Paul Keller draws 90 to fall jazz concert November 17, 2009Posted by eng112f09 in Jazz.
About 90 people turned out Nov. 14 to hear the Paul Keller Quartet deliver two hours of music in the Grove Music Festival’s 10th annual fall jazz concert. The concert was taped for later broadcast on Midland Community Television.
Joined by pianist Phil Kelly, sax player Ben Jansson and drummer Jimmy Ryan, Keller, right, led the group in a wide-ranging program that included songs from his two recent albums, “Swingin’ the Praise,” and “The Michigan Jazz Suite.”
The latter album won the Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Recording this year.
The quartet also worked with student musicians at H. H. Dow High School and Meridian High School. Their session with the Meridian students was funded by Grove Music Festival.
The festival is a non-profit organization that also sponsors a spring classical chamber music festival, and occasional other performances.
This was the first appearance in the Grove Festival lineup for Keller, a mainstay of the Ann Arbor jazz Scene. In addition to his quartet, he leads a 15-piece big band, The Paul Keller Orchestra, as well as a sextet, The Paul Keller Ensemble.