Street Date: September 29th, 2017
Life Rearranged, a 13-track opus of deeply personal and inspiring compositions, finds Green in excellent company with renowned bassist Christian McBride and esteemed vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Joining is an ensemble of highly sought after musicians including Jovan Alexandre on tenor saxophone, Josh Evans on trumpet, bassists Matt Dwonszyk and Tamir Shmerling, Steve Nelson on vibraphone, Mike Troy on alto saxophone and drummers Noam Israeli and Kush Abadey. After packing the house for her first album release show at Fat Cat last month, Green will present two more performances celebrating Life Rearranged: she will be performing at The Cell on Saturday, November 18th and at Smalls on Wednesday, December 13th.
Green, who has performed with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath was honored to have this stellar line-up join her on her debut release.
"This band is a fruition of a vision. As a young aspiring jazz musician in Florida, I could only have dreamed of the opportunity to play with such incredible musicians and friends. I write and arrange music specifically for these musicians to play.”
With these outstanding musicians at her side, Green is delighted to bring her music compositions to life in solo, duo, trio, quartet, quintet, and sextet formats. Life Rearranged is made up of an array of artful originals and newly arranged renditions of classic standards such as Frank Loesser’s “I’ll Know” and “Never Will I Marry” and others. Over the course of its nearly 70 minute run time, the listener is taken through every emotion on the spectrum: the highest highs, the lowest lows, and everything in between.
“Honesty is one of the key elements of my music, allowing listeners to feel that they are not alone in their emotions and that we are all together as one.”
Born and raised in Florida, The William Paterson University Masters Graduate has honed her skill, under the guidance of an array of accomplished mentors including, Harold Mabern, James Weidman, Cecil Bridgewater, Gary Kirkpatrick, Mulgrew Miller, Bill Mobley, Armen Donelian, Rich Perry, Dave Rogers, and Bill Goodwin. Green also had the privilege of being the pianist in the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra, which was led by head of the WP Jazz Department, Dr. David Demsey. Her skill and versatility, developed through these past experiences is transparent on Life Rearranged and during her live performances.
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
"What’s most auspicious is her own compositions, and the outside-the-box sensibility that pervades them." Read the full review here.
LA JAZZ SCENE
"Her piano playing is sophisticated and modern while also being connected to the tradition. Her vocals (heard on half of the numbers) are subtle, quietly expressive and full of insight." Check out the full feature here.
That Sunday afternoon kind of chanteuse, Green knows well how to attract top jazz cats to help her with her vision of the tortured artist effect. Check out the full feature here.
THE MERCURY NEWS
"Accompanying herself with harmonic wit and rhythmic drive, she performs a set of smart original songs and reimagined standards, delivered with a vocal style that’s cool but emotionally absorbing." Read full feature here.
C. MICHAEL BAILEY
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Green's composing skills are more than impressive, making this first recording that much more appealing.” Read the full feature here.
GEORGE W. HARRIS
"Kelly Green is a triple threat here as pianist, vocalist and composer, mixing her own material with standards as she teams up with all stars Jovan Alexandre (tenor saxophone), Josh Evans (trumpet), Tamir Shmerling/Matt Dwonszyk/Christian McBride (bass), Noam Israeli/Kush Abadey (drums), Mike Troy (alto saxophone) and Steve Nelson (vibraphonist)." Read the full review here.