Will Boyd  Project  featuring Kelle Jolly

Will Boyd Project featuring Kelle Jolly


Energizing sax and vocal combo, putting a soulful spin on jazz standards while continuing the R&B tradition with Southern flair. Audiences find their musical ideas easy to love!


"Once it's over, all we have are memories." And it's her memories that motivate Kelle to keep making more music. Though her parents were not working musicians, her mother sang songs and her Dad even joined in with his mouth harp. They modeled a love of music and taught Kelle that music has a purpose in our lives. Kelle Jolly studied Voice as a Music Education major at South Carolina State University. Unlike most voice majors, she joined the marching, jazz and symphonic band. Her talent and consciousnesses lead her to be inducted in the South Carolina State Jazz Hall of Fame. "The Hall of Fame pictures hung on the walls of the 101 band hall. Every senior that had been inducted was on the wall, as well as, all the famous musicians like Dizzy Gillespie who held honorary memberships for their participation in the annual Jazz Week observance." She spent time performing locally in Chattanooga after graduating and served as lead singer for the Malemen Showband for about 2 1/2 years, a cover band that has been together for over 30years. Upon moving to Knoxville, Kelle collaborated with Will Boyd for jazz performances at the Beck Cultural Center and 4620 Jazz Restaurant. In 2006, they both represented the city of Knoxville at its sister city jazz festival in Muroran, Japan (www.jazzcruise.net) The duo just completed a second trip where they debuted their album entitled," Dreams of Muroran", an album consisting of songs dedicated to their friends in Muroran to thank them for organizing the couple's wedding there at the Hakucho Bridge on August 21st, 2008. This musical duo looks for to more recording, performing internationally and and growing together musically.

Saxophonist, Composer, Actor and Educator - Will Boyd has spent most of his life performing for many audiences with a variety of groups. He is known for playing in many genre's including jazz, gospel, rock, blues, latin, neo-soul, r & b and afro beat/ reggae. A native of Orangeburg, SC, Will graduated from South State University with a degree in music business. In 1997, he was inducted into the SC State Jazz Hall of Fame. Will Boyd serves as an artist in residence for the State of South Carolina and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha professional music fraternity. Will has performed with many artists from various genres including Glen Jones, William Bell, Fred Wesley, Donald Brown, Jerry Coker, James Moody, John Blackwell, Jeff Coffin, Ira Sullivan, Gary Foster, Suzie Kuroiwa, Debra Brown, Crystal Collins, The Four Tops, Maceo Parker, Platters, Sherrels, Coasters, Drifters, Wycliffe Gordon, Zim Ngqwana, Phil Driscol and many others. He has performed with many college, community jazz groups as well as well known professional groups such as South Carolina State Jazz Ensemble, UT Big Band, Cleveland Jazz Machine, Clafin Univ. Jazz Orchestra, Streamliners Big Band, Knoxville Jazz Orchestra, the Lee Univ. Jazz Faculty Ensemble, and the Harry James Orchestra. Will has performed in many different countries and all over the US. In November of 2007, Will performed at the Gemenites Steel Drum anniversary with Shades of Gospel in Antigua. In August 2006, Will, along vocalist Kelle Jolly, was featured at the Muroran Jazz Cruise (see pics) in Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan as well as performed at the Day by Day Jazz club in Sopporo, Japan. Then in August of 2008, Will and Kelle returned to Muroran perform at the festival and have their wedding. Past festival performances include 3 Rivers, 4 Bridges, River Bend, Secret City, Rossini, Dogwood Arts, Kuumba, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and Culture Fest. Will currently lives in Knoxville TN, where he keeps a busy schedule playing at clubs, private parties, festivals and teaching. He has recently appeared on the live album of Overcoming Faith Christian Center " The Vision". He received honorable mention in the forward of acclaimed jazz educator Jerry Coker's book " Keys Unlocked". He is also in several ensembles including Shades of Gospel featuring Dr. Marvelene Moore, The Will Boyd Project, Afro-Beat group Ogya (og-cha) (fire) lead by Kofi Mawuko of Ghana, funk jazz group Groove Therapy and fusion jazz group Dawn of Destiny. He is also a member of the music staff at Caanan Baptist Church of Christ with pastor Harold A. Middlebrooke. Will can also be seen making his acting debut on Oxygen Network's crime reenactment shows Captured, and Snapped.

Patti Austin, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder,
Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Grover Washington Jr, Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers and Sara Vaughn



Dreams of Muroran 2008


Set List

1-4, 45 minute sets