Kelly has performed at notable clubs and venues such as Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Apollo Theater, Minton’s, Smalls Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Jazz Standard, The Django, Zinc Bar, Fat Cat, B.B. Kings, 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, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Heath, Steve Nelson, Nat Reeves, Steve Williams, Bill Goodwin, Rich Perry, Winard Harper, Philip Harper, Steve Wilson, 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 four years. In Jacksonville, she taught at the University of North Florida Jazz Workshops for four years. She is currently a Teaching Artist for Jazz House Kids.
Although Kelly just moved to New York City about three years ago, she performs and hosts weekly jam sessions at Cleopatra’s Needle with her trio every Sunday and performs with her trio and sextet at some of the greatest jazz venues the city has to offer.
In December 2016 she recorded her debut jazz album “Life Rearranged” including wonderful musicians Christian McBride, Steve Nelson, Josh Evans, Kush Abadey, Jovan Alexandre, Matt Dwonszyk, Noam Israeli, Tamir Shmerling, and Mike Troy. It is completed and is available on all platforms and can be purchased here!
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”.
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”.