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Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1943, Calvin Keys' musical legacy began early with his father Otis Keys, a man who is still described as Omaha's greatest natural drummer. Early on in his own musical career Calvin auditioned and played guitar with such greats as Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and bassist Gerald Holts. At age 17, he first hit the road with sax player Little Walkin' Willie and then followed in his father's footsteps to Kansas City, where his first gigs were with Preston Love of the Count Basie Orchestra and The Frank Edwards Organ Trio. That foundation led to working with one of the greatest organ trios of all time‚ The Jimmy Smith Trio, and then on to working with several other organ greats: Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Groove Holmes. In 1969, Keys headed for Los Angeles


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Do the Jazz Shuffle

Read "Do the Jazz Shuffle" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we have have decided to do the jazz shuffle, and by shuffle we don't mean the jazz rhythm, but the feature that allows to play anything on a hard-drive in a randomized order. A perfect approach to revel through unexpected pairings, daring juxtapositions and accidental non sequiturs. After all if one ...


Article: Profile

Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana

Read "Jeff Chambers' Chosen Alternative: The Therapies of Tijuana" reviewed by Arthur R George

Jeff Chambers, long a go-to jny: San Francisco Bay Area bassist, looked at death closely and decided it was not yet his time. In 2017 his medical chart revealed Stage IV prostate cancer, commonly and fearfully an endgame diagnosis. Prostate cancer affects African-American men with almost twice the frequency as other races, and is almost twice ...


Article: Live Review

7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018

Read "7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

7 Mile House Jazz Festival 2018 7 Mile HouseBrisbane CA March 17, 2018 The inaugural 7 Mile House Jazz Festival was a jammed pack event featuring invigorating music running from noon to mid night on St. Patrick's Day. Sitting exactly seven miles south of San Francisco's Portsmouth Square, the historic (and ...



Calvin Keys - I'll Remember April

Featuring the music of Calvin Keys
Duration: 10:47

Guitarist Calvin Keys recorded live at the Larkspur Cafe Theater, June 2006

News: Performance / Tour

Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Guitarist Calvin Keys will celebrate his 70th birthday on February 6th, 2012. To mark the occasion, Calvin will play a special birthday show Feb 6th, 7-11pm, at 57th St. Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA. Tickets are $20 at the door. Keys' very first album,'Shawn-Neeq, originally released in 1971 on Black Jazz, has just been reissued ...


News: Recording

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys "Shawn-Neeq" Reissued on 180g Vinyl

Calvin Keys' debut Shawn-Neeq will be reissued on 180g vinyl LP tomorrow, Jan 10, on Tompkins Square. The LP is now available for purchase at tompkinssquare.com Originally released on the influential label Black Jazz in 1971, guitarist Calvin Keys' debut is a stone classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin's singular guitar ...


Vertical Clearance

Label: Wide Hive Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: MRKGY; Spreading Spirit; Unresolved Daydream; Proceed With Caution; Secaucus S.Rutherford; Vertical Clearance; Seven & Sonny Straight Up; Maximum Height; Blue D; Drunk Monk; Last Exit.


Article: Album Review

Calvin Keys: Vertical Clearance

Read "Vertical Clearance" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Guitarist Calvin Keys has accumulated a five-decade career of playing and recording with some of the biggest names in American music. From Omaha, Nebraska to Kansas City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles and other stopping points, Keys made the acquaintance of such luminaries as Frank Edwards, Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, King Pleasure, Jack McDuff, ...


Maria's First

Label: Not On Label (Calvin Weston Self-released)
Released: 1987


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