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Jon-Erik Kellso

Jon-Erik Kellso plays melodic, swinging jazz trumpet with an emphasis on ensemble interplay.

About Me

Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra. In '88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band with whom he's made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively. Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Linda Ronstadt, Banu Gibson, Judy Carmichael, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern. Recent engagements include a week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis celebrating Louis Armstrong's Hot 5s and 7s, various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world. At home in New York City Kellso has been leading The EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights since 2007. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at Iguana, just off of Times Square. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Dizzy's, Small's, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, and the Rum House at the Hotel Edison. Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," "Revolutionary Road" and "Mildred Pierce" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He was on screen in "Revolutionary Road," and in the HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire." Jon has recorded several times on Arbors Records, including three CDs as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His most recent CDs are leading The EarRegulars, the first on Gen-Erik Records featuring Scott Robinson, and the second on Jazzology featuring Evan Christopher.

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