SUN. SEPT 4, 3PM | “The Artist, The Band and The Manager” with Kelli Strawbridge (Artist, Jellowston
Kelli Strawbridge is the frontman of the band KINGS. Described as the heart and soul of the Jellowstone Records family, the KINGS manifesto is that music is royal, music is KING. He is all about bringing vintage R & B back to RVA, and back to life.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Jack Kilby has been a music enthusiast throughout his life. Having been exposed to great musicians from a young age, Jack has labored to achieve the highest levels of musicianship for over a decade. He began playing trumpet in fourth grade and drums in fifth, eventually switching to the euphonium in sixth grade. Jack was actively involved in groups inside and outside of school. He played drums in a rock band throughout middle and high school (T.C. Williams H.S.) while also serving as a member of the symphonic band on euphonium, the drum line, and the jazz ensemble and combo on drum set.
In 2007, Jack enrolled at the University of Virginia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology while remaining emphatically dedicated to his evolution as a drummer, participating in both the big band and combos. His time at UVA afforded him the privilege of developing his craft under the tutelage of the great trumpeter John D’earth, drummer/percussionist Robert Jospé, and many others in Charlottesville’s small but reputable music community. As Jack matured and grew into his own sound, he became a familiar face on the Charlottesville music scene leading bands that often featured professors from the music programs at UVA, JMU, and VCU.
In 2013, Jack relocated to Queens, New York where he attended the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and received his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance in spring of 2015. There he studied with many world famous educators including trumpeter/arranger Michael Philip Mossman, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, pianist David Berkman, drummers Donald Edwards and Dennis Mackrel, and producer/songwriter James McElwaine. Jack placed an emphasis on arranging, songwriting, and production while working to achieve a high level of mastery over the drums. In New York, he founded the band ‘Jack Kilby & the Front Line’ which features several horn players performing Jack’s arrangements and other tunes reminiscent of the Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers repertoire. During the past few years, Jack has also found a reignited passion for the trumpet and looks forward to the day he will be able to be the trumpet player in his band (and others).
Jack has performed at Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Festival, C.U.N.Y. Jazz Festival, Zinc Bar, Club Bonafide, Silvana, Shrine (NYC), The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, The Washington Monument, Rock & Roll Hotel (D.C.), The Billy Taylor Jazz Festival (East Carolina University), and The Paramount Theater (Charlottesville) where he opened for Aaron Neville. He has shared the stage with incredible musicians including Antonio Hart, Terence Blanchard, Dave Liebman, The Yellowjackets, Anthony Wilson (Diana Krall), Vaughn Ambrose (Gladys Knight), John D’earth, Charles Owens, Hod O’Brien, Devonne Harris, Butch Taylor (Dave Matthews Band), Gracie Terzian, Annie Chen, and Erin Lunsford, among many others.
A great conversation with Jack Kilby and Kelli Strawbridge moderated by Mosaic Theater's Bob Schlehuber and Ari Roth.
Jack and Kelli connected deeply with the play, be it in relation to studying jazz themselves or managing the relationship between artist and manager. The continued conversation between artist and manager, between art and business, continues to fill the mind of audience members and post-show discussants.