She received her Bachelors in Jazz Studies- piano performance at the University of North Florida. She studied piano with accomplished jazz pianist, Lynne Arriale as well as voice with wonderful vocalist, Michelle Amato. She received the outstanding musician’s award her last three years at the University. While living in Jacksonville she performed weekly with her trio at the Ponte Vedra Lodge and Club. She also performed steadily at the Times Union Center, Lilly’s Coffee Shop, and Rhett’s Piano Bar as well as doing many private events at various locations. In May 2011, she competed in the Generation Next Youth Talent Competition at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival taking home first prize and a $2,000 savings bond for playing and singing Herbie Hancock’s “Eye of the Hurricane”.
In September 2012 she began attending William Paterson University where she received her Masters in Jazz Piano Performance. She took private lessons with acclaimed pianists Harold Mabern and James Weidman. She also had the privilege of taking a semester of arranging lessons with master Cecil Bridgewater and three semesters of classical piano lessons with the amazing pianist and educator Gary Kirkpatrick. While studying at William Paterson she was also able to perform in ensembles directed by the late master of the piano, Mulgrew Miller, as well as Bill Mobley, Armen Donelian, Rich Perry, Dave Rogers, and Bill Goodwin among others. For her last two semesters she was the pianist in the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra led by head of the WP Jazz Department, Dr. David Demsey. In this band she had the opportunity to perform with NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath and legendary jazz vibraphonist Steve Nelson. Kelly also received the Outstanding Graduate Music Student Award for her class. In June 2014 Kelly was chosen to be the pianist in the William Paterson Colombia Band, which toured three cities in Colombia, South America. In Colombia, the band taught at two week long jazz clinics and performed at three large concert halls.
Although Kelly just moved to New York City about two years ago, she performs and hosts weekly jam sessions at Cleopatra's Needle and performs weekly at Rue B. She also had a solo performance every Saturday at the 9th Note Jazz Club in Stamford, CT where she opened up for jazz legends such as George Coleman, Jimmy Cobb, and Louis Hayes among many others.
In December 2016 she recorded her debut jazz record including wonderful musicians Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, Josh Evans, Kush Abadey, Jovan Alexandre, Matt Dwonszyk, Noam Israeli, Tamir Shmerling, and Mike Troy. It is currently in it's final stages of production and will be available within the next few months, (links will be on this website to purchase).
Kelly has already performed at notable clubs and venues such as Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Apollo Theater, Minton's, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, The Django, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, and Tavern on the Green among many other restaurants and venues in the city. She has also performed at the Deerhead Inn in PA and in New Jersey at Trumpets Jazz Club, Mexicali Live, Hat City Kitchen, and Duke's Southern Table among many other restaurants and private events.
She has performed in bands alongside established jazz musicians such as Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, Jimmy Heath, Steve Nelson, Nat Reeves, Steve Williams, Bill Goodwin, Rich Perry, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Stacy Dillard, Jonathan Barber, Josh Evans, Bruce Williams, Frank Lacy, James Zollar and Jovan Alexandre among others.
In addition to being an outstanding performer, Kelly is a wonderful educator. She has taught at the Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop and the William Paterson Jazz Workshop for the past three years. In Jacksonville, she taught at the University of North Florida Jazz Workshops for four years. She is currently a Teaching Artist at Jazz House Kids.
Kelly with Christian McBride
Kelly with Jimmy Heath
Kelly Green is an up and coming jazz pianist vocalist who currently resides in Harlem, New York City. Born and raised in Florida, she began singing as a toddler and started piano lessons at age seven. At age eleven she became interested in jazz and began attending the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshop every year with her father, who is a professional bass player. Her senior year of high school she recorded and produced her own album of twelve original songs called “Aspire”.
Kelly with Steve Nelson
"A talented young lady, Kelly Green...you're gonna be hearing a lot more from her! "
-Harold Mabern, renowned jazz pianist
"I have many adopted musical children and Kelly is one that rises to the top! She has such an empowered flare of diplomacy and elegance musically!"
-Johnny O'Neal, renowned jazz pianist/vocalist
"I've watched her musical growth closely during her studies here at UNF and she is very impressive. She completely understands the jazz language and puts it all together in a uniquely fresh way. Additionally, she writes and composes her own material and lyrics. Her maturity for her years is quite striking, that is to say that she plays with an abundance of feeling. I attended her senior recital and was immediately aware of the fact that I was listening to a potential star. She's a free spirit, an artist and she's going all the way to the top. Without the slightest hesitation I highly endorse her. Kelly is a winner!"
-Bunky Green, Jazz Saxophonist, former Director of Jazz Studies at University of North Florida
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to have Kelly Green as a member of our masters program, and as a member of the WP Jazz Orchestra. She was a consistently great student, but also someone who always played and acted like a true professional. She has a wonderful musical essence, takes care of business at the piano in many styles, and is a passionate singer who commands attention and respect onstage. She's one of those people whose spirit can change an entire musical community - that was true at William Paterson, and I look forward to seeing that extend through what I know will be a great career."
-Dr. David Demsey, Jazz Saxophonist, Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University
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