Jim Kelly

Tunes by Jim Kelly

Biography

Jim Kelly has firmly established himself as a leading Australian contemporary jazz guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores. In 1975 Jim co-formed Crossfire, Australia's most celebrated jazz fusion group who recorded and toured extensively. They recorded seven albums, including a live album with U.S. vocalist Michael Franks. Since moving to Lismore in 1990 to take up the chair of Head of Guitar Studies at Southern Cross University, Jim has released eight cd's as bandleader. He has now retired from full-time academia and is concentrating on his creative projects such as his guitar duo with upcoming young guitarist MATT SMITH, performing solo nylon-string guitar whenever the opportunity arises, and teaching part-time. Jim is a musician dedicated to the art of improvising, composing, performing and teaching and is always searching for new ways to expand his musical horizons. In Jim's words ... 'I'm the eternal student'.

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