Electronic Press Kit
Oracle Blue is a collective drawing from elements of Neo-Soul, R&B and #BAM. Bandleaders Liz Kelley and Zach Douglas draw from a wide range of musicians while touring, creating a different soundscape each night of original compositions and arrangements. Their album Gilded Kingdoms (2018) is available on all streaming platforms, and is comprised of original works, as well as two reimagined jazz standards.
Though the official start of the band was in 2017, many of the members began performing together as university classmates in 2013. As students they received a DownBeat Student Music Award for an Outstanding Performance in the Blues/Pop/Rock Group category, and embarked on a European tour with performances at Montreux, Umbria and Vienne jazz festivals.
In February of 2018 Oracle Blue was selected via contest to open for five-time GRAMMY Award-winning Lalah Hathaway. Oracle Blue performed opening sets at the Knight Theatre at the Levine Center of the Arts (Charlotte, NC) and at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center (Greensboro, NC) as part of Lalah Hathaway's "Honestly" album release tour.
Recently relocated to Nashville, TN, the group spends an average of 20 days per month on the road. During their time at home, they can be found performing a residency slot at Rudy’s Jazz Room, or in their home studio writing and recording new ideas.
"They are honest-to-goodness music nerds, disguised by trendy hairstyles, self-deprecating humor and a darn good sound."
"We're talking about a globally acclaimed jazz group from right here at CCu!"
"Oracle Blue has been killing it . . . Every time they play somewhere, especially part of a show with other bands, they’re the ones that seem to get the most chatter, and there’s a reason for it."
-Scott Mann, Classic Rock Wave 104.1
"Combining original songs with covers of R&B and pop tunes, the band led the audience through soulful grooves peppered with bebop-rooted improvisations and effects-driven tibmres."
Alt-Jazz / Pop / R&B
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