At The Movies
Release Date: March 1, 2024
Label: PAZZ Productions

Grace Kelly with Strings: At The Movies is deeply inspired by the seminal album Charlie Parker with Strings, is set for release on March 1, 2024, via PAZZ Productions. It marks Kelly's first jazz record since 2016 and represents a significant milestone, showcasing her enduring commitment to artistic evolution and excellence.

Grace Kelly with Strings: At The Movies is a heartfelt tribute to one of Kelly's all-time favorite jazz records. “One of the things that captivated me about 'Charlie Parker with Strings' is the elegance and virtuosity in Charlie Parker's playing.  He was my first alto sax hero. Through his most intricate lines, he leads us with such lyricism weaving in and out of Jimmy Carroll's beautiful arrangements. I immersed myself in the music from that album and used it as a guiding light when recording this album,” she shares. 

The album's rendition of "The Way You Look Tonight," arranged by Grammy Award winner Steven Feifke, draws distinct parallels to Charlie Parker's iconic track "Just Friends," a piece that Kelly treasured and played nightly before bed. The introduction of this track features ethereal harp glissandos and a dramatic string accelerando, setting a stage reminiscent of Parker's era. Grace’s saxophone lines, laced with bebop scales, showcase a precision and articulation that not only demonstrate her virtuosity but also pay homage to her saxophone idol, Charlie Parker.

Joining Kelly in this venture is an all-star cast including Tony Award winning and Grammy nominee producer, Bryan Carter, along with a powerhouse of millennial arrangers steeped in jazz history, such as Grammy and Tony Award-winning Charlie Rosen and Grammy Award winner Feifke. Special guests on the record include esteemed jazz trumpeter, Sean Jones, and guitar sensation, Cory Wong.

From signing her first grade papers as Princess Grace Kelly, inspired by her favorite movie star, to cherished family rituals involving a visit to the local Blockbuster store and weekly Friday movie nights, this album is a full-circle moment for her. “Falling in love with Grace Kelly, having her name, playing some incredible music, including the only song she sang in film. This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m really proud of it," Kelly reflects. It is apparent that this album bears profound personal significance for Kelly, reflecting a lifelong passion for cinema and storytelling. As fate would have it, her legal name was serendipitously changed to Grace Kelly at the age of 8 after taking the name of her stepfather, a detail that seems to predestine her artistic journey and connection to the golden era of film.

Grace Kelly's journey in jazz is marked by her role as a musical prodigy, with over 1000 shows as a bandleader in 35 countries, including appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and major U.S. and international jazz festivals. As of October 2022, she became the youngest member of Berklee College of Music's Board of Trustees. Her achievements span from winning the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest’s “Song of the Year” to multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and recognition in Downbeat Magazine's Critics Poll as a winner for both Alto Sax and Baritone Sax.

The album opens with a daring arrangement of the James Bond Theme, intertwined with Billie Eilish's haunting "No Time To Die." Arranged by Bryan Carter, this track sets the tone for an album that celebrates the melding of timeless melodies with contemporary jazz flair. Kelly states, “I love the idea of merging the old with the new in my music and am a big fan of Billie Eilish. It felt natural to bring both these songs together and get a chance to show both sides of my playing and singing on this one.”

In a nod to nostalgia, Kelly maintains the integrity of John Williams' iconic “E.T. Theme”, opting for a subtle yet profound transformation by introducing the saxophone as the lead voice. The result is a soaring rendition that encapsulates the wonder and adventure of the beloved film. Kelly reflects, “I felt as if I was lifting off with ET while playing with these lead lines with our incredible string section on this one!”

Trumpeter Sean Jones joins Kelly for a whimsical take on Quincy Jones' “Soul Bossa Nova.” Renowned for his work with the Wynton Marsalis Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and as a celebrated educator, Jones' performance is nothing short of spectacular, providing a burst of virtuosic energy and soul to this track.

Guitarist Cory Wong, known for his distinctive rhythm guitar playing, brings his signature groove to the "Power of Love." The track arranged by the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Charlie Rosen, leader of the 8-Bit Big Band, reflects the rich tapestry of Kelly's diverse musical influences. The dynamic interplay between Kelly and Wong as they seamlessly exchange musical leads is a highlight, underscoring their successful collaborations on previous albums like Cory Wong and Dirty Loop's "Turbo" and the Fearless Flyers' "Tailwinds." Reflecting on her career, Kelly remarks, “I’ve had the chance to share the stage with Huey Lewis multiple times and it has been an incredible highlight for me. Huey's support and mentorship have been invaluable in my musical journey and career development.”

The album delivers bold interpretations of "He's a Pirate" and "Mission Impossible," with the latter featuring Kelly's baritone saxophone in a thrilling display. Her full and powerful tone brings a fresh perspective to these well-known themes, highlighting her versatility as a musician.

"True Love," Grace's distinctive rendition of the Cole Porter classic — famously the only song Grace Kelly performed on screen — ventures into uncharted musical landscapes. This interpretation starts in a rubato fashion with Grace’s vocals taking the lead and by the end transforms the timeless melody into a 9/8 time signature brimming with triplets, featuring Kelly’s intertwining tenor sax lines and soaring vocalise.

The Morricone Medley is another stand out track on the album, a sophisticated homage to Ennio Morricone's cinematic genius. Kelly's interpretation of the rugged, Western-tinged "Main Theme" from The Good, The Bad & The Ugly injects a raw visceral energy into the piece. Contrastingly, her rendition of "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission and “Love Theme” from Cinema Paradiso is a masterclass in subtlety and nuance; her saxophone weaves a tapestry of haunting melodies, evoking the film's poignant narrative with every note.

In "Moon River," pianist Tamir Hendelman, known for his work with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, brings an exquisite finesse to the track. His pianistic elegance interlaces perfectly with Kelly's intimate vocals, turning this timeless melody into a sentimental exploration of yearning and nostalgia.

Kelly's original piece, "By The Grave," showcases her virtuosity as a composer and her significant influence in the modern jazz scene. Featured in the documentary "Life and Life" and as the evocative theme for best-selling author Michael Connelly's "Murder Book" podcast, this composition is a profound, introspective journey into the realm of emotion.

The last portion is a vibrant tribute featuring classic Disney-film songs including "When You Wish Upon a Star," "I Wanna Be Like You," "Go The Distance," "Part of Your World," and "Circle of Life." Disney's influence on jazz is profound, inspiring artists from Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck to Esperanza Spalding. Reflecting on this rich history, Kelly shares, "Bryan Carter, our producer, and I discovered a mutual love for Disney music when we first met as students at the Brubeck Jazz Institute. Now, the 13-year-old in me is smiling ear to ear, knowing we've revived our childhood favorites in a beautiful orchestral setting years later."

Album: GO TiME: Live in LA
Street Date: April 12, 2019

Millennial jazz prodigy Grace Kelly builds on innovative video album concept for fans with GO TiME: Live in LA. The album will rise to the high technical and artistic bar set by GO TiME: Brooklyn -- including imaginative “Graceified” arrangements of jazz standards and popular songs, new original music played by a world-class band, and choreography performed by acclaimed improvisational tap dancer Sarah Reich -- while tackling the challenge of producing the most authentic and engaging multi-sensory music experience possible for fans all over the world. Kelly will kick off her album release tour in April at Boston’s City Winery and New York City’s Joe’s Pub, with more concert dates to come.

The new live album was funded by 350+ fans through online crowdfunding initiatives for the GO TiME series and also inspired by the millions of views and hundreds of positive comments and shares on Kelly’s proof-of-concept Pop-Up video series on YouTube featuring the saxophonist and special guests in exotic locales.

“The GO TiME: Brooklyn album was a turning point in my career as a performer who loves connecting with audiences and bringing them into the performance experience,” Kelly says. “Because we were able to use technology to capture the visual aspect and live energy of the show in a new way and debut it over Facebook Live and other online media platforms, I could really bring my whole dancing, furry-pink-boa-wearing self to the project - and the response was incredible. I wanted to keep pushing the envelope with GO TiME: Live in LA to give back to all of the fans who encourage me to keep breaking down the conventional barriers between performers and audiences. After over a decade of performing internationally and releasing albums, I’ve found that I grow so much as an artist when I focus on helping my fans feel the same exhilaration and joy that I do when I perform for them.”

GO TiME: Live in LA will be available for purchase as a digital video album, digital audio download, or physical CDs through the newly-launched store on www.gracekellymusic.com. The audio tracks will also be available on Spotify, iTunes, and other major online music streaming services.

Featured by Vanity Fair as a millennial shaking up the jazz world, Kelly’s state-of-the-art brand of electro jazz-pop and inventive digital content are pushing her to the forefront of the fusion scene, alongside names like Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, Cory Henry, Robert Glasper, Jon Batiste, and Too Many Zooz. Kelly’s early career featured performances at Barack Obama’s 2016 inauguration and as a soloist with the Boston Pops playing an original composition arranged for the legendary orchestra; she has since then played over 900 shows as bandleader in 35 countries at venues like the Kennedy Center and the Hollywood Bowl and for the Montreal, Newport, and Montreux international jazz festivals. She has won numerous ASCAP and other songwriting awards, including a Grand Prize nod in the 2018 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for the song ‘Feels Like Home.’

For further information about Grace Kelly and to purchase her CDs and merchandise, visit her website at www.grackellymusic.com. She’s also on YouTube at youtube.com/gracekellymusic, on Facebook at facebook.com/GraceKellymusic, on Instagram at instagram.com/gkellymusic, and Twitter at @gracekellymusic.

For: At The Movies

HECTOR MARTIN
CANCION A QUEMARROPA
"Grace's saxophone lines, intertwined with bebop scales, display a precision and articulation that not only demonstrates her virtuosity but also pays homage to her saxophone idol, Charlie Parker." Check out the full review here.

THIERRY DE CLEMENSAT
PARIS MOVE
"This kind of album can appeal to both the general public and true jazz enthusiasts. The arrangements are grandiose, sometimes amusing, and particularly rich, showcasing Grace Kelly’s dexterity that can convince anyone." Check out the full review here.

GO TiME: Live in LA

UNDER THE RADAR STAFF
WBGH
See the full feature and video here.

DAN BILAWSKY
JAZZ TIMES
"Those who prefer a traditional listening experience may just end up sticking with the music, but watching the way she works, via video footage, allows for a greater appreciation of her artistry." Read the full review here.

MATT MICUCCI
JAZZIZ
New Music Monday: “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” - watch featured track video here

BILL MILKOWSKI
PASTE MAGAZINE
"...the charismatic alto saxophonist has chosen to go far afield from her straight ahead jazz roots on this cutting edge project that blends electronic, jazz and pop music." Read the full "Women Influencing the Future of Jazz" feature here.

BRETT MILANO
BOSTON HERALD
Video game music + jazz = 8-Bit alchemy - read full show preview here

GEORGE HARRIS
JAZZ WEEKLY
"Alto saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly continues to re-invent herself, demonstrated on this concert recording." Read the full review here

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