ICA FREE THURSDAY NIGHTS
July 7–September 8
Berklee College of Music boasts some of the most talented students, alumni, and faculty at work in music today and there’s no better place to hear them than a summer evening at the ICA. Enjoy the best of both institutions with Harborwalk Sounds, a free series of concerts featuring rising stars in jazz, world, Latin, and more. Relax on the Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld Harborway with a refreshing drink from the Water Café and hot sounds from the coolest music school around.
When it comes to saxophonist, vocalist, compose, lyricist, arranger Grace Kelly, people seem to be divided into two groups: those who marvel at her proficiency, creativity, and ever-accelerating growth, and those who have yet to encounter the young wunderkind. The ranks of the former category are growing by the day. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was so impressed with Kelly’s three-night stand as guest of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that he invited her to join the ensemble at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC, for an Martin Luther King, Jr. Day/Inauguration Eve concert. After hearing Kelly in a master class, Harry Connick Jr. brought her on stage to sit in with his band.
These accomplishments capped an already exceptional end of 2008 in which Kelly’s appearance on NPR’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland was syndicated nationally, The Boston Music Awards declared her the city’s Outstanding Jazz Act, and local ABC affiliate WCVB-TV named her one of five Bostonians to Watch in 2009. The 2009 57th Downbeat Critics Poll added to her list naming her one of the "Alto Saxophone Rising Stars”, the youngest ever to be named so. She has numerous other awards to her credit. To this astonishing list of kudos and credits, Kelly now adds Mood Changes, the fifth release on her PAZZ label.