When we last wrote about pianist/singer Kelly Green in our December 20 issue, she was nearing the end of the biggest year in her short career. The Deland native moved to New York City after graduating from UNF in 2014, and has maintained an impressively frenetic performance schedule ever since, culminating with the release of her debut album, , last fall. It was resoundingly well-received across the international jazz community so, like any savvy professional, she is striking while the iron is hot.
She returns to Florida at the end of June for series of gigs around the state, punctuated by two days at the Greenhouse Productions studio in Orlando, where she and her trio-the KG3, featuring Alex Tremblay on bass and Evan Hyde on drums-will enter the studio to record her much-anticipated sophomore release. (She also has a sextet that works the New York area pretty regularly.) But there is nothing sophomoric about her chops, or the breadth and scope of her musical knowledge. Green is the type of player who would have been right at home in almost any setting there was in the history of jazz, but her wheelhouse is the classic post-war bebop that continues driving the music's commercial market to this day.
Based currently in Harlem, where she shares a brownstone with three other working jazz musicians, she is usually within walking distance (if not a short ride on the legendary "A" Train, made famous by Duke Ellington in 1941) of countless iconic sites in jazz history, many of which she now knows like the back of her hand: The Blue Note, B.B. King's, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, Minton's Playhouse, Mezzrow, Smalls Jazz Club, The Django NYC, Zinc Bar New York, Fat Cat, The Bitter End, Bowery Electric, Rockwood Music Hall, The Flatiron Room, Fine & Rare and even the Apollo Theater. The trio just finished a mini-tour of Colombia just a few weeks ago, but all roads lead back to Jacksonville, or so it seems sometimes.
For the leader, it marks her first time back on a First Coast stage in about six years, and her bandmates' performance debut in this region. The Kelly Green Trio has two shows planned for the First Coast, both of which are must-see for the cognoscenti. Wednesday, June 27 will find them be at The Parlour, the sweet speakeasy-style spot in the back of Grape and Grain Exchange, which is one of the premiere places for live music, especially jazz, anywhere in Northeast Florida. They'll also be at The Local, on San Jose Blvd, on Thursday, June 28. No cover for either show.