This is the second year the Brookline teenager has taken the Local Jazz category — and why not? Kelly has a large and loyal fan base that’s been following her doings on the Web and in local clubs since she was 14. Now 17, she this year released two albums on her own Pazz label: GRACEfulLEE, where she held her own with jazz icon (and mentor) Lee Konitz, and the recent Mood Changes. Say what you will, this is not the sound of callow youth. Whether she’s working with a giant like Konitz or a band of local ringers, she always sounds at home. And though she’s still coming into her own as a composer, on an original ballad like “Tender Madness” she passes the test both as a writer (it will have you scratching your head in search of a lost standard) and for her poised tenor solo. That would be her third or fourth instrument — after alto, soprano, and voice. And yeah, she’s a pretty good singer, too.
2_ Laszlo Gardony
3_Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra