2019 Press:

WUOT (03.15.19)

Kelle Jolly and Faith Morris sit down with Todd Steed to talk about the joys of staging the Women In Jazz Jam Festival.

UT Daily Beacon (03.12.19)

Kelle Jolly is the founder and organizer of the festival, which is celebrating its fourth year. She explained that she believes the biggest hurdle women have to pass through in music as opposed to men is networking, branching out and finding work, so this festival was a way to help with that.

“I started the festival because even groundhogs have a day, and I feel like women in jazz needed to have a platform where they were celebrated. They needed a platform where they can be inspired and a place where they can collect and get to know each other,” Jolly said.

2018 Press:

Inside Knoxville (03.21.18)

I first wrote about the festival and about Kelle in 2016 when the festival was an idea floating around in her mind. Two successful outings later, the event has taken on a life of its own, shifting a bit in form and format each year, but keeping the focus squarely on women in jazz. There couldn’t be a brighter light to guide it than Kelle. She’s an inspiration and that’s what the festival has become.

Maryville Daily Times (03.14.18)

Women in Jazz Jam headliner Diane Monroe embraces musical freedom.

Maker City Blog (03.12.18)

KELLE JOLLY SANG THE BLUES WHILE BETHANY HANKINS COAXED THE LONESOME NOTES THAT ACCOMPANIED HER OUT OF A VIOLIN MADE BY KELVIN SCOTT. These three music makers represent just a small segment of the performers and creators who make up Knoxville’s music scene. It’s a scene as diverse and rich as the music it creates. It encompasses Appalachian fiddlers, classical performers, jazz and blues men and women, country crooners, a maker of fine instruments and those who build and repair amplifiers.

WUTK Rocky Top RoundUP Podcast

WUOT – Anna Helms Talks Women in Jazz

Knoxville Style Magazine, page 36 (Inaugural Issue)

Knoxville Music Warehouse (02.26.18)

Jazz fans rejoice, because the Women In Jazz Jam Festival returns to downtown Knoxville March 16h and 17th! This will be the event’s third year, and it’s shaping up to be a good one.

Blank Newspaper: (02.23.18)

… New this year, on Saturday, March 17, is the noontime “Women in Music Gathering” networking event at The Emporium Center, located at 100 S. Gay Street. Women who perform or work in any genre of music are encouraged to attend. Bring promotional material to share. Discussions will be led by organizers of the festival. Bring your instrument for a jam session. This event is free and open to the public. …


2016 Press:

Inside Knoxville (03.19. 16)

In the middle of all the great festivals the city has to offer, we added a couple of new ones this year. The Women in Jazz Jam Festival, produced by local jazz musician and vocalist Kelle Jolly set a high standard for what I hope will be many years of future installments. By all measures, it appears to have been a great success. …

Kelle Jolly seeks to forge musical relationships with the Women in Jazz Jam Festival

It all started with some big ideas by East Tennessee jazz chanteuse Kelle Jolly. …

GoKnoxville (03.18.16)

The Women in Jazz Jam Festival will be Friday-Sunday, March 18-20, in locations around town. Festival organizer Kelle Jolly has put together a weekend of concerts and activities to celebrate women composers and musicians.

Shopper News (03.16.16)

In our town, where Vols football and “cradle of country music” lore reign supreme, it’s good to remember that Knoxville is also very much a jazz mecca. (page 9) …

Knoxville Music Warehouse (03.21.16)

The very name of the event tells the story. The Women in Jazz Jam Festival reigns queen.

Knoxville Mercury (03.16.16)

An audience member approached Kelle Jolly after a Tennessee Theatre Musical Monday appearance to tell her, “I didn’t know I liked jazz!”

Jolly had to reassure her: “It’s okay, it’s okay,” while the woman told her, “I didn’t know. I am so sorry!”

“She saw the light,” says Jolly. “It was like a whole new world opened for her. That’s a beautiful thing.” (03.10.16)

Live at Five at 4 Women in Jazz Jazz Festival (WJJF) from March 18-20 in Knoxville

Knoxville Music Warehouse (03.07.16)

Since its inception, women have been involved with jazz, but often enough their achievements are not well-known or as trumpeted (so to speak) as their male counterparts. Of course we have Billie, Ella, and Sarah, but there are so many more — singers, instrumentalists and composers — who have made a worthy pantheon, and a legacy to follow. However, commentary about women in jazz still sticks to a fundamental question: Do they exist? …

KnoxZine (03.01.16)

Advice from the Women In Jazz Jam Festival
Here are a few of the performers from the Women in Jazz Jam Festival discussing their experiences as musicians. See them perform in Knoxville, TN, on March 18-20, 2016. …

Inside of Knoxville (01.07.16)

She is many things: pensive and effusive, delicate and determined, eloquent and straightforward. She is also very talented and she has a vision which she intends to see through. “What I’m doing this moment has to be good. I’m not waiting for good,” she told me when I sat down with her recently. As we sorted out her journey to this point and her goals for the upcoming festival, I got to know an interesting and vivacious woman who is on a jazz mission: The Women in Jazz Jam Festival. …