George Kelly (musician)
Life and work
Kelly began nine years playing the piano before he first alto and eventually switched to tenor saxophone. He played in local bands in Florida; Panama Francis played in his band The Cavaliers; In 1938 he played with Zack Whyte. After moving to New York, he played with Al Cooper's Savoy Sultans 1941-1944, in the 1970s, again in the revived Savoy Sultans of Panama Francis. In addition, Kelly had his own bands like Jazz Sultans and worked among others with Lucille Dixon (1948-1950), Doc Cheatham, Tiny Grimes, Gene Krupa, Rex Stewart and 1965 with Cozy Cole. In 1970 he went with Jay McShann and Tiny Grimes on a European tour and was from 1970 to 1976 a member of the backing band of the Ink Spots. In 1976 he toured with Ram Ramirez in Europe; In addition to the Savoy Sultans, he was also a member of the Harlem Jazz & Blues Band at this time. In 1982, he played in Lionel Hampton's big band with Axel Zwingenberger.
Under his own name Kelly took for the Dharma label (1976 ), Black & Blue ( 1979), Barron (1982 ), Vanacore (1982 ), Sam Hot (1984) and on Stash On his 1984 album Music of Don Redman incurred he played u a. Wyands with Richard, Bucky Pizzarelli, George Duvivier and Butch Miles. He was ( with Mayme Watts and Sidney Wyche ) co- composer of the song Do not Be on the Outside, which was interpreted, inter alia, by Sarah Vaughan / Clifford Brown and Shirley Horn. Kelly was a musician in the Coleman Hawkins tradition.
Disco Graphical Notes
- Stealing Apples ( Dharma Records)
- Sarah Vaughan: In the Land of Hi- Fi ( 1955)
- Rex Stewart - Rendezvous With Rex ( Felsted Records, 1958)