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Grace Kelly: Familiar Name, New Star

Grace Kelly performs with the Boston Pops, June 1, 2007. (Rich Moffitt/Flickr)

Grace Kelly performs with the Boston Pops, June 1, 2007. (Rich Moffitt/Flickr)

Grace Kelly is a famous name indeed, but this time we’re not talking about the former Princess of Monaco.

This Grace Kelly is one we can call our own, born and raised right here in Massachusetts. The 18-year-old saxophonist has already played with jazz legends like Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. The Boston Music Awards named her “Jazz Artist of the Year” in both 2008 and 2010 and for two years in a row, she’s been named “Alto Saxophonist Rising Star” by the Downbeat Magazine critics poll.

Kelly produced her first CD at age 12 and is now getting ready to release her sixth, a collaboration with Phil Woods called “Man With The Hat.”

We’ll speak with Kelly about her short yet stunningly successful jazz career.

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