Smokey and smooth are the words used to describe her vocals.
Named among the “Top Ten Jazz Albums” in British Columbia in 2003, “Top Ten Jazz Albums” in Ottawa, Canada in 2006, and named by Cincinnati’s Citybeat Magazine as one of the “Top Local Artists to Produce a CD on A National Level”, Ms. Jaz grew in popularity with her 2002 CD release “Chances”. In February 2009, she was named #1 on the Australian Independent Record Charts with her track “Guess Who I Saw Today” off her “Me Too Live” CD.
A Cincinnati based vocalist and writer; she has performed in various cities across the nation. Many have compared her vocals to Phyllis Hyman and Anita Baker. Ms. Jaz performed background vocals live in concert for Phil Perry, Windham Hill’s hot vocalist at Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center and opened for National Recording Artists Regina Belle, Bobby Blue Bland, Marion Meadows and Pieces of a Dream. In 2004, she performed for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) as the featured artist on a Benefit Cruise.
Her back-up band is Cincinnati’s own “JAMSET”, a group comprised of session and touring musicians who have played for and opened for such acts as Millie Jackson, Roy Ayers, Jean Carne, Ronnie Laws, Pieces of a Dream, Phil Perry, Regina Belle, and most recently Bobby Blue Bland.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Prince featured the “Upper Room with Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault” on his official website http://www.npgmusicclub.com. This is the first radio show to have ever received that honor. “Joe Kelley Radio” has been on the radio airwaves since 1982. Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault co-host the show and are well-respected in the music business as creative air personalities and supporters of independent musicians . Our web site is located at www.joekelleyradio.com .
Originally aired in 2002.