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Roger Kellaway

A virtuosic pianist whose phenomenal technique competitors Dick Hyman’s, Roger Kellaway’s function in commercial configurations before the 1980s resulted in him being initially overlooked within the jazz globe. He performed piano and bass at the brand new Britain Conservatory (1957-1959) and also left school to try out bass with Jimmy McPartland. Switching completely to piano, Kellaway found experience dealing with Kai Winding, Al Cohn/Zoot Sims, and Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer (1963-1965). He documented numerous players, including Ben Webster, Maynard Ferguson, Wes Montgomery, and Sonny Rollins, and in 1966 shifted to LA where he used Don Ellis’ innovative orchestra. Kellaway became Bobby Darin’s musical movie director, worked within the studios (his piano can be noticed playing the theme of most in the Family members), had written film scores, attempted electric keyboards, used Tom Scott, and documented with his well-known (but mainly non-jazz) Cello Quartet. Although he gigged locally with Zoot Sims and Harry “Sweets” Edison, it had been not before middle-’80s that Kellaway began playing jazz almost full-time. His many information since that time (for Concord, All Artwork, Stash, and Chiaroscuro) verify his impressive abilities.

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