STYLE: jazz, pop, folk, Latin. Kelsey Jillette brings a cool swing and a playful, enchanting vibe to jazz standards, Latin tunes and funky 70's pop. Her music spans genres and is consistently elegant, charming and fun. She leads combos that play classic jazz, Latin and 70's pop, and fronts a 10-piece big band as well.
The Americas Project, North and South American folk music that's groovesome and melodious. Melding cajon and wonderful assorted percussion, upright bass, nylon-string guitar and vocals, Jillette's Latin-based combo The Americas Project plays music from both continents in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
The Lovesome, a classy 1950's Jazz and Bossanova trio or quartet. Kelsey's straight ahead jazz combo The Lovesome brings cool jazz from NYC - upscale, compact, always tasteful. Their substantial jazz standards repertoire includes time-tested favorites and lesser-known gems. We sometimes scale down to duo and other times add horns to make a sextet.
The Big Bang Big Band, a 10-piece classic big band whose swing lights up the dance floor. We play big band swing - think Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie- with sensitive dynamics that can fit just about any room. We also go by the name Tom Abbott Orchestra.
The Kelsey Jillette Group, jazz-infused folk-pop and funk band . This organ group brings a loungy, funky vibe and plays a mix of standards and groovy, soulful 70's and 80's pop.
Born in Washington, D.C., Kelsey Jillette holds degrees in Theater Arts (Brown University) and Jazz Performance (New School University). Based in NYC, she leads The Kelsey Jillette Group, an organ quintet, and fronts the 10-piece Big Bang Big Band, a creative, classic dance band under the direction of Tom Abbott. Her most recent record, The Water is Wide released on Consolidated Artists Productions in January, 2009 (CAP 1016).