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Grace Kelly: The making of a prodigy

Updated 3:24 PM ET, Sun February 19, 2012
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Grace Kelly first picked up the saxophone at age 9. Six weeks later, she was performing in public. Now 19, the young jazz musician has already had an enviable career, playing with jazz legends, putting out several albums and performing all over the world. Here are some images from her life. angie walton/cnn
By age 13, she was playing with well-known jazz musicians such as Lee Konitz. courtesy Kelly family
Kelly's musical partners have included Harry Connick Jr., the Boston Pops and (shown here) trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. courtesy Kelly family
She's also played with pianist Dave Brubeck. courtesy Kelly family
Kelly loves to play. "I feel lucky that I found something that I love," she says. courtesy Kelly family
She doesn't just play concert halls. In 2009, she played the national anthem at a Boston Celtics game. courtesy Kelly family
She's played one of jazz's biggest events, the Newport Jazz Festival, more than once. She poses here with festival founder George Wein. courtesy Kelly family
Kelly doesn't just play saxophone -- she also composes and sings. Angie Walton/CNN
Her talent still mystifies her father and manager, Bob Kelly. "I don't know where that comes from," he says. Angie Walton/cnn