She has the goods required of every aspiring Hollywood starlet: talent, charisma, youth, country girl charm, a who’s-who contact list and an unforgettable name. But this Grace Kelly is attempting to achieve her stardom as a jazz musician. The 21-year-old Korean-American (her last name was Chung before her mom remarried) has unlimited creativity, an earthy groove, a singing voice of green fire and alto saxophone chops so athletic that she can seem more like Michelle Wie than Madeleine Peyroux. Though she’s no Princess of Monaco, Kelly has enthralled and performed with music’s high society, including A-listers Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan and Questlove. All this nary 14 hours before high noon of her career. Kelly is racing to fame as if to catch a thief, waving to her colleagues from the rear window as she outpaces them.—Gary Fukushima

Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/17/14)

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