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Paul Keller

Paul Matthew Keller was born March 11, 1962. He began studying the string bass at age 12. By age 16 Paul had played his first jazz gigs in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. He continued his classical music education at the University of Michigan and moved to Ann Arbor permanently in 1986.

Today, Paul is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area. He has earned the nick-name "The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan" as each year, he logs so many miles traveling across the state to perform at various music venues. At his home-base, the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, MI, Paul leads the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history. Under Paul's expert leadership, the PKO (formerly known as the Bird of Paradise Orchestra) has garnered critical and popular acclaim, accepting Washtenaw Council for the Arts "Annie Awards" and Detroit Music Awards for excellence in performing arts. Their CDs are: Hallelujah Train, Project X, BINGO!, Paris Blues, A Tribute To Count Basie and A Tribute To Benny Goodman. These recordings spotlight Paul's fine compositions and arrangements. The Paul Keller Orchestra has enjoyed two tours of Europe. The PKO performs every Monday night from 8:00 PM till 11:00 PM at the Firefly Club in Ann Arbor. PKO big band Monday nights at the Firefly Club are a beloved Ann Arbor tradition! Check out www.fireflyclub.com.

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Randy Napoleon: Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grant Green & Kenny Burrell

Read "Rust Belt Roots: Randy Napoleon Plays Wes Montgomery, Grant Green & Kenny Burrell" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One's response to jazz--indeed, to music of any kind--most often depends on where he or she is coming from. To erase any doubts about where he is coming from, guitarist Randy Napoleon has subtitled his album, Rust Belt Roots, “Plays Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell." This is music born of a Midwestern ethos: Indianapolis ...

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Even More Christmas Songs for Jazz Lovers

Label: PKO Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Joy To the World; 2. SIlver Bells; 3. The Twelve Days of Christmas; 4. It's A Christmas Song; 5. Caroling, Caroling; 6. Blue Christmas; 7. Blitzen; 8. Do You Hear What I Hear?; 9. Winter Largo; 10. There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays; 11. The Holly And The Ivy; 12. In The Bleak Midwinter; 13. Snow; 14. Winter's Song; 15. White Christmas; 16. 3/4 Christmas Medley; 17. Hallelujah Chorus

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Scott Hamilton-Harry Allen Quintet: Scott Hamilton / Harry Allen: live!

Read "Scott Hamilton / Harry Allen: live!" reviewed by Edward Blanco


What do you get when you have two great tenor saxophonists displaying their immeasurable musical chops on the same stage? Tenor madness of course, and that's exactly what is featured when you hear Scott Hamilton and Harry Allen together on Scott Hamilton/ Harry Allen: Live! , recorded in concert in 2014 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center ...

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Detroit Bop Quintet: Two Birds

Read "Two Birds" reviewed by Mark Corroto


On December 21st 1947 Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, and Max Roach recorded four Parker compositions for Savoy at United Sound Systems recording studio in Detroit, Michigan. Parker's Quintet was in town for two weeks, performing and backing Sarah Vaughan at the El Sino Club. It appears that Parker hustled to lay down ...

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Carol McCartney: Be Cool

Read "Be Cool" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Toronto native Carol McCartney records another impressive vocal statement on the breezy Be Cool cementing her reputation as one of Canada's finest jazz vocalist and building on the foundation established from her critically-acclaimed debut Night In Tunisia (CDBaby, 2007). Though presenting a selection of primarily familiar standards from the jazz cannon, the Joni-Mitchell pop tune title ...

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Dave Bennett: Don't Be That Way

Read "Don't Be That Way" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Clarinetist Dave Bennett's Don't Be That Way is a throwback album, but it's not a carbon copy of what's come before. Bennett certainly finds inspiration in the work of past masters, driving down the highways and byways that have been paved by Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman and others, but he's willing to look at ...

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35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party

Read "35th Paradise Valley Jazz Party" reviewed by Patricia Myers


35th Paradise Valley Jazz PartyMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZApril 21-22, 2012A kaleidoscopic history of jazz was delivered during three sessions of the 35th annual Paradise Valley Jazz Party, from post-bop, ballads and blues to a swinging recreation of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France.Peak moments that elicited the ...

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Scott Hamilton: Half Moon Bay, CA, September 4, 2011

Read "Scott Hamilton: Half Moon Bay, CA, September 4, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam


Scott Hamilton and the Larry Vuckovich QuintetDouglas Beach House aka Bach Dancing & Dynamite SocietyHalf Moon Bay, CaliforniaSeptember 4, 2011 The Douglas Beach House was honored with the appearance of tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton and pianist Larry Vuckovich's quintet-- a stellar band comprised of some of the best in jazz, ...

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Larry Vuckovich: Somethin' Special

Read "Somethin' Special" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Pianist Larry Vuckovich made his recording debut as a leader with Blue Balkan (Inner City Records, 1980), although his playing career began in the '50s, after he arrived in the United States from his native Yugoslavia as a teenager. His recorded output as a leader has been relatively sparse--around a dozen albums--but he's carved out a ...


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