Kim “The Commander” Kelly, a well-known Windsor promoter and skilled saxophonist has passed away at 5:30pm on Sunday, June 23. The news started circulating social media shortly after and his Facebook page started collecting condolences and wishes.
Kelly, a Windsor-Essex Musician’s Hall of Fame member and former saxophone player, broke his neck and damaged his spinal cord in a fall in 2015, leaving him paralyzed. He was in his late 60s.
Known for his killer sax work, Kelly performed on the Bluesfest Windsor stage several times over the years and received a Canadian Recording Industry Association Gold Album award for his work on the 1979 Long John Baldry album Baldry’s Out!
in 2018, his long-time friend and music industry cohort, John Power, staged a fundraising show for Kelly with a sold-out concert featuring blues legends Downchild Blues Band.
At Kelly’s request, there will be no funeral.