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“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room. She is one of the most kind-hearted, easy-going people I’ve had the pleasure of working with.” Jon Batiste, the bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saxophonist, singer, composer, and producer, Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25-year-old. Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Grace Kelly released her 10th CD as a leader. The latest album, Trying To Figure It Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
In 2016, Grace was also thrilled to join a dynamic 10-piece house band for NBC’s new variety show “Maya & Marty,” starring Maya Rudolph and Martin Short and produced by Lorne Michaels.
Grace also garnered many awards from jazz critics and fans alike. She was the winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone,” and voted fourth in the Alto Saxophonist category in the 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. She also won “Jazz Artist of the Year” in the 2016 Boston Music Awards and “Alto Saxophonist of the Year” by NYC Jazz Fans Decision 2016.
Grace wrote her first song at seven years old, recorded her first CD at 12, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14, and performed at President Obama’s Inauguration at 16. As a bandleader she has performed over 800 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan to name a few.
In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch,” CNN.com, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.
Grace also produced, emceed, and performed in a major All-Star concert at Berklee Performance Center recently, as she established and raised funds for the Fred Taylor Endowed Scholarship Fund at and in partnership with Berklee College. www.fredtaylorscholarshipfund.org
In efforts to bring jazz to a younger audience as well as to bridge music, cinematography, and her joyful personality, Grace launched a new weekly video series called “Grace Kelly PopUp" on social media in February 2017, which has already racked up over one million views.
Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is "an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil." The Times of London notes "his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and his undoubted virtuosity," adding that Nelson is "one of fusion's most accomplished exponents." Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.
Rangell is the fourth child in a musical family. His brother, Andrew, is a well known concert pianist living in Boston; his brother, Bobby, lives in Paris and is a leading woodwind player in European jazz and studio scenes. His sister, Paula, is a professional singer living in New Orleans.
Rangell first played flute at the age of 15. Within six months he was studying both classical and jazz music at The Interlochen Arts Academy, a national camp for gifted music students. He went on to attend The New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. As a student he twice won Down Beat Magazine's prestigious National Student Recording Awards competition both as best jazz and best pop/rock instrumental soloist. After college he headed to New York in 1984 to pursue his career.
The next four years were spent "paying dues", sitting in, playing alongside, and gigging with some of the world's greatest contemporary jazz musicians including Hiram Bullock, Jorge Dalto, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, Jaco Pastorius, David Sanborn and many others. He also found occasional employment with the legendary Gil Evans Monday Night Orchestra and worked on many commercial jingle recording sessions. Rangell's 1987 debut album was released on Gaia/Gramavision Records, but soon thereafter he was signed by Larry Rosen and Dave Grusin at GRP Records.
A succession of albums followed at GRP where he recorded eight CDs, beginning in 1989. His stated ambition throughout these endeavors has been "to grow and evolve as a player and artist while making music that people can easily relate to in a form that is substantive." With his musical armory encompassing flute, piccolo, alto, tenor and soprano saxophone as well as whistling, he was well equipped to fulfill this desire. He has recorded with The Rippingtons, Chuck Loeb, Patti Austin, Tom Browne, and The GRP All Star Big Band to name a few and is featured on Don Grusin's Grammy nominated CD "The Hang." Though Rangell has recorded mostly in the contemporary/pop and smooth jazz formats garnering top radio play and a large audience, The Times of London notes "heard live a much more robust and idiosyncratic player emerges." In the late 90s Rangell continued his career with Shanachie Records and has now released 14 CDs nationally and internationally.
Now with Koch Records, Nelson Rangell has recorded 3 wonderful and wide ranging CDs within 18 months. His first Christmas CD "All I Hope For Christmas" has been critically well received and has been called "an instant holiday classic" by Jazzreview.com. Rangell followed this with "My American Songbook" a collection of fresh arrangements of classic compositions by American composers. It is Rangell's most explorative and unique recording delving into Nelson's jazz roots and eclectic musical influences.
Nelson Rangell's newest CD is titled "Soul To Souls" released April 4 of 2006. It is an exciting return to Rangell's past contemporary jazz recordings like Destiny, Truest Heart and Always. The disc continues to highlight Rangell's formidable abilities and improvisational skill on many different instruments throughout the 10 compositions on the recording from tenor saxophone to piccolo. The CD features exciting performances from virtuoso guest artists Earl Klugh, Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg and pianist Vlad Girshevich. Rangell has recorded some of his favorite contemporary jazz pieces like Joe Sample's "Free As The Wind" and Earl Klugh's Vonetta as well as a contemporary arrangement of Dizzy Gillepie's classic "A Night In Tunisia". The disc also features 5 originals from the urban groove "City Lights" and uplifting "When I Saw You" to a new and expansive composition from Rangell and long time writing partner Kip Kuepper titled "The World View". " I'm extremely happy to present Soul To Souls and feel my fans and new listeners will enjoy this CD amongst the top of my recordings." says Rangell. I think the tunes on the disc are all easy to listen to and enjoy but also feature truly energetic and challenging soloing as well. I enjoy the CDs production artistically, and feel the honesty and strength of the performances still come through very clearly. It's one of my favorite recordings. I read once that "the way into another's heart is through your own." I can say Soul to Souls is genuinely that type of effort and communication for me."
Soul To Souls is a heartfelt recording with powerful performances throughout the disc and strongly continues Nelson Rangell's path of growth and evolvement as an artist.