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Vocalist/lyricist Julie Kelly is one of Los Angeles’ finest interpreters of jazz standards and Brazilian music. Jazz critic Leonard Feather once wrote “her interpretations of the Great American Songbook are full of joy and spontaneity.” Her eighth CD, “Happy To Be” (Jazzed Media) continues to display her eclectic and diverse approach to standards, bebop, blues and original material. The CD spent many weeks on the Jazz Charts and was given wonderful reviews in Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times among others. She was just voted into the Top Ten Downbeat 2015 Reader’s Poll for Female Vocalists, alongside Cyrille Aimee and Tierney Sutton. Her compelling lyrics, including those written to tunes by Larry Goldings, ChicoPinheiro and Luciana Souza, showcase her poetic range. She has played and recorded with such luminaries as Nat Adderley, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Anthony Wilson and super star Chris Botti.