Julie DiMaggio, 28 October 1947, Oakland, California, USA. Kelly took to music at an early age, listening to pop, classical and contemporary jazz. She began playing guitar and with her twin sister, Kate, played and sang professionally in folk circles while still in school. She also attended jazz workshops conducted by George Duke and Bobby Hutcherson. Determined on a career in music, in 1971 she spent time living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, absorbing local sounds. Upon her return to the USA, she studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City before returning to the west coast. Among musicians with whom she has worked are Nat Adderley, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Gary Foster, Benny Green, John Handy, Holly Hofmann, Joe LaBarbera, Roy McCurdy, Bobby Ojeda, Ross Tompkins, Tom Warrington and Mike Wofford.
Settling in Los Angeles in 1980, Kelly has continued to perform extensively in the USA and overseas but...