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Paul Austin Kelly
Singer of the
Great American Songbook

Most singers have never experienced the heights to which Paul has attained, and yet he maintains a level of humility. He stands tall with full auburn hair, completely unaware of his rugged good looks, possessing a soothing tenor voice quality that makes for warm feelings from adoring fans everywhere. His successes prove he doesn’t have to labour hard as a leading man although he has worked tirelessly at developing the skills necessary to sing in acoustic halls like the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall.

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  • Breadth and depth of recorded repertoire American Songbook - Jazz/Arias/Humour
  • Vocal beauty
  • Dramatic passion
  • Ability to sing with elegance and style in many idioms.
  • Vocal Workshops can be added if a venue suits

The Kenny Clayton Trio
Kenny Clayton, piano
Paul Morgan or John Rees Jones, bass
Kevin Campbell, drums
(Paul Austin Kelly on Vocals, Trumpet and Cornet.)

Kenny Clayton
trained as a classical musician and exploited his love of jazz and popular music as pianist and Musical Director to artists such as -
Petula Clark
Johnny Ray
Dick Haymes
Matt Monro 

Paul Morgan went to the Leeds College of Music on a jazz course in 1976.  From 1979 to 1982 he worked with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and became the Principal Bass with the BBC Radio Orchestra. Paul work has worked, and continues to work, with all types of groups and big bands. He grew up accompanying many visiting American and other international artists at Ronnie Scott’s Club, the Concorde Club in Eastleigh, Southampton, and played many clubs and concert halls around the world.  Paul has played bass for musicians such as Zoot Sims, Peggy Lee, and Ronnie Scott.
Due to his phenomenal technique, intonation, and sight reading ability, together with being equally adept whether playing pizzicato or arco on the double bass, many of the illustrious artists Paul has played with are not just in the jazz world.  One of his main influences is Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen, from Denmark, who also shares the same kind of musical attributes as Paul does. Some recommendation, indeed!
Paul is now mainly active playing ‘straight’ orchestral double bass in film and TV studios, as well as jazz gigs at Ronnie Scott’s Club, the various Pizza Express establishments, the Bulls Head, Barnes, and other venues.  Paul also plays with the New Jazz Couriers

JohnReesJones150John Rees-Jones - Double Bass
Classically trained as a cellist, John Rees-Jones toured and recorded with Keith Tippett's Centipede on the completion of his studies. He moved over to the double bass in the late 1970s and has since worked extensively in the theatre, cabaret, studio and jazz fields. John has worked with many American jazz stars including Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Bobby Shew, Herb Ellis, Al Cohn, Barney Kessell, Charlie Byrd, Joe Newman & 'Peanuts' Hucko. Is a regular deputy with the bands of George Melly, Kenny Ball & Acker Bilk. Visiting teacher of jazz double bass and bass guitar at Eton College and has tutored several hundred jazz workshops nationwid

The Song is You

UK / Ireland Tour 2009

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Jazz Festivals, Jazz Clubs, Music Clubs & Theatres

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1. The Song is You
2. Medley: The Folks Who Liveon the Hill
3. Medley: Spring is Here
4. My Attorney, Bernie
5. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
6. Settle Down With You
7. Manhattan
8. All the Things You Are
9. New York State of Mind
10. I Only Have Eyes For You
11. The Memory of You
13. Till There Was You


Full Length Vocal Renditions


If you are interested as a promoter we will gladly send you additional promo materials and CD.

For Booking Enquiries for Paul Austin Kelly for -
Jazz Festivals,
Theatre or Club Events,
Corporate Events and Vocal Workshops
E-mail or Phone 01844 353117

Paul Austin Kelly and
The Kenny Clayton Trio
will be touring the UK during 2009:

Firm Bookings:-
17th April 09 - Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street , Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex BN43 5EG
01273 464440 Doors  7.30pm. Music 8pm. Tickets £12 & £10 conc.  Bar

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Song titles:
The Song is You
The Folks Who Live on the Hill/Fool on the Hill
Spring is Here/Rustles of Spring
My Attorney Bernie (D Frishberg)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
Settle Down with You
(P.A. Kelly)
Manhattan (Rodgers-Hart)
All the Things You Are
New York State of Mind (B. Joel)
I Only Have Eyes For You
The Memory of You
This Nearly Was Mine
Till There Was You
(M. Willson)

Paul Austin Kelly, vocals & trumpet
Kenny Clayton, piano
John Rees Jones, bass
Kevin Campbell, drums
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“Paul Austin Kelly and Kenny Clayton are a duo made in heaven!” — UK Superstar soprano Lesley Garrett

Capturing the magic of the early decades of American popular music, Kelly and Clayton present a programme of timeless lyrical and sophisticated music. They draw primarily on the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, but also breathe new life into such diverse descendants of these icons as Dave Frishberg and Billy Joel.

Their repertoire includes the classics People Will Say We're In Love, Some Enchanted Evening, and I Only Have Eyes for You, songs which were made famous by such legendary American singers as Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday and Mel Torme.

"Kenny and I began working on this repertoire because the songs are so beautifully written they'll take any number of different stylistic interpretations and still stay intact, musically and emotionally. And as a singer, that's great for me, says Paul. My classical training comes in handy because these guys wrote songs for singers who could act, rather than for actors who could sing, as in earlier shows.?

Although raised on pop and jazz standards, Paul Austin Kelly made a career singing opera at La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and other top-level opera venues. He gained international acclaim for his performances of the demanding tenor roles of Rossini and Mozart.

Together, the dynamic performing duo of Kelly & Clayton covers all ends of the musical spectrum, from pop to opera, from jazz standards to classical song.

Vocal Recitals
Ideal for Music Club and Small Venue Performances

Paul Austin Kelly is one of the most dazzling young lyric tenors appearing before the public today, bringing "all the musicality one could wish" to his performances in opera and on the concert stage (Opera International).  This musicality, combined with a beautiful lyric voice, has garnered him continuous popular and critical acclaim.  Of his Count Almaviva, the Daily News declared "His tenor is most attractive, and he showed an especially easy top register and command of fioratura.

Paul Austin Kelly is considered one of today's finest Rossini tenors and has performed with many of the world's most prestigious opera companies including the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Mr. Kelly has also made numerous live appearances on BBC Radio.

Piano Accompaniment by
Carol Borah Kelly
Carol studied privately in Berkeley, California with Belgian pianist Jeanne Stark-Lochmans, winner of the Prix de Virtuosité a l'unanimité avec Grande Distinction.  She went on to work as accompanist and vocal coach in the opera world, winning the Gramma Fisher Prize for Opera in Graz, Austria,  and young Apprentice Coach in the San Francisco Opera Merola Program.  Carol has worked as repetiteur and vocal coach for various opera companies throughout the United States, including The Washington Opera and Glimmerglass Opera, and spent a year as chef de chant at the Opéra de Nice in France.  She headed up the musical side of the Opera Workshop training programme at the prestigious Peabody Conservatory of Music, and is also known for her singing translations of operas, most notably for English National Opera’s production of Khovanshchina, which she translated from the Russian.

Programmes can be adjusted to your tastes including Tributes to the great Tenors Tauber, Wunderlich, McCormack, Bjöerling and Lanza. Including such repertoire as -

Im wunderschönen Monat Mai/You'll Never Know
(R.Schumann) (H.Warren & M.Gordon)
Performed by Paul Austin Kelly (Voice) & Kenny Clayton (Piano)
Arranged by Kenny Clayton
People Will Say We're in Love
(R.Rodger & O. Hammerstein)
Performed by Paul Austin Kelly (Voice and Trumpet) & Kenny Clayton (Piano)
Arranged by Kenny Clayton
All the Things You Are
(J.Kern & O.Hammerstein )
Performed by Paul Austin Kelly (Voice) & Kenny Clayton (Piano)
Arranged by Kenny Clayton
Oh, to Vex Me
(from Britten's The Holy Sonnets of John Donne)
Sung by Paul Austin Kelly
To Daisies
(from Roger Quilter's To Julia song cycle, poetry by Robert Herrick)
Sung by Paul Austin Kelly

Irish Times Review:
Kelly is a bel canto specialist, heard in Dublin last year in Opera Ireland's La Cenerentola. He brought the same unmannered clarity and subtle, intelligent expressiveness to Schumann as he did then to Rossini's prince. There is an appealing tenderness in his voice, from the firm, baritone-like richness of his lower register to his easy, unfussy quality at the top. How well this served Heine's emotional range from quiet reflection to spiteful outburst. For contrast - and then some - the pair closed with show tunes from Richard Rodgers and Meredith Willson. Although these presented a lighter view of love than Schumann's, Kelly's performances were characterised by a winsome zeal. - Michael Dungan
© 2007 The Irish Times

Alternative Duo format is available with Acoustic Guitar accompaniment by the renowned guitarist Richard Durrant  - after 20 years of touring and recording Richard is now acknowledged as one of the outstanding guitarists of his generation.

"The wild master of the guitar. Durrant is a serious and mature player who can really make his guitar sing...His dazzling virtuosity is almost cinematic in scale...watching him performing the Rodrigo was akin to seeing El Cid on the wide screen.”

I Will Give My Love an Apple
A folk song from Dorset arranged by Benjamin Britten
Performed by Paul Austin Kelly (voice) and Richard Durrant (guitar)
Sailor Boy
An Appalachian folk song arranged by Benjamin Britten
Performed by Paul Austin Kelly (voice) and Richard Durrant (guitar)

For Vocal Recital Booking Enquiries
Contact: Email Paul Austin Kelly - Vocal Recital or Phone 01844 353117

Kind of Blue
Paul also plays trumpet and cornet on the side and has done for the last 15 years.  His influences are diverse, from Miles Davis to Herb Alpert.

Paul Austin Kelly performs a program of American standards (as well as a few original songs) with the Kenny Clayton Trio.  It is hard to review because it is really a groundbreaking album, not easily categorized.  It combines the talents of Kelly, a world renowned tenor in the " bel canto" repertoire (who was a rock musician before embarking on his operatic career), with the jazz-oriented Kenny Clayton Trio (with Kenny Clayton having a classical background).  What emerges is an uncommonly well sung jazz album.  Kelly successfully reins in his voice, avoiding the overblown "operatic" sound of others who have attempted similar "crossovers", while bringing uncommon ease and sweetness to the upper range of these numbers, impeccable diction, and a smooth burnished sound to the lower range.  An album for those who like standards really sung, without being over sung.  It's really hard to think of a male comparison – though old-timers might find some similarity to the jazz albums of Eileen Farrell.  Though the CD contains some of the favourite songs of the "standards" repertoire, one of the most successful tracks may well be an original song by Kelly – "Settle Down with You". An obviously very personal song, it successfully toes the thin line between being "old fashioned" and self-consciously hip.  Given a heart-felt performance by Kelly it is one of those songs that I think everyone can identify with, if not in the details, in the overall theme of dealing with life's choices and finding happiness in the choices one has made.
Mike Begley, 


“Paul Austin Kelly and Kenny Clayton are a duo made in heaven!” — UK Superstar soprano Lesley Garrett

"The combination of the superb operatic voice and jazz styling's of Paul Austin Kelly combined with the pianistic expertise and swinging arrangements of Kenny Clayton ensures an excellent musical experience!"  Bill Lyon Shaw, BBC producer

But ask him where his heart is and he’ll tell you, “I’m a Rat Packer at heart”…in other words, all things Sinatra, Davis and Martin.

Paul channels his particular style of each one of these personalities into an act which features him singing the repertoire of Music Theatre, Jazz and even playing trumpet (reminiscent of Sammy Davis Jr.), supported by his personal music director Kenny Clayton, where he resurfaces a genre similar to artists like Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble and Josh Groban with his CD "The Song Is You".

Paul’s acting skills integrate with his interpretations so that he creates a bond with his audience. He has amassed fans in various countries including the United States, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Holland, France and of course his beloved United Kingdom.

Vocal Workshops

Paul is also keen to impart his skills to Students of Vocal Interpretation and can hold Workshop/Master Class projects in Colleges, Theatres, Studios and other suitable venues.  These can be linked up with daytime assemblies at any of the evening Concert Venues.

Education and working with young vocalists is a very important area of Paul's work and he gives individual tuition on vocal technique both in schools and privately, coaches youth groups and organises workshops which he has presented over the years. Music is a Universal Language and has no Boundaries or Borders.  Classes can be structured to specific needs and encompass all music genres.

  • Details: The Paul Austin Kelly Vocal Workshop provides a platform for seasoned professionals and total beginners alike can learn, grow and flourish together in a uniquely inspiring and supportive environment.
    One day workshop lasting 3 hours, would consist of:-
    ·         Interpretation of a Lyric
    ·         Contemporary Vocal Styles
    .         Improvisation
    -         Application of Classical Vocal Techniques

If you are just getting into singing, this is a great place to start. Not only enjoy lots of singing in group, harmony and solo, but also start right away understanding your voice, seeing vocal problems as issues with a clear resolution, and developing technique.  A small-group module, where you get a lot of individual attention. Based around getting you singing solo in a quick and practical way, Paul will help you select a song, and work with you throughout towards a professional performance.
Transitional Singing
If you have some vocal technique and favoured songs, it's time to put it all together in a performance situation. This module focuses on keeping the vocal aspects improving as you perform in front of the class. Basic performance issues are also commented on throughout. Can be in conjunction with private lessons.
Enjoy the pleasure of singing in harmony. Work on a wide range of material to understand harmony styling, use of vocal timbres and finding and remembering parts. Great preparation for joining a vocal ensemble, choir or vocal group.
An introduction to Jazz singing: Mostly practical work on styling, developing a performance in the Jazz idiom, and finding your way into variation and improvisation. Also covering basic Jazz concepts and outline theory.
A quick, practical introduction to get to grips with all that basic stuff that you just have to know. The basic language of music: Notes, scales, keys, chords, counting, tempo, musical structure.
To improve performance skills. In the context of performing your chosen repertoire, many aspects of delivering a convincing performance will be introduced and discussed, from practical consideration like mic technique, lights and monitors, to lyrical analysis and movement.

Vocal Workshops
Workshops function well in conjunction with a Performance. Talk to us about the possibilities.
The Artists know best what they can do and what works, and who the potential participants are.  Workshops will give local people a chance to participate. They will educate, encourage involvement, raise awareness and be fun.  They require good planning, preparation and evaluation.  If the workshop is combined with an event, it will encourage new people to come along to the performance (offer a joint ticket with entry to the main performance).  You are assured of a good audience, timid people may well feel encouraged to come to another post concert workshop the next day. 
It's a brilliant idea and reaches so many people - with excellent professional teacher-performers and a great chance to meet them in person.  We can also attach a short talk to the main event. Get the audience to come a little early to talk to the Musical Director or stay behind to meet the Artists in person.

For the Younger Audience a
Matinee Entertainment Opportunity
Songs (and Stories)
for Kids of all Ages

Walking Oliver - Musical Repertoire!

Ideal for Theatres or Schools with a leaning towards mystifying the younger Audience with Words and Music

Songs (& Stories)

Paul knows that most children's ears are not yet ready for the intensity of the operatic style! Nevertheless, as a highly trained musician, he knows what quality music for kids should be, so he brings his formidable musical talents in both composition and voice to the Walking Oliver Musical Repertoire. Agile on trumpet, guitar and keyboard, with a voice that manoeuvres skilfully and playfully through a wide variety of musical styles, Paul brings the joy of music and the talent of musicianship to every Walking Oliver performance, making the music come alive for children who cant help but sing along!

He envisioned a new kind of children's music that did not condescend by sounding childish or silly but that offered something more lasting that would grow with them and hopefully become part of them, part of their experience and their life.

Secondly, he saw it as his mission to seek out the best of our traditional music and reintroduce it via performances to new generations in a manner that was both modern and accessible but without losing its connection to the world and to the times from which it sprang.

Lastly, he wanted to inspire and support a new regime of musicians and songwriters who were excited and passionate about these ideas and would devote a worthwhile portion of their energies and talents to making them a reality.

This is the core philosophy behind Walking Oliver

As Paul himself has said--

...I'm concerned because I don't see children's music growing anymore--partially I think because we have an industry right now that doesn't see enough profit to be made from investing in recordings of children's music (obviously, I disagree with them!) but also because we have created a rather disposable society in many ways. Nothing is designed or expected to last and anything that is older than 6 months is already boring and obsolete.

Music can offer so much to a person; songs are that magical combination of music and words that can speak so eloquently and yet so powerfully to a child. Songs can be there for them as a source of strength in happy times and hard times throughout their whole lives. Once you know a song all you have to do is reach out your mind and take hold of it and it's yours, it's there for you free of charge. Open up your mouth and sing it and you can make a whole world feel something. That's the power of music. That's been my experience and I know I'm not alone.

It's a great and precious gift we can give to our kids and its an opportunity that often slips away all too quickly. As we grow from childhood to adulthood, the day-to-day cares and worries of life in the fast lane take charge of our lives. If music has been a part of our experience from childhood it never leaves us---it's always there for us when we want it or need it.


The program features operatic arias, storytelling and audience participation. It is accompanied by a teacher guide that includes interdisciplinary and interrelated teaching strategies designed to enhance your student's appreciation and understanding of opera. Students learn the technical and artistic elements of opera which will enable them to enjoy the magic and mystery of its enduring performance for the rest of their lives.

For the last 15 years, thousands of young students in the world have enjoyed an innovative musical program, SO THIS IS OPERA. Lyric soprano and music educator Yvette Lewis has developed this unique, multifaceted program to introduce young audiences to the world of opera. Each component of SO THIS IS OPERA has been carefully crafted to enhance the operatic learning experience of your students.

Musicians and Deputies
The line-ups as listed are correct at the time of Publication and are those given to us by the Artist, and the information is as accurate as we can make it. With the Music business being what it is, inevitable changes happen, and we amend the listings except for those that happen on the night. We have been very fortunate, as the substitutions made by the groups have often been surprise upgrades. Nevertheless, the situation is not one we can control due to the fallibility of the ever sensitive musicians. 
Blessed as they are - they are not invulnerable.


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