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Derel Monteith

Derel Monteith is a pianist, keyboardist, and composer based in Illinois. After focusing on classical piano during his childhood in North Carolina, Derel developed an affinity for improvised music and earned a degree in jazz studies from the University of Miami. Among others, he has performed with Nnenna Freelon, Vanessa Rubin, Frank Foster, and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and studied with the Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider. In 2015, Derel formed the Derel Monteith Trio, which focuses on his original compositions and instrumental covers of rock songs. His other primary outlet is fully improvised solo piano


Quantity of Life

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Trash Talk; Folk Song; Spirit & Solidarity; Quantity of Life; Upper West Side; In My Humble Opinion; Innocence; Downtown Creep; Taste & See.



Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Dovecote; Connemara; Rise & Repeat; Rainbow Symphony Revisited; Where Old Men Gather.



Upper West Side

Featuring the music of Derel Monteith
Duration: 8:44

"Upper West Side" gets its name from the New York City energy it attempts to express, as well as the fact that when I brought a set of my songs to a lesson with Maria Schneider at her apartment on the Upper West Side, this was her favorite of the bunch.

Article: Multiple Reviews

Derel Monteith, Trio and Solo

Read "Derel Monteith, Trio and Solo" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Derel Monteith Trio Quantity of Life Self Produced 2019 The title phrase isn't quite the obvious one—isn't quality of life usually supposed to be the main thing?—but not to worry here, as Quantity of Life shows the Derel Monteith Trio offering plenty of both. The recording serves as an answer ...


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