Kelly Bray, Lucy Little, Anna Abondolo

Date(s) - Sat. Mar. 25, 2023
8:00 pm



Kelly Bray, trumpet, the leader

Anna Abondolo, bass

Lucy Little, violin

Another adventurous journey into improvisation with a young Boston woman Kelly Bray, yet no novice, with the creative edge that pushes the envelope of Jazz, and actually more clearly, merges seamlessly, the Free with New Music.  Look at the trio: a string duo + Kelly’s ( ) horn.

Another Somerville Arts at the Armory debut:  Kelly Bray, and again no novice in our scene!  Kelly is beyond an up-and-coming creative trumpeter from Boston, she’s a new young leader in improvised music and Free-Jazz and called by many others to be a part of their explorations.

And the lineup is a who’s who of young women, experimentalists, enthusiasts, ready to impact the music you and I seek, meant for everyone to absorb and understand creativity better.

Where: The Café at the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA

When: Saturday 3/25/23, 8:00PM

Cost: Just $10, Cash/Venmo, thanks to the grant:

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Contact: Alex @ Creative Music Series,, 617/800-7255

You’ll also like the setting, the intimate Café at the Arts at the Armory.

Kelly Bray, a multi-genre musician utilizes the trumpet in a cerebral, melodic manner to layers of sonic experimentation, yet 100% welcome in progressive Jazz. Her studies of different techniques has led to a unique personal style and knowledge of many methodologies. She has a masters from the New England Conservatory and has also studied with classical musicians.

Audio sample of trumpeter Kelly Bray performing solo:

Ms. Bray in a Quartet at the Lilypad with trumpeter

Forbes Graham

Kelly also holds a duel Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She has had the opportunity to study classical trumpet with Steve Emery, jazz trumpet with John McNeil, and improvisation with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. She has an eclectic background, having performed in prestigious orchestras and jazz ensembles, while also taking particular interest in contemporary, electronic, and experimental genres.

In addition to numerous professional performances with wedding bands, pit orchestras, and jazz combos, Kelly has also recorded and performed as a member of the DIY band Nervous., whose debut album released in 2019 amassed over 80,000 streams on Spotify.


Anna Abondolo is a bassist and composer from Los Angeles, California. She is currently based in Brooklyn developing an interdisciplinary collective entitled, “Rainbow Princess”. At New England Conservatory, Anna has studied under the instruction of Donald Palma, Frank Carlberg, and John Clayton. Also Anthony Coleman, Jason Moran, and John Mallia.

Anna knew when she arrived at NEC that she had found a community that would embrace her artistic curiosity. The classically trained jazz bass player and daughter of two classical musicians, Anna studied cello and piano until she discovered her passion for playing improvised music just before enrolling in a small arts high school in her home city of Los Angeles after “noodling with an electric bass my dad had laying around.”

“She’s A Young LA Jazz Musician Who’s Going Places” LAist, 2018

Marc Ribot Trio w/ Anna Abondolo + Chad Taylor

Lucy Little has an eclectic background in the arts and music, multimedia

storytelling production and communications, and public and social service. From NYC originally and with roots in Chicago, Boston, and Amsterdam, Lucy is a classically-trained violinist and multi-instrumental composer, and contemporary performer/improvisor; a creator, editor, and producer of podcasts and longform creative video and audio; a visual designer; a teaching artist; and a Fulbright scholar.

Described by Chicago’s WGN public radio as an “amazingly talented musician,” Lucy’s musical practice lives on the edge of many styles, inspired by a lifelong exploration of classical, minimalist, modal, jazz and electronic music. A collaborative artist at heart, Lucy plays in numerous ensembles, including blues/indie rock outfit Half Gringa and chamber rock group The Phantom Broadcast. She has performed with singer/songwriter Dani Larkin (Northern Ireland), singers Lykanthea (USA) and MICHA Música (USA), and most recently with qanun player Afarin Nazarijou (USA/Iran). Recent performances include multiple premieres at the famed Jordan Hall in Boston, a duo show with Nazarijou for The Boiler House Jazz Series at the Charles River Museum of Industry

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