Keith Pray

Keith has traveled from the west coast to Europe making music of many styles with hundreds of gifted musicians including some of the giants of the business. For eight years he resided in New York City performing with artists from multiple disciplines including, jazz, R&B, blues, Latin and big band. He currently resides in New York's Capital Region and has released six albums under his name, most recently “Universal Blues” on his label PrayNation Records. Keith has taught saxophone at SUNY Oneonta, jazz history and arranging at Schenectady County Community College and currently directs the high school bands in the Schenectady City School District. Keith is an in demand jazz educator, having conducted many all-counties, masterclasses, clinics, directing the Proctors Summer Jazz Institute for 9 seasons and most recently co-founding All Ears, which develops jazz education workshops. Besides his own recordings, Keith has recorded for dozens of artists, and continues maintain an active performing schedule and has added jazz organ to his performing credentials.


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”Make no mistake about it Keith Pray is a voice with which to be reckoned with. He has it all and leaves it all here, a brilliant convergence of chops, insight, honesty of sound and superb writing skills. This confluence packs a solid, creative punch. -A knock out.” -Nick Mondello (jazztimes.com)
Primary Instrument

Saxophone

Location

Albany

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Dr. Lonnie Smith
organ, Hammond B3
John Coltrane
saxophone
Charles Earland
organ, Hammond B3
Kenny Garrett
saxophone, alto
Johnny Hodges
saxophone, alto
Maceo Parker
saxophone, alto
Ben Webster
saxophone, tenor
John Zorn
saxophone, alto

Albums

Universal Blues

Praynation Records
2021

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Confluence

ARC - Artists Recording Collective
2012

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Live at the Lark...

Self Produced
2010

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Inyo

From: Universal Blues
By Keith Pray

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