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"Many call themselves Jazz singers but Nancy Kelly is the real deal"

"This lady is a study in jazz's cool, it's phrasing, its nuance, and its sophistication. Kelly has wowed em all over the world with her classic swing and elegance." RIJF

"Nancy Kelly is an exceptionally gifted jazz singer." The Jazz Journal

Jazz singing legend Mark Murphy says, “She is the Anita O’Day of today."

Respected jazz critics and marquee jazz club owners say “Many call themselves jazz singers, but Nancy Kelly is the real deal."

Nancy was twice named “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” in the Downbeat Reader's Poll. She has recorded 6 critically acclaimed CDs and is hailed as one of the premier jazz vocalists of our times.

“If swing was Gold, Nancy would be the richest women on earth” John Gilbert E News


Nancy is a classically trained pianist that found her voice in jazz and got her real education as house singer at Jewels, a jazz club in center city Philadelphia, where she shared the bill with the likes of Betty Carter, Houston Person, Etta Jones, Joey Defrancesco, Groove Holms, Jack McDuff and many more. "Rochester native Nancy Kelly is a charter member of the Upstate Burn Society, a loosely organized group that also includes Don Menza, Joe Romano and a number of other Jazz illuminati from Upstate New York". Hot House Fl.

Awards received:

Unsung Heroine Award for achievements in music from the National Organization of Women.

 4 SAMMY Awards Best Female Vocalist & Best Jazz Group.Syracuse, New York Sammy’s Hall of Fame. 

2018 Jazz-N-Caz Award

Kelly appeared during the 17th annual Jazz-N-Caz event on Saturday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., at Cazenovia College’s Catherine Cummings Theatre with the all-female Diva Orchestra, where she will receive the 2018 Jazz-N-Caz Award for her contributions to the local jazz community.

Central New York Jazz honored Nancy with the Jazz Educator of the Year Award  April 2019

Nancy Kelly in January performing at The 443 Social Club and Lounge in Syracuse."It was an amazing night. "She’s amazing“ "What a night! Sometimes,pure magic happens in this room." read more

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Nancy is inducted into the Rochester Hall of Fame 2020! read more

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