Kelly Shepherd & NoMad Stories
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Kelly Shepherd & NoMad Stories

Boston, MA | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Boston, MA
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Concert Review Kelly Shepherd & NoMad Stories 2008"

Over the past three decades, bassist, Paul Brown's free Monday night jazz concerts in Hartford, CT has exposed us to the standard bearers.Think Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Jackie McLean etal and the new voices, that are grandly holding their own and hinting at things to come. Saxophonist, Kelly Shepherd's quintet falls into that category. Joining,his cohorts, drummer, Andre Jimenez, pianist Willie Jones, Victor Cruz percussion was the irrepressible pulse of the veteran bassist, Cecil McBee. Shepherd's group, played a fiery set of originals balanced out by thoughtful treatments of familiar standards. What stood out was the musical freedom displayed by the saxophonist, echoing some of the pioneering concepts of the sixties and seventies anchored and augmented by his fellow bandmembers. At the core of this was the soulful, resonant touch of bassist McBee. A very imaginative ensemble, it was quite fulfilling their presentation.

Maurice D. Robertson, Hartford Jazz Society, Jazz Announcer University of Hartford Radio, West Hartford, CT

Continued Successes! Maurice - Maurice D. Robertson, Hartford Jazz Society, Jazz Announcer University of Hartford Radio, West Hartford, CT

"Living the Life - Sax Man Kelly Shepherd Finds The Beauty of Simplicity"

"It's no wonder that Shepherd's debut disc, THE BEAUTY OF SIMPLICITY (Somerset Records), is dedicated to his mother's memory. Full of imagination, intensity, pathos, and joy--with a bit of trickerism and cross-cultural collision in the
mix-- it exudes a joie de vivre that's rare in jazz these days."

"Like the old-school saxophonists he admires, Shepherd expresses a great deal of emotion with his horn. From the tumultuous "Freedom Call" and the soulful "Talib's Quest" to the hopeful "Prayer for Africa" and the soultry "L.I. Blues", he plays with real feeling. "I really appreciate the vulnerability in the sound," he says of the disc. "It's not perfect, but I want people to hear that there was a baby's cry underneath all of it, a strong cry that wasn't hampered by perfection. I wanted people to hear the rawness and get a real glimpse of who I am." " - John Lewis - Baltimore City Paper


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The Beauty of Simplicity

Kelly's first album featuring original compositions "The Beauty of Simplicity" and "Talib's Quest" with fresh renditions of standards like "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" and "Stardust". 

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Dreamworld is a collaborative CD with excellent musicians. The album features special guest Curtis Fuller with musicians Richard Wyands, Leroy Williams, Virgil Jones, Charles Davis, Paul Brown, Eric Kennedy and introduces rapper/ musician Pauli Fuller... There are some choice vocal  selections in "A Circle Is A Never Ending Line Of Love", and "Skylark" along with fresh instrumentals like  "A Monk's Gone Thelonious", Joyce Kilmer's "Trees", and "Pharoah's Kingdom".

NoMad Stories "Live" DVD

Coming soon, this DVD is a live show of NoMad Stories performing at Twins Jazz in Washington DC. It features original NoMad Stories music like "My Sister's Lovely Smile", the soundscaping "Soledad Knights Waiting", and renditions of classics like "Naima" and "Gregory is Here"! The music is unbridled energy!

NoMad Stories "Live" CD

Coming soon, this is a CD of  NoMad Stories performing live. It features original NoMad Stories music like " My Sister's Lovely Smile", " Cowboy Sunrise", " Fiji Water", " Talib's Quest", " Feeling Dad's Love" and more! 



In the spirit of artists like Pharoah Sanders, Rassahn Roland Kirk, Sidney Bechet, Charles Lloyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Joni Mitchell, Nomad Stories is the true essence of the American and human experience. NoMad Stories provides an electrical, on the edge of your seat, emotionally moving experience for their audience. You are bound to travel the earth hearing the rhythms and sounds of jaz​z, calypso, gospel, funk, American pop and folk music, South America, the avant garde and Asian music. "Our music has the blues in it and it's the natural culmination of all our experiences... you truly hear the stories of the earth and universal human condition in our music.. the blues is the same feeling all over the world. I think you can hear the blues in Mozart, Trane or Dylan.. to us, it's the natural music of now .. we aren't a retro group.. The music sounds very natural and cohesive. It moves from vulnerable and delicate to passionate and powerful.. Our emphasis and goal lies in rhythms and the manipulation of tone and resonance." Music which touches and reflects the ancient, aboriginal stories of the earth and simultaneously reaches the outermost expanse of the modern spheres, acoustic and electric.

These are the NoMad Stories.

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