Geordie Kelly - Jazz Guitarist/Composer/Band Leader

 

Chicago guitarist, Geordie Kelly, was described as "a first-class, gifted guitarist and composer" by the late Vic Juris. He is a former student of Jimmy Bruno, and has been privileged to share the stage with artists such as Larry Coryell, The Buddy Rich Big Band, The Alan Gresik Swing Orchestra,  Paul Asaro and his Rhythm, Ed Calle, Bobby Shew, Phil DeGreg, Maureen McGovern, Frank Mantooth, Bob Bowman, Ritchie Cole, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and The Turtle Island String Quartet. He was also a founding member and performer with the jazz combo "Skipjack Trio" in The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, and in parts of Africa; 56 countries and counting. 


His playing and compositions have garnered recognition and respect from other notable jazz guitarists (Jonathan Kreisberg, Vic Juris, Bruce Saunders, Corey Christiansen, Jimmy Bruno, and Steve Abshire) and jazz critics alike (Scott Yanow).

Recognized internationally as a first-class jazz guitarist and composer, he became a Heritage Guitars Artist in 2001.