About Lisa & JB....
Jazz artists, vocalist LISA KELLY and trumpeter JB SCOTT, began what has become a long and successful musical partnership with aperformance together in 1997 at the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They have since appeared nationally and abroad as featured soloists, as leaders of their groups, the KELLY/SCOTT QUINTET (Classic Mainstream Jazz), JB SCOTT'S SWINGIN' ALLSTARS (Chicago Swing/New Orleans Style Jazz), as co-founding leaders of SOPHISTIATED SWING and THE FLORIDA SWING ORCHESTRA(10/20-piece Big Bands), as featured members of the ST. JOHNS RIVER CITY BAND (10/20-piece Big Bands), and as guest artists/clinicians with secondary, college, and professional jazz ensembles and music orchestras.
Highly respected as musical artists, clinicians and mentoring teachers, Lisa Kelly, 5-time Downbeat Magazine award winning vocalist/composer, and JB Scott, former director of the Dukes of Dixieland, have continued to enjoy an ever-expanding, multi-generational fan base. Their popularity is a result of consistently presenting high level, expressively swinging Jazz, with top notch musicians, in an authentic and entertaining delivery. The likable chemistry between these two artists lies in the balance of sharing their creative strengths: Kelly's sophisticated stage presence and song styling, Scott’s humor and total command of his instrument. With a smooth, clear toned, richly timbered signature voice reminiscent of Sarah Vaughan, Julie London, and Diana Krall, Lisa Kelly sings with a natural style of soulfulness and intimacy. Her three octave range, incredible pitch, intuitive sense of swing, and instrumental approach allows her the freedom to explore the music as a horn player, with a sensitive delivery of lyric and an skillful "Ella" like scat. The hard swinging, soulful lines of trumpeter JB Scott, a la Freddie Hubbard meets Clark Terry meets Dizzy Gillespie, skillfully reflect his level of experience and versatility of style. From years spent playing in the clubs of New Orleans and Miami to stages around the world, on trumpet or on flugelhorn, Scott’s masterful interpretive style is sassy, grooving, fiery, and beautifully sensitive, frequently articulated through affluent vocal scatting. Together, Kelly and Scott are wonderfully engaging and appealing to audiences of all ages.
Kelly and Scott’s numerous (often repeated) performances have included the Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Festival Vien Jazz Festival (Austria), North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Monterey Jazz Festival, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Mammoth Lakes Jazz Festival, Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, Suncoast Dixieland Jazz Classic, Savannah Jazz Festival, Daytona International Music Festival, Legacy Jazz Festival, Jazz By The Bay Jazz Festival, Lakeside Jazz Festival, Walt Disney World's Pleasure Island Jazz Club, Duke's Jazz Bar (Switzerland), The Kravis Center, The Van Weizel Performing Arts Center, The Jazz Corner, Heidi's Jazz Club, and numerous other international festivals, clubs, jazz cruises, jazz societies and music programs from high school to collegiate. Kelly and Scott have appeared with such Jazz luminaries as Bunky Green, Dave Brubeck, Ed Calle, Slide Hampton, Arturo Sandoval, Bill Waltrous, Bill Allred, Jane Monheit, Alan Vache, Larry Elgart, Carmen Bradford, Mullgrew Miller, Claudio Rodeti, Dave Steinmeyer, Herb Bruce, Terry Myers, Bill Prince, Ira Sullivan, and Jack Petersen. Their group rhythm sections have included such well respected musicians as Danny Gottlieb, Richard Drexler, Eddie Metz, Dennis Marks, John Lee, Yotam, Lynne Arriale, Mike Orta, Per Danielsson, Rick Kirkland, Clyde Conner, Barry Greene, Jeff Phillips, Joshua Bowlus, Rick Ravelo, Rhodney Whitacker, Doug Matthews, Von Barlow, Ken Calhoun, Eric Mason, Steve Salo, Dick Maley, and Kevin Bales.
In June 2003, Kelly and Scott were profiled as featured artists “deserving of wider recognition” on the esteemed Southern Arts Federation CD, "Jazz South" distributed to 100's of radio stations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since 1997, they have been featured on numerous TV and radio commercials and recordings, including two releases by the St. Johns River City Band, “Swingin’ Up The River” (2001) and “Silver Threads, The 25th Anniversary” (2009), and have co-released five CD’s: “Lisa Kelly, By Request” (1997), “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now” (2000), “Memories of Tomorrow” (2001), “Live at Simons” (2003), and “Just Swingin’!” (2008), all available on their website, KellyScottMusic.com, and on CDBaby.com. In 2011, Kelly and Scott were two of 320 international jazz artists profiled in the book,"The New Face of Jazz," Amazon.com.