Geordie Kelly - Jazz Guitarist/Composer/Band Leader
Geordie has two recordings under his own name (Triple Play and Nowhere…Now Here). His playing and compositions have garnered recognition and respect from other notable jazz guitarists (Jonathan Kreisberg, Vic Juris, Bruce Saunders, Corey Christiansen, Jimmy Bruno, Steve Abshire, and Bob Roetker) and jazz critics alike (Scott Yanow).
His teaching and academic résumé includes having taught guitar, jazz improvisation, jazz combo performance techniques, and jazz ensemble performance techniques at the Armed Forces School of Music. Selected as a guest clinician, he presented portions of his research on the performance techniques of Joe Pass at the 1997 IAJE Conference in Chicago, Ill. Later that same year, he published a transcription of In a Mellow Tone from Joe Pass' Portraits of Ellington album in Down Beat.
Geordie studied guitar with Jimmy Bruno, and holds music degrees from East Carolina University and the University of Kentucky.
He has performed extensively in North America, Europe, Asia, and in parts of Africa; 56 countries and counting. His recordings have met with tremendous success all over the world including Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, South Korea, and Israel.
Recognized internationally as a first-class jazz guitarist and composer, he earned the prestigious honor of becoming a Heritage Guitars Artist in 2001.