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Le Moyne College Jazzuits Present the Music of George Gershwin with Guest Artist Nancy Kelly

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … On Sunday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m., one of central New York’s legendary jazz singers, Nancy Kelly, will perform with the Jazzuits, Le Moyne College’s vocal jazz ensemble, under the direction of Carol Jacobe. The concert will feature the music of George Gershwin and will take place in the James Commons, located in the Campus Center.

Nancy Kelly’s live performances are legendary. She has earned many awards and attracted fans from around the globe. In a marketplace where wispy voices and shallow emotions abound, Kelly is a breath of fresh air ... or should we say, smoky air; she takes us back to the time when jazz – and that includes vocal jazz -- was an authentic expression of real emotion.

Kelly’s refined stage presence, style, and the ability to quickly capture the emotions of her audience isn’t the only thing that places her in a league of her own -- the lady was “Born to Swing,” and she means business.

During her 30-plus-year career she has honed her trademark “back-to-the-roots” swinging style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad -- from Singapore to Switzerland, France, and Turkey to her three tours of Japan. Kelly appears regularly in New York City including performances at The Blue Note, Birdland and The Rainbow Room and Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Lincoln Center. She works frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless jazz clubs, festivals, and symphony orchestra engagements across the country.

Concert repertoire will include group numbers by the Jazzuits with Nancy Kelly and solos by several of the members of the Jazzuits. Kelly will also perform duets with some of the students. Gershwin favorites such as “Summertime,” “Embraceable You,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “Fascinating Rhythm” will be performed.

The group and Nancy Kelly will be accompanied by a full rhythm section, including Jerry Exline on piano, Alex Vernetti on drums and Kate Goloski and Dennis Goettel on bass.

The concert will be performed in a cabaret style along with general admission seating. Tickets for table seating will be $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students. General seating is available for $5. (General seating is free for students.) Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (315) 445-4523.


posted on: 2/13/2012