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Julie Kelly's new release, Happy to Be, offers up a feast of storytelling that draws from classic vocal jazz, bebop roots and fresh originals. Whether singing her own lyrics to the rollicking "Blues According to Orpheus" or chiming though the narratives of Phoebe Snow's "Harpo's Blues" and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Corcovado", Julie's vocals never fail to capture all the senses at once. In her deft hands, song and story embrace, entwine and unerringly enchant.

Julie Kelly: vocals
Clay Jenkins: trumpet
Ron Stout: flugelhorn
Bob McChesney: trombone
Bob Sheppard: tenor saxophone, flute
Kim Richmond: tenor saxophone
Bill Cunliffe: piano, synthesizer
Anthony Wilson: guitar
Tom Warrington: bass
Joe La Barbera: drums
Walter Rodriguez: percussion
Nick Mancini: vibes
Special Guest: vocalist John Proulx (courtesy of Max Jazz Records)

Artist(s)/Title: Julie Kelly: Happy to Be
Catalog #: JM1067
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Album Reviews: Click Here
  1. Harpo's Blues - Listen to clip
  2. Happy To Be - Listen to clip
  3. Our Love Rolls On - Listen to clip
  4. You're The Dangerous Type - Listen to clip
  5. Corcovado - Listen to clip
  6. I Have The Feeling I've Been Here Before - Listen to clip
  7. The Blues According To Orpheus - Listen to clip
  8. I Wish I Could Go Traveling Again - Listen to clip
  9. I Never Went Away - Listen to clip
  10. High In The Sky - Listen to clip
  11. For Joni - Listen to clip
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  • This new offering, Happy to Be, by vocalist Julie Kelly captivates with a mixture of fresh originals and re-imagined vocal classics. Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kate McGarry calls this CD nothing less than a "brilliant alchemy".
  • Happy to Be is a collaboration between Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, jazz impresario Barbara Brighton and vocalist Julie Kelly. The result is a fresh journey into the jazz vocal universe with songs both known and just-discovered.
  • Happy to Be features arrangements by Los Angeles' most provocative jazz artists: Otmaro Ruiz, Bill Cunliffe, wunderkind Jacob Mann, and more. Original songs are featured throughout written by Jim Tomlinson, (singer Stacey Kent's husband,) acclaimed vocalists Inga Swearingen, Fleurine and Julie herself.

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