Rick Keller is a composer/multi-instrumentalist living in Los Angeles. In 2001 Rick returned to the U.S. after a 17 year successful freelance music career in Europe residing in Munich, Germany. Rick was born in Syracuse, New York where he began studying saxophone at the age of 11. Rick was 14 years old when he began participating in State and National Jazz competitions which consequently led to performances with scholastic as well as professional Big Bands.Rick was awarded a scholarship to the famed University Of Miami where he performed with some of the Jazz departments top ensembles, receiving Down Beat honors between 1979-1983. Since 1983 Rick has recorded and performed live with many well known musical personalities. Rick performs regularly for large audiences and small clubs and has recorded all styles of music for record albums, films, television and radio. Some highlights include: Ronnie Scott's London, North Sea Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Rick took his quartet to perform at the 1998 Canary Islands Jazz Festival. Rick has maintained a high level of music performance by constantly challenging himself and his creative partners. Rick's respect for the art of jazz and his reverence of Jazz masters past and present has continued to fuel his performance and compositional abilities.
Selmer Saxophones, Vandoren reeds, Otto Link, Meyer, Fred Rast custom Mouthpieces, FL ligatures, Theo Wanne modification
Willing to teach
Harvard Westlake High School
Music In The Bradshaws (Prescott Arizona)
Saxophone and ensemble Jazz/classical Instruction
Remscheid Jazz Workshop
Salzgitter Jazz+ Rock Workshop
Bavarian Jazz Youth Orchestra
Feierwerk Jazz Rock und Blues Workshop
New Jazz School Munich (1994 -98 )
Macro Media , Multi Media School Munich
Composer Performer Producer 1983-Present
Saxophone ,flutes ,Midi ,Sampling technology ,Composer ,Arranger
Performed around the world while residing in Germany. Worked as soloist
arranger ,composer for countless advertisements, Feature and TV films, Pop recordings.
as well as interactive games. Produced own recordings 2 documentary films (2001).
Project management for own productions as well as sub contractor for various recordings.
• Contracted International performances with own group
• Recorded own arrangements and compositions for TV, Film, Advertising
• Produced CD/Documentary film recordings
• Produced own website utilizing state of the art digital Audio-Video-Graphic programs
•Mac OS / hardware
•Windows OS / hardware
1 semester MA - New England Conservatory, 1985 Jazz Saxophone Performance
Bachelor of Music – Studio Music+Jazz – University of Miami, 1983
Continuous on the job and home learning to update knowledge of current
computer Audio /Video and multi-media technologies and implementation.