refined stage presence, style, grace, and the ability
to quickly capture the emotions of her audience isn’t
the only thing that places Nancy in a league of her own--the
lady was born to swing, and she means business.
Starting at age four in her hometown of Rochester, New
York, Nancy studied piano, clarinet, drama and dance with
private instructors, and voice at the Eastman School of
During her thirty-plus year career she has honed her trademark
swing/bop take no prisoners style in front of audiences
across the U.S. and abroad--from Singapore to Switzerland,
from Turkey to her 3 tours of Japan.
Nancy appears regularly in New York City including performances
at The Blue Note, Birdland and The Rainbow Room. She works
frequently in Los Angeles and Miami, as well as countless
jazz clubs, festivals, and symphony orchestra engagements
across the country.
Downbeat magazine’s reader’s poll voted Kelly
the title of "best female jazz vocalist" two
years in a row.
All of Miss Kelly’s accomplishments and accolades
are testament to the fact that a great jazz voice doesn't
happen overnight. More than any other instrument the voice
gains its resonance and soulfullness from the life experiences
of the body that surrounds it. To paraphrase Bird--If
you haven't lived it isn't going to come out of your horn.
Nancy Kelly has lived it. She is, in every respect, "The