Nancy Kelly has traveled the world over, from Istanbul to Switzerland as well as the Far East, with stints at Birdland and the Blue Note in New York City. She has graced the stages of the major jazz spots on both coasts. But when the first eight bars of "I Love Being Here With You" were sung, a packed house at Spazio in Sherman Oaks, Ca. collectively fell under her spell.
Whether caressing a ballad with intimacy and sensuality or shifting into dead red with a blazing rendition of "It's Alright With Me" this lady has all the ingredients of a super star.
When Kelly took over the Piano for a few bars, then the drums, and finally tossing in some ultra hip scatting, the audience erupted into appreciative applause for her showmanship and versatility
The utilization of the microphone in singing is an often overlooked asset and Nancy Kelly uses the mike like a Stradivarius, creating variances in tone with skillful artistry.
Miss K is blessed with clarity of sound, superb intonation and that innate ability to make everything swing, even the ballads sweetly move and groove.
There is an old axiom that says "There are the best, and all the rest". Nancy Kelly is certainly not "The Rest" ...She is simply the best.
With Nancy on her California tour, which included Soho in Santa Barbara and Michael D's in Camarillo, were the some of the top notch musicians in the business. The brilliant Dino Losito at the Piano provided exactly the moods needed for Kelly to stretch out. Losito is an inspired bopster who coaxes every bit of soul out of the Piano. This Pianist is a soon to be force in the jazz world. He just needs to be heard.
Chris Colangelo is a master of the Bass, He is a veritable time machine and a marvelous soloist. His addition to this ensemble was a integral part of it's foundation. Colangelo has the rare ability to bring out the best in his constituents on the bandstand.
Tim Pleasant on the Drums was the final ingredient that got the whole gig off the ground. Tastefully accenting at the right moment and adding fills that grooved things ever so nicely.
The musicians were smiling, Kelly was impeccable, and the attendees were more than pleased. Who wouldn't be? This is jazz at it's best baby.