Kelly Powers is a pianist, composer and improviser based in New York City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jackie McLean's Institute for Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. She also received her Master's degree in Jazz Performance from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. She has released two original albums including the Kelly Powers Trio (feat. Grammynominated drummer Kendrick Scott) and the Kelly Powers Project (co-produced by Harold Mabern). All songs composed and arranged by Kelly. She has many years experience playing with big bands and small jazz groups. Highlighted performances include: tours with the Artie Shaw Orchestra and Cab Calloway Orchestra, Bjorkestra at the Regattabar and Kelly Powers Quartet feat. Jeremy Pelt at Smoke Jazz Club (NYC). She has also performed with all-female bands (feat. Sharel Cassity and Linda Oh) at Women in Jazz Festivals at the Zinc Bar. Kelly has taught private piano lessons for thirteen years and has worked with students of all ages and levels. She taught jazz piano at Swarthmore College to undergraduate students. Last year, Kelly served as Head of Keyboard Department at the True School of Music in Mumbai. She taught classes in Fundamentals, Sight Reading, Funk/R&B and Ear Training. She
encouraged the students to improvise and created the first ever jam session at the school. Also, while abroad, she performed at the Mahindra Blues Festival (3000 people), opening for the Grammy Award winner Derek Trucks. She is currently still performing and teaching in the New York City and Boston areas.