Kathy Kelly has been a regular on the Chicago Jazz scene for some years, especially in groups dedicated to original jazz. Her vibes playing and compositions have graced many different groups.
Kelly currently performs with the group Tudo de Bom. She writes original music for the ensemble, which features Kelly’s vibes, along with Juli Wood on saxophone, Jeff Beer on trumpet, Dan DeLorenzo on bass, and Andre Beasley on drums.
She is the founder and artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective, which has sponsored monthly concerts at the Green Mill jazz club in Chicago since 2001.
A Different Vibe is Kelly's debut CD featuring twelve original jazz compositions. Featured along with Kelly on the CD are guitarist John McLean, bassist Dan DeLorenzo, and drummer Jim Widlowski.
A review in Cadence magazine says of Kelly, "She stretches out with a fluid improvisational style that combines coolness with intricate details." Jazzreview.com praises the CD, saying, "This is a spunky, lively, feel-good collection of original songs... A Different Vibe is a winner, excellent."
Kelly can be heard performing with Tudo de Bom, Jim Cooper 's Mallet Madness and on Steve Hashimoto’s Mothra album Tradewind (Chicago Sessions label).