Never compromising a strong dedication to excellence, critically-acclaimed artist, producer, educator, and entrepreneur Dr. Keith Javors has seen success in nearly every facet of the modern music industry. From his unmatched multiple, consecutive Downbeat magazine awards as a teacher and bandleader to the cutting edge leadership behind his global imprint Inarhyme Records to his natural aptitudes as a profound and soulful player and composer, Javors does it all, and he does it all at an undisputed high level. Not by his own admittance, Jazz Times says "The degree of hard work, patience, study, blood, sweat and tears necessary to produce a band of this quality is phenomenal."
Keith is President and CEO of Inarhyme Records LLC, a top-shelf Indie record label and music production company which produces critically-acclaimed and cutting-edge releases and produces concert collaborations throughout North America and abroad. The label has garnished consistent media praise by top periodicals ranging from Downbeat and Jazz Times to the Chicago Tribune for its high quality. Inarhyme’s releases feature such leading artists as the Hamburg Jazz Radio Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Boris Kozlov, Chris Potter, Terell Stafford, E.J. Strickland, Ben Williams, Steve Wilson, and many others. Described by alto saxophonist and Jazz Hall of Famer Bunky Green as a “creative force with an urgent message that cannot be denied”, Keith is a riveting player and live performer, particularly communicative in his ballad playing, transforming audiences and bands with his creativity and dynamic sensibilities. He can be heard on several emotive recordings as a leader: Mantra, From Here To The Street, Mo’ City Jungle, The Free Project, Coming Together, Rhyme and Reason, as well as On the Bright Side with the American Music Project which he co-leads. One jazz connoisseur in Moscow summed it up like this: “There are many musicians who play brilliantly from their head, but Keith is rare in that he comes straight from the heart.”
Over the years, Keith’s various ensembles have performed at the top major festivals, clubs, and performance spaces around the globe: The Rockefeller Center, the International House of Music in Moscow, Jubilee Festival at Piwnica pod Baranami, North Sea Jazz Festival, Yaroslavl Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Vienne Jazz Festival, many International Association for Jazz Education Conferences, the Midwest Clinic; Blues Alley, Smalls, the Jazz Showcase, Union of Composers, Smoke, the Iridium, Caravan of Dreams, and many others. Javors has worked in producing or musical collaboration with a who’s who of leading artists including Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, George Coleman, Kenny Garrett, Slide Hampton, the Heath Brothers, Eddie Henderson, Dave Holland, Pat Martino, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Palmieri, Chris Potter, Sam Rivers, Maria Schneider, and Clark Terry, to name a few.