The jazz duo, Phil Woods and Grace Kelly will perform at Bloomsburg University on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. The two came together in 2011 to collaborate on an album called, “Man with the Hat.” Woods specialty is a tenor saxophone, while Kelly shines on an alto sax. Kelly, 20 years old, can play the sax way beyond her age and has performed and recorded with the likes of well-known names such as Harry Connick Jr., Esperanza Spalding, and some guy they call Barrack Obama. Kelly was asked to perform in Washington D.C. for Obama’s Inauguration Celebration. She began attending Berkley College of Music at 16 and graduated at 19. Although only 20, Kelly has began teaching a residency at Berkley College.
Phil Woods, who is 80 years old, has obviously recognized Kelly’s incredible talents, because he is truly a jazz legend. He was once quoted as saying, “”I gave her my hat, that’s how good she sounded,” Woods enthused. “She’s the first alto player to get one.” Phil isn’t a stranger to working with famous faces either. He has recorded with Quincy Jones, Paul Simon, Tony Bennett, and even Billy Joel.
In addition to Friday night’s performance, Kelly will teach a workshop for the 13th Bloomsburg University Jazz Festival. Not only is this an excellent way to participate in the Celebrity Artist Series’ final event, but also this is the perfect opportunity to experience the sounds of jazz and be in the presence of extreme talents.
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