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Paul Keller Quartet headlines fall jazz concert August 27, 2009

Posted by eng112f09 in Jazz, Upcoming concerts.
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pkeller_orangeshirt_smBassist Paul Keller, right, a mainstay of the Ann Arbor jazz scene, brings his quartet to Midland Nov. 14 for the 10th annual Grove Music Festival jazz concert.

The music starts at 8 p.m. at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave., Midland. Admission is $10 at the door, $5 for students.

In addition to his quartet, Keller leads a 15-piece big band, The Paul Keller Orchestra, as well as a sextet, The Paul Keller Ensemble.

He was named the Jazz Musician of the Year by the West Michigan Jazz Society in 2001; and the Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist by Detroit Music Awards in 2002. Earlier this year he was awarded the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording for his CD “The Michigan Jazz Suite.”

Joining Keller in the Midland concert are pianist Phil Kelly, drummer Jimmy Ryan, and tenor saxophonist Ben Jansson, who moved back to his home state of Michigan in 2003 after six years studying and playing with some of Canada’s leading jazz musicians.

While in town, the Keller quartet will work with student musicians at H. H. Dow and Meridian high schools.

The Grove Music Festival is a non-profit organization that sponsors a fall jazz concert, a spring classical chamber music festival, and occasional other performances.

In its decade of jazz concerts, Grove has hosted such performers as Western Jazz Quartet, saxophonist Jamey Aebersold, bassist Lynn Seaton, pianist Steve Anderson, and drummer Drori Mondlak.

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