37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party Scottsdale Hilton Resort Scottsdale, Arizona March 22-23, 2014 An A-team of East Coast, West Coast and Arizona musicians played a mix of swing and bebop sounds in 14 jam-session-style sets at the 37th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party. A special element at this party was the contrast in ages among the 23 musicians. Melissa Aldana is a 24-year-old New York City tenor saxophonist, and Los Angeles vocalist Melissa Morgan is 29. They were booked to perform with veteran jazzers such as pianist Roger Kellaway, 74; trumpeter Lew Soloff, ...read more
For their third collaboration on IPO records, veteran musicians pianist Roger Kellaway and multireed player Eddie Daniels recorded a benefit concert for Santa Fe Center for Therapeutic Riding." The resulting Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe is a tribute to pianist and composer Duke Ellington comprising eight of his standards and an original a piece by Kellaway and Daniels. This unique and elegant interpretation of Ellington's work is laid back but vibrant, exuberant yet mature. On trombonist Juan Tizol's classic, Perdido" for example, the melody is woven out of overlapping harmonic layers creating a dramatic three ...read more
For a powerful adrenaline rush, it's hard to beat a full house (sixteen or seventeen single-minded musicians wailing in unison and swinging like there's no tomorrow), although there's a lot to be said for a pair of aces, too. That's the hand that's dealt on Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe, the aces in question being clarinetist / tenor saxophonist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway (with cellist James Holland raising the ante as a wild card on four numbers). As the title denotes, this is music for the most part associated with Duke Ellington, ...read more
Perhaps no wind instrument can be as expressive as the human voice besides the trombone and clarinet. The litmus test, so to speak, might be to cast either instrument in a silent movie and then to watch the film as the instruments imitate the lives whose stories they tell. Of course the instruments must be played exceptionally well--perhaps trombonist Roswell Rudd and clarinetist Barney Bigard, in days gone by or, if the film were being made today, clarinetist Don Byron or Eddie Daniels. How about adding a piano and having Roger Kellaway sit in? That would be a miraculous film ...read more
This is a wonderfully sympathetic duo. Pianist Roger Kellaway has an identity which brings together Ellis Larkins, Bill Evans and deep knowledge of jazz piano, whilst Eddie Daniels may be the most formidably correct clarinetist in jazz today, without ever letting technique get in the way of expression. Add to this duo's many attributes the fact that they play without a safety net and you have something special--so much so that Kellaway and Daniels even make something out of the old George Gershwin warhorse Strike up the Band," which combines impressionistic qualities with sly, insidious wit. Of ...read more
The Library Of Congress is a repository for important cultural artifacts, so it seems only fitting that it should serve as the stage for a duo recital from two of jazz's greatest treasures. Clarinetist Eddie Daniels and pianist Roger Kellaway have built their individual careers and reputations as genre-blind artists with near-unmatched technical prowess on their respective instruments, making them ideally suited as duo partners. Daniels' place in jazz history was sealed when he joined up with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra as the group came into being in the mid-'60s, but his career path--which has involved ...read more
Pianist Roger Kellaway can swing hard and has played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to Joni Mitchell. His knowledge of music is encyclopedic and his pianism is instantly recognizable for its airy, sparkling quality, flowing from a singular skill he has to incorporate stride, swing, boogie and more into something totally modern. Long an in-demand sideman, Kellaway has too rarely recorded fronting his own group. Which brings us to the happy occasion of this live 2006 Jazz Standard set with his East Coast group" (he also maintains a West Coast group"). The opener here is Duke Ellington's ...read more
In 2005, longtime collaborators Eddie Daniels and Roger Kellaway reunited at Los Angeles' Jazz Bakery to try their skills without the comfort of bass or drums. Luckily, they were up to the challenge more than ever. The result, A Duet of One, presents two musicians who blend melody and spontaneity so well that they could improvise a symphony together.
From the first moments of I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Daniels and Kellaway establish a foundation that only grows tighter, as the clarinet asks and the piano answers through the head. Both play with a delicate touch. Paquito D'Rivera writes, in ...read more
It's a bit out of the ordinary when a jazz trio does not include a piano. Perhaps it's even more unusual that an ensemble would be without drums. Yet that is the approach taken by pianist Roger Kellaway for the two-disc Live at The Jazz Standard. Kellaway began playing piano at age seven. His career has included spots with Duke Ellington, Elvis Presley, Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones, among many others. Kellaway has more than 200 album credits. In addition to jazz, he plays and composes classical, pop and even television scores. Live at ...read more
Pianist and composer Roger Kellaway exists in that critical interface between little-known but respected session musician and known but unjustly little-recognized master. His recent recordings for IPO--Heroes (2007) and I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook (2005)--were very well received and revealed a professional, journeyman persistence. Kellaway is a national treasure who is omniscient in the field of jazz. Though not one to perform in public, Kellaway did play several nights at New York City's Jazz Standard which resulted in Roger Kellaway Live at the Jazz Standard.
Kellaway came to this recording with an ...read more
The Roger Kellaway Trio has no drummer. Rhythm isn't a problem though, since this group swings so well, but harmony is another matter. It's a challenge that pianist Roger Kellaway takes seriously, with considerable success. The Oscar Peterson trios with guitar, Kellaway's first and main influence, have paved the way for him to get excited about the chamber-jazz swing style that he exudes through such favorite chestnuts as Moten Swing, Killer Joe, Night Train, Cotton Tail and I Was Doing All Right. The pianist is comfortable in the company of guitarist Bruce Forman and double bassist Dan Lutz as he ...read more
When pianist Roger Kellaway first thought about becoming a jazz musician in the '50s, keyboard legend Oscar Peterson was hitting his stride with his great trios. They included Ray Brown on bass, and first Barney Kessel, then Herb Ellis on guitar. Peterson's trios were a big influence on Kellaway. As he states in the liner notes, ...that sound they made together. It certainly would have defeated me when I was young because it was so brilliant.... the will to swing that I picked up from him.
This CD, Kellaway's tribute to Peterson, is, in fact, the first time he has ...read more
It's tribute time as Roger Kellaway tinkles the keys in homage to Oscar Peterson. On Heroes, Kellaway dwells mainly on tunes from the repertoire of Peterson's trio with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown, even working with a similar lineup alongside bassist Dan Lutz and guitarist Bruce Forman. There is some diversion; Kellaway tips his hat in the direction of Benny Golson, includes a tune done by the later edition of Peterson's trio, and also adds an original.
Getting into a swinging groove right off, Kellaway stamps Killer Joe with a strong left hand and jumps into the blues ...read more
Roger Kellaway could not be called a best kept secret. He's been active for over 40 years, performing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Barbra Streisand, and yes, Bobby Darin, the subject of the first two discs reviewed here. Kellaway's sprawling experience is reflected by his black-hole talent. His command of the entire history of piano styles is staggering and it's exhilarating to hear it all at once--and on these three recordings, the listener is treated to this exact experience.
Roger Kellaway Trio I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays ...read more
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