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Roger Kellaway Trio: New Standards Vol. 3

Read "New Standards Vol. 3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Trumpeter Carl Saunders is best known for his contributions to jazz orchestras, having put his mighty horn to good use for Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gerald Wilson, and numerous other big band leaders of note over the past half-century. Yet his work as a composer may end up being his lasting legacy. Saunders has amassed a considerable body of work--more than three hundred of his tunes appear in a Real Book-style collection titled New Jazz Standards--and ...

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37th Paradise Valley Jazz Party at Scottsdale Hilton Resort

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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 ...

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Roger Kellaway: Roger Kellaway Live at the Jazz Standard

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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 ...

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Roger Kellaway: Live at The Jazz Standard

Read "Live at The Jazz Standard" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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 ...

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Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard

Read "Live at the Jazz Standard" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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Roger Kellaway: Heroes

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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 ...

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Roger Kellaway: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Larry Taylor

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 ...

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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.

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Roger Kellaway: The History Man

Read "Roger Kellaway: The History Man" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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The Roger Kellaway Trio: Heroes

Read "Heroes" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

The last we heard from pianist/composer Roger Kellaway was last year, when he dazzled the world with his remembrances as Bobby Darin's musical director (undoubtedly timed to coincide with the release of the Darin biopic Beyond The Sea. Now, we have a dramatic and long-needed tribute to the “drum-less" piano trio (guitar/bass/piano) that dates back to sessions from Art Tatum, Django Reinhardt, the King Cole Trio, and most especially the Oscar Peterson Trio, pre-Ed Thigpen when first Barney Kessel and ...

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Roger Kellaway: I Was There; Remembering Bobby Darin

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For a number of years, pianist Roger Kellaway performed alongside Bobby Darin, and on two recent releases he pays tribute to the late frontman by playing instrumental renditions of some of the songs (plus a couple of originals) he played and/or arranged during his years with the singer, who passed away too soon in 1973 at the age of 37.

Roger Kellaway I Was There IPO Recordings 2005

On I Was There, Kellaway plays ...

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Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook

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In case there is any doubt, this is an authentic Roger Kellaway recording, which is to say it is a musical event. I Was There was produced to coincide with the recent Bobby Darin film biography Beyond the Sea, a project in which Kellaway served as vocal coach for its star, Kevin Spacey. Rather than somehow trying to imitate him, Kellaway creatively re-examines tunes from Darin's repertoire. Bypassing most of the singer's hits, Kellaway chooses music from Darin's late 1960s ...


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