“I’ve studied jazz, and I’ll never take that away from who I am. There are all these different genres that are a strong part of who I am, and we’re trying to figure out a way to combine them.”
Kelly is playing several holiday shows around Boston, in addition to appearing in Marblehead with her quintet.
“It’s going to be doing a mixture of my original songs and some covers of standard songs arranged in a new way,” she said. “It’s a very eclectic show. We take the audience on a journey, and it’s dynamic, it’s very exciting.”
Ira Dinnes, a past president of the Temple who is organizing the event, has seen Kelly perform and expects her to sing as well as play sax.
“She brings a lot of energy,” Dinnes said. “I like how she interacts with her musicians. You feel like you’re watching a group that meshes together well.”
The price of admission will include hors d’oeuvres served buffet style, cocktails and dessert, and Kelly will play two sets.
“There will be a lot of food,” Dinnes said. “There will be about an hour and a half of socializing and party appetizers and cocktails, and she’s going to play a set for 45 minutes. Then we’ll break for dessert for 20 minutes, and then there will be another set.”
If you go ... What: Grace Kelly Quintet at Temple Sinai 60th Anniversary Celebration When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Where: Temple Sinai, 1 Community Road, Marblehead Tickets & info: $90, includes drinks, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Parties of 10 can reserve tables in advance. For tickets and information, contact Susan or Josh at 781-631-2763, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.