Guitarist, composer, and recording artist Geordie Kelly began playing guitar at age 12, and by age 15 he was playing in local rock bands. He was exposed to great music early in life because he grew up in a musically rich household hearing all the great soul and R&B artists such as Ray Charles in his father's record collection and everything from Bach to Dylan in his mother's record collection. He is a graduate of both East Carolina University (BM) and the University of Kentucky (MA) music programs where he pursued guitar and jazz studies to the fullest. His studies at UK culminated in a five-chapter thesis entitled Joe Pass: Elements in the Construction of Selected Guitar Solos. He also studied with Jimmy Bruno over a two-year period between 2002 and 2004. Geordie has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Bobby Shew, Ritchie Cole, Bob Bowman, Frank Mantooth, Von Freeman, Ed Calle, Maureen McGovern, Grady Tate, Ray Codrington, Miles Osland, Phil DeGreg, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. He was the guitarist and featured soloist on the acclaimed debut recording by the East Carolina University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Directions 1 (1993) and the recording by the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble entitled Kentucky Kaleidoscope (1996). His latest offering as a leader is a new jazz guitar trio recording entitled Triple Play (2005). He has published a guitar transcription in DownBeat, and was featured as an up and coming student player in 1996. Geordie has also published and presented jazz guitar research as a clinician at the annual IAJE conference (1997- Chicago). He currently teaches guitar and jazz improvisation at the Navy School of Music in Virginia Beach, and performs extensively in the region.
"Geordie, your CD sounds great!!!"
-Jimmy Bruno - Jazz Guitarist, Author, and Mel Bay recording artist
"I'm digging on your CD. Rachel's Bossa is a real sweet tune. A good lady can inspire some great music....
Nice pure tone, I'll have to check out a Heritage sometime. Great tempo for Doxy---SCHWINGIN'!
In the Grip has got some really nice harmonic stuff. Great relaxed vibe. Man thanks alot for sending it, I'm going to go listen to the rest. I look forward to hanging at some point..."
-Jonathan Kreisberg (My Hero!) - NYC Jazz Guitarist and Mel Bay recording artist (Mar 31, 2006)
"Great writing, a beautiful guitar sound, a great
time-feel and a great band. This is an incredible CD!"
-Bruce Saunders (NYC jazz guitarist)
"You're a really beautiful
player and I especially like your time feel and your
writing. You sound really great on your CD and I know people are going to be talking about it."
-Bruce Saunders NYC jazz guitarist and Mel Bay recording artist
"Geordie is a gifted guitarist and composer, first class all the way!"
-Vic Juris - Jazz Guitarist, Mel Bay recording artist
"Thanks so much for the music!! The solo guitar stuff is really swinging as well as the rest."
-Vic Juris - Jazz Guitarist, Mel Bay recording artist - more comments about Triple Play
"Geordie has a put together a great CD. With influences from all the greats, nice tone and feel, this CD will find a welcome home in any jazz enthusiasts collection."
-Corey Christiansen - Jazz Guitarist and Mel Bay recording artist
"I enjoyed your CD [Triple Play]. You show a knowledge of improvisational skills & a willingness to take chances, which I like. Good luck with your CD."
-Royce Campbell - jazz guitarist
"I enjoyed listening to your clips...your sound and attack remind me a lot of Tal [Farlow]."
-Doug Wamble - Jazz Guitarist
"Geordie, the CD sounds wonderful - great tone from that Heritage. I would say you certainly captured the flavor of Joe Pass on your composition 'One For Joe'. Nice job!"
Best regards, Bob (Cincinnati based jazz guitarist)
-Bob Roetker after listening to Triple Play
"Hey Geordie, your web site looks great and the clips sound excellent!"
- Bob Roetker - Cincinnati based Jazz Guitarist
"Congratulations on your project. It's a nice package and sonically sounds very full. I think you captured how well you all are in tune with each other. The fact that you had a ball playing together really comes through, your connectiveness is apparent through solos and how you 3 listen to one another."
-Steve Abshire - Former US Navy guitarist and current DC area mainstay and recording artist (Aug 29, 2005)