Who is Rhythm Jets?........

Founder Vance Kelly

Vance found his passion for music, sound and saxophone at a young age in his native Atlanta GA. and never let go of the desire to share his love for music. Having honed his craft through years of live and studio performances, his audiences are the beneficiaries of his constant push to take his skills as a player, engineer and producer to the highest level. He has broad experience in Pop, Rock, Blues, Big Band Jazz, Island and Christian genres that get blended into what you hear from him today.

Along with his study of Music at Kennesaw State University, Vance earned a degree in Electrical Engineering which furthers his capabilities as a musician, engineer and producer. Vance started his music career playing in college bands and sitting in for studio sessions. The first 7 years on the road were spent playing keyboards and sax with the now famous Jesse James Dupree. In the following years, Vance recorded and played with blues bands and a Contemporary Christian band. Vance was also fortunate enough to be a charter member and have a key role in The Christian Music Connection that provided a path for unsigned artists to grow while promoting shows for many named acts. To round out his career in the business, Vance worked as a talent agent for Rising Star Productions, and has spent years as a FOH sound engineer, most recently for North Point Ministries. The vast variety and number of artists and music professionals that Vance has had the pleasure of working with is another amazing influence on his music today. Vance’s performances are also enhanced by the insight he has gained in his role as engineer and producer at Palms Up Studios. He has even produced a track for Capital Records which appeared in the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. Vance’s proficiency in producing the highest quality sound cultivates amazing live and recorded musical experiences. Vance understands the music, the technology that drives it, and the business that surrounds it. For the past several years he has played in A1A, the official and original Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Vance is now the visionary and the front man for The Rhythm Jets.


Producer John Carroza

John has played guitar and piano from a very early age. He relocated from Florida to Atlanta in 1992 to work as a musician, producer, writer and arranger for Twelve Oaks Studios, a top choice for many Christian artists. John has worked with many top caliber artists in Atlanta including Sam Skelton, Drummer Scott Meeder and bassist Jackie Street, and Grammy award winner Earl Klugh. He has also collaborated with producers and songwriters such as Cheryl Rogers and Mike Gleason. Mr. Carrozza has produced, performed, or arranged for many gospel artists including Babbie Mason, Todd Fields, Vernessa Mitchell, and was a featured pianist on “Dear God” by Boyz II Men on their platinum album, “Evolution”. He has recorded his own acclaimed instrumental project entitled, “Worship Without Words” and also plays regularly with the North Point Community Church Band in Atlanta, GA as pianist and organist on the Hammond B-3. John Carrozza is a savvy musician with a natural feel, and his latest smooth EP “Defining Moment” demonstrates that gift.


Producer Trammell Starks

With a trademark technique steeped in a career rich in accolades and accomplishments in symphonic, rock, pop, world music and jazz, Trammell is equally comfortable behind the keyboard, mixing board, or in the producer's chair. His critically-acclaimed works include his production of Billboard-celebrated recordings of The London Symphony (at the famed Abbey Road Studios), The San Diego Symphony, The Mexico City Philharmonic, The London Session Orchestra, and The Taliesin Orchestra. As a producer, engineer, arranger, and programmer, Trammell's work has been heard on over 300 CDs, on numerous national and regional radio spots, and on countless corporate and industrial videos.

He is more known for his music played on the "Local on the 8's" on the Weather Channel . He composed 40 tracks specifically for The Weather Channel.


The Musicians & Staff

In the beginning........ Oh - wrong story.

Over the years, RhythmJets has had the privilege of having some of the top musicians in the Atlanta area and beyond.  These musicians have decades of experience and they bring that experience to the band to make it what it is today.  Some of these amazing musicians play with us live, while others perform their magic in the studio.

Vance Kelly - Alto and Tenor Sax

John Carrozza - Piano, B3 and Acoustic Guitar

Trammell Starks - Keyboards

Ansley Segraves - Sound Engineer

Mil Cannon - Video and Photography

Joseph Patrick Moore - Bass Guitar

Steve Cunningham - Lap Steel and Electric Guitars

Wayne Viar - Drums and Percussion

Nico Gutierrez - Steel Drums and Percussion

Sam Skelton - Alto, Tenor and Baritone Sax

Chris Blackwell - Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Paul Garrett - Trumpet

Mike Bielenberg - Keyboards

Richard Meeder - Bass Guitar

Louis K. (Styx) Newsom - Drums

Rob Opitz - Trumpet and Flugelhorn

Daniel Glozier - Electric Guitar

Neil Newcome - Baritone Sax

Sam Sims - Bass Guitar

Rafael Pereira - Electric and Nylon String Guitar

John Patti - Steel Drum

Mike Barry - Trumpet

Mercy Myra - Vocals

Joey Green - Bass Guitar

Alfreda Gerald - Background Vocals

Cheryl Rogers - Background Vocals

Sammy Wanjau - Background Vocals

David Chanzera - Background Vocals

Darren English - Trumpet

Joe Lee - Drums

Tony Hightower - Background Vocals

Joshua Kelly - Vocals

Chinua Hawk - Vocals