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Jim Kelly


Jim Kelly is a leading Australian contemporary jazz and blues guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores.


In 1975 Jim, along with Michael J Kenny and Ian Bloxsom formed Crossfire - Australia’s most celebrated jazz fusion group. Crossfire toured extensively, including performances at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London, The Baked Potato in L.A. and The Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982.  They recorded seven albums, including a live album with U.S. vocalist Michael Franks.  Crossfire also performed on collaborative tours with Lee Ritenour & Don Grusin, Ben Sidran and Randy Brecker.   


From 1975-87 Jim became a highly sought-after session player performing on countless jingles, documentaries, film scores plus pop and jazz artists’ albums.  Jim performed and recorded with Australian artists Renee Geyer, John Farnham, Grace Knight, Margaret Urlich, Mark Holden, Marc Hunter, Jon English and Tommy Emmanuel to name but a few.  

Laneway Music is proud to make Jim Kelly's solo material, and the earlier Crossfire material, available digitally for the first time.




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