Nighttown's Home for the Holidays
Dynamic Vocalist and Actor of Karamu House Reggie Kelly hits the stage for Special Holiday Show at Nighttown!
Featuring: Reggie Kelly-vocals, Joe Hunter-piano, Kip Reed-bass, & Bill Ransom-drums.
Mr. Kelly, an alumnus of Cleveland’s renowned Karamu House Theater, performs a musical blend of contemporary and classical jazz. He can take a song and mesmerize you.
Mr. Kelly’s accomplishments include success as a national award-winning singer, actor, director, choreographer and playwright with over 30 years of experience.
His authentic arrangements and interpretations of various artists include Kem, Al Jarreau, Frankie Beverly and the soft baritone voice of Nat King Cole. His silky soulful voice has pleased many audiences over the years.
Mr. Kelly has received critical acclaim performing leading roles throughout the tapestry of African-American musical theater classics. Some highlights include: The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, The Mahalia Jackson Story, and Tambourines to Glory.
He toured Europe in The Black Gospel, starred in the touring company of Heaven’s Child-The Emmett Till Story, co-starring Grammy-award winner Regina Belle, and Charnelle Brown of the television series A Different World.
A crooner, devoted to Jazz and Neo-Soul, Reggie Kelly has delighted audiences at the most respected and high profile musical venues in this country and abroad including Club Isabella; The Boarding House; The Ritz Carlton; Miss Ruby's-Shanghai China; The Bop Stop; XO's; The House Of Blues; Jazz 28; The Pine Grill JazzFest-Buffalo, NY; Phoenix Collaboration Jam-Phoenix AZ; The Sarasota Jazz Society-Sarasota FL; and he was also the opening act for Najee at the Nautica Stage-Cleveland OH.
Currently Reggie Kelly is a soloist member with the renowned N.Y. Harlem Singers, annually touring China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and South Africa.
Nighttown favorite Joe Hunter has released two popular CD's in recent years. Hunter is the pianist of choice in the Northeast Ohio area. He can be heard frequently in the Fat Tuesday Big Band, Swing City, and backing big name artists. He has backed many, including the legendary Tito Puente, and saxophonist David Sanborn, At Nighttown Hunter has backed some several top guns including clarenetist Ken Peplowski, and saxophonists David "Fathead" Newman, and Scott Hamilton. Joe Hunter is also on the faculty at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), one of the top jazz programs in the country.