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Strathmore Presents Keith Killgo / Renowned jazz percussionist performs as part of Strathmore's Artist in Residence Program


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N. Bethesda, MD: Jazz percussionist and Washington D.C. native Keith Killgo will perform at Strathmore during the month of April as part of Strathmore's Artist in Residence program. His public performances on Wednesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 26 will take place in the intimate 100-seat Music Room in the Mansion at Strathmore at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The performance on April 5 will feature the standards, including arrangements from the JFK Quintet, and original music from Keith's latest CD. The final performance on April 26 will feature a full backing band and the world premiere of a piece commissioned by Strathmore.

Keith Killgo, drummer, vocalist and one of the founding members of the jazz-fusion group, the Blackbyrds, has been a part of the metamorphosis that has taken place in the world of jazz. From the age of four years old he studied piano - going on to train with Roberta Flack. Although the piano was his first instrument, his affinity for the drums was exhibited early in his music career. By the time he was eleven he had played drums with Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Woody Shaw, Bill Hardman, Art Blakey's band and Eddie Harris.

Killgo entered Bradley University in Illinois where he became a part of the Joe Henderson Quintet, along with Stanley Clark, Hal Galper and Woody Shaw. After playing and touring with Joe Henderson, he attended Howard University, where he met Donald Byrd and was selected to become a member of the Blackbyrds with Orville Saunders and Joe Hall. For the next ten years, the Blackbyrds played with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Humphrey, Sonny Rollins and Andrew White. They received an array of awards including three gold albums and a Grammy nomination for “Walking in Rhythm." Killgo wrote several hit singles for the Blackbyrds including, “Flying High," and “Time is Moving."

After the affiliation with Donald Byrd ended in 1977, Killgo and the Blackbyrds collaborated with George Duke on Better Days. Killgo wrote both the title song and “Love Don't Strike Twice." He later went on to form Krosswinds, a seven-person band, as well as recoding a solo LP consisting of three original compositions and a new version of Tommy James' hit single, “Crystal Blue Persuasion." Killgo has performed and/or recorded with his own band and artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Joe Williams, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gary Bartz, Milt Jackson, Carla Thomas, Gerald Albright, Carl Anderson, Roland Hanna, David “Fathead" Newman, Stanley Turrentine, Joey DeFranscesco, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Patrice Rushen and others.

One of Keith's projects is “StarJamz," a music performance entertainment television special aired on TV One. The show brings together two stars from different generations to talk, perform individually, together and jam live with Keith Killgo's StarJamz House Band. The first special features NAACP Image Award winner and American Idol 2003 champion Ruben Studdard and multiple Grammy Award-winning soul vocalist Peabo Bryson.

In September, Strathmore introduced its Artist in Residence program, an initiative to help cultivate local musical talent in the Washington, D.C. area by connecting established performers with up-and-coming musicians. Emerging performers and mentor artists will be in residence in the Mansion at Strathmore for the duration of one month. During this month, the artist-in-residence will perform for an audience each Wednesday night. Each artist will have the opportunity to develop an audience in the area, perfect their performances, create an educational program, and premiere a new work commissioned by Strathmore. The premiere will occur on the last concert of the month and will reflect the musical growth of the artist in residence.

Strathmore, a 23 year-old established presenter and destination, nurtures art, artists and community through creative and diverse programming of the highest quality and is home to the new Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Mansion at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike in North Bethesda, MD, immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro's Red Line and a half-mile from the Capital Beltway. Parking is available on site for all Mansion performances. For more information, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Strathmore is supported in part by grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

Keith Killgo, jazz percussion
Strathmore Artist in Residence
April 5 & 26, 2006
7:30 p.m.
(301) 581-5100

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