Having been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Stay Human, Grace Kelly just released her 10th CD Trying To Figure It Out, which was voted #2 Jazz Album of The Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. Grace is a truly unique, dynamic and genre-bending saxophonist, singer, songwriter, and composer. She wrote her first song at 7 years old, recorded her first CD at 12, and orchestrated, and performed an original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at 14. As a bandleader Grace has performed over 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall and festivals such as Montreal, Newport, and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Huey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Gerald Albright, to name a few.
Winner of the 64th Annual 2016 Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone”. Grace was also voted #4 Alto saxophonist in 2016 Readers Poll. Grace also has been featured on CNN.com, Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women 2011, Forbes, and many appearances on NPR. Grace has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards, Boston Music Awards, and International Songwriting Awards.
Grace Kelly plays a Yamaha 82Z saxophone.