A smallish and comfortable restaurant and club set on a winding residential street, the Deer Head Inn has been booking live jazz since around 1950. Kelly took the stage accompanied by a combo consisting of drums, acoustic bass and electric guitar, and the quartet swung into their first number.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published