Meet The Guitarist

Since his arrival in the fall of 1996 to Atlanta, jazz guitarist Mikey has become one of the most sought after straight-ahead jazz guitarists in the area.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Mike subsequently resided in New York City where he performed at some of Manhattan’s more prestigious jazz venues including: Condon’s, Birdland, The Village Gate, Fat Tuesdays and Showman’s Lounge. He has appeared with Charles Davis, Al Grey, Della Reese, Richie Vitale, Junior Cook, Joe Romano, and Ralph Lalama.

Serving his “road” apprenticeship with legendary organist Bill Doggett, guitarist Kelly continues to appear at numerous jazz festivals in the U.S. as both leader and sideman including the Montreaux-Detroit Festival and the Atlanta Jazz Festival where he has led his quartet regularly since 1997. In 1996, he performed for the John Coltrane Cultural Society in Philadelphia with bassist Larry Ridley. Under the sponsorship of the Blosphorus Cymbal Co. and Filament Records, Kelly appeared with drummer Phillip Smith’s Jazz Consortium during the 1999 NAMM show in Nashville. In addition to performing throughout the Atlanta area and the southeast, Kelly is active in the recording studio appearing on Phillip Smith’s latest release Jazz Consortium (Filament Records), Francine Reed’s Shades of Blue (Platinum Records) and Dennis Caiazza’s Jump, Jive and Wail (Savoy Records).

Quote: $1,000-1,500

Songs list

I Can’t Get Started
I Had The Craziest Dream
Just Friends
It Had to Be You
My Ideal
This Can’t Be Love
Like someone in Love
This Could Be the Start of Something Big
Softly As in A Morning Sunrise
What Is This Thing Called LoveAll the Things You Are
Out of Nowhere
ConfirmationSatin DollAnthropology

Social Call
No More Blues
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
How About You
The Girl from Ipanema
Make Someone Happy
How High the Moon
Moonlight in Vermont
Yardbird Suite
So  What
Time Was
Moonlight Becomes You
I’m Confessin’
Fungi Mama
Sweet and Lovely
I Cover the Waterfront
Alone Together
Love Walked In
I Want More
Love For Sale
Green Dolphin St.
Stella By Starlight
Gone With The Wind
Lullaby of Birdland
Freight Trane
All of Me
The Shadow of Your Smile
Fly Me to the Moon
Blue Moon
East of the Sun
Star Eyes


“Atlanta-based guitarist Mike Kelly holds the distinction of being one of the finest improvisers in town.” – Creative Loafing

Jim Tiernan

Call: (678) 467-8263

Email: jim@blueskyatlanta.com

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