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Kelly Dickson

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Biography of Kelly Dickson

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Kelly Dickson has been described by Jamie Cullum as "A highly individual, mature voice with very subtle power that creeps up on you". Born in Northern Ireland and raised in Leeds in the north of England. Kelly knew from an early age that she would make a career in music and aged 16 was already active on the studio session scene. She then discovered a love for jazz and her Quintet started to perform regularly on the jazz circuit, this led to her relocating to London where she later graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from Middlesex University.

Kelly travelled to New York in 2003 and recorded a debut jazz album ‘Vocal Point’ with Gene Perla, John Riley, Tim Harrison and renowned saxophonist George Garzone. Widely respected pianist Nikki Iles accompanied Kelly on two tracks later recorded in London. In 2005, after being spotted singing by Paul Weller’s drummer Steve White, she was asked to join Steve’s band the ‘Players’, an authentic funk / soul outfit consisting of three of Britain’s most prolific session musicians, Steve White, Damon Minchella and Mick Talbot. Kelly went on to tour with the Players playing many prestigious venues and festivals across Europe such as The Blue Note Milan and Glastonbury. She also collaborated in writing and recording the Players second album "From the Six Corners" (Sanctuary Records). The Players are now renamed ‘Trio Valore’ and Kelly occasionally sings a Players set with them from time to time on their live dates.

In January 2007, Kelly returned back to New York with Norwegian guitarist Werner Kristiansen and recorded a second jazz album; ‘Doodlin’’ again heavily featuring George Garzone and this time was joined by Pete Zimmer and Jeff Pedraz. In October 2006, Kelly and Werner also started working on an originals project and recorded ‘6 Ways’ a nu soul EP featuring Mick Talbot. Kelly and Werner are currently in the process of writing material for an album of original songs and her band has recently been booked to support John Legend at the Dubai Jazz Festival in February 09.
Kelly is a resident singer at London’s premiere Jazz Club Ronnie Scott’s and also performs frequently throughout the UK.

Kelly Dickson Quotes:

"Kelly Dickson is a force 10 hurricane bursting with energy, power and an outstanding voice, once heard never forgotten. Absolutely brilliant!". - Liane Carroll

“Kelly's voice knocked me out the very first time I heard it, she is one of our countries best and most versatile vocalists, she has great technique and tone yet can belt them out with the best of them! Kelly is a great singer and a great musician”. - Steve White

“Dickson is a thoughtful singer with a lustrous tone” - John Fordham, The Guardian
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"I heard three notes and I was hooked." - George Garzone

"Kelly Dickson is sparkling! She is full of life and swing-the very essence of jazz!" - Tina May

"Kelly Dickson has a feel for jazz articulation." - Jack Massarick, Evening Standard, UK

"When you first see Kelly, you'll want to see more of her. Then, when she begins to sing, you'll want to keep hearing as much as you can." - Gene Perla

"Whatever you do, don't miss Kelly... Singers with her talent don't come around very often. She has a great feeling and exuberance for the music, combined with a lovely voice with wonderful intonation" - Harry Allen

"I recently had the great pleasure of seeing and hearing Kelly Dickson perform and was knocked out by her singing ... just as everyone else was in the packed London club. Be sure to check her out; she's a talented and vivacious vocalist!" - Peter Erskine




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