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Grace Kelly Jazz Fest 2018

The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce the artists for the 2018 Mayor’s Jazz Fest, which will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 27th, at the Plaza de Las Cruces. This is a free family event.

This year’s Mayor’s Jazz Fest will feature performances by Las Cruces’ own Oñate High School Jazz Workshop, El Paso’s Side Effects Organ Trio, and Grace Kelly, award winning saxophonist, singer, and composer from Boston, MA headlining the show.

“Grace Kelly has an electric charisma on-stage that instantly ignites the room,” says, band leader Jon Batiste. Grace Kelly plays with the heart and passion of an old soul yet with the genre-bending zest and energy of a 25-year old. Ms. Kelly has been a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and her 10th CD Trying to Figure it Out, was voted #2 Jazz Album of the Year in 2016 Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll. A new live-in-the-studio CD is in the works. Kelly wrote her first song at seven years old, recorded her first CD at twelve, orchestrated and performed her original composition with the Boston Pops Orchestra at fourteen, and performed at President Obama’s Inauguration at age sixteen. She has performed more than 700 concerts in over 30 countries in notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Hall and festivals in Montreal, Newport and Montreux. Grace has performed and/or recorded with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Martin Short, Maya Rudolph, Emma Stone, Lin Manuel, Questlove, Esperanza Spalding, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Ron Carter, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Huey Lewis and Gloria Estefan to name a few.

In recent years, she has been featured on Amazon’s Emmy-nominated TV show “Bosch, Glamour Magazine, Forbes, Billboard, Vanity Fair, Huffington Post, and in many appearances on NPR, including “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. As a songwriter, she has won multiple ASCAP Composer Awards and International Songwriting Awards.

The Mayor’s Jazz Fest is the kickoff event for the Parks & Recreation Department’s Music in the Park Series, featuring performances by local, regional, and national acts each Sunday from June 3rd through August 25th. Artists and locations will be announced soon.