Take a few minutes this week to relax with some jazz in this week’s “Learning at the Lyceum.” Kelle Jolly and The Willie Boyd Project will perform some cool renditions of hot classics. The concert begins at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday and will be videostreamed to all other campuses: Sevier County Campus, MMH-210; Greeneville/Greene County Campus, room 209; and Claiborne County Campus, 080.
Jolly is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter and music educator. Her style is often compared with Sarah Vaughan or Oleta Adams. She’s been known to work a little comedy into her musical shows. You may also recognize the name from regional musical theatre. Jolly and her voice recently graced the stage in productions of “Hairspray” and “Dreamgirls.”
In 2011, Jolly won the coveted Mountain Soul Vocal Contest in Sevierville. Entrants come from across the south for this competition. Competitors sing any song written by Sevierville’s favorite daughter, Dolly Parton. Finalists are chosen based on a tape. Jolly won with a bluesy version “Baby I’m Burning.”
Most of her time is devoted to her husband, Boyd, a professional saxophonist and leader of the band. Both husband and wife have been inducted into the South Carolina State University Jazz Hall of Fame. They toured for many years with the SCSU jazz ensemble and played Charleston often before making their home in Knoxville.
This event is a Global Connections Yellow Ticket Event. Check with your instructor…you might get extra credit for attending. The performance is also open to the public and admission is free.