"Further, each member of the group presented a uniquely virtuosic voice, both audibly and aesthetically. Kelly’s commandment of the space through saxophone flourishes and solo statements so readily changed the dynamic, coercing the group into moments of calm before ascending into a thunderous cacophony"
-Melbourne. Arts. Fashion.
Josh Kelly is a Melbourne-based saxophonist with a diverse musical practice rooted in jazz and improvised music. In the past few years he has established himself as one of the most exciting young saxophonists in Melbourne and an integral part of the local jazz and creative music scene. He grew up surrounded by township music in the streets of Johannesburg, alongside the modal chants of Rabbis in his childhood synagogue; planting the seeds for a creative musical life ahead.
He is currently active as a bandleader, composer, and collaborator with a variety of groups including The Josh Kelly Trio, JK Group, Bloom, 30/70, Allysha Joy, Analogue Attic, and March to Izbica.
Josh always stays true to his musical identity. He sees outside collaborations as an opportunity to contribute to a discussion between jazz and contemporary music, progress the dialogue of the music, and explore what it means to be a jazz musician in Australia today.
He is currently working on recording his own music to release in 2019.
Josh is a graduate from both Monash University and Melbourne University faculty of the VCA receiving First Class Honours in 2015. He participated in the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive in 2014 and 2017 and he has performed throughout Australia and internationally, presenting his Honours Thesis at the British Forum of Ethnomusicology in 2017. He was a recipient of the Lebowskis Development Residency for ‘March to Izbica’ and travelled throughout UK and Europe to perform with 30/70 in 2018. The band received nominations for The Age Music Victoria awards for the release of Elevate. He is also a co-founder of the creative space, Think Thornbury alongside his artist partner Maggie May (of Middle Aisle).