PKO is
leader, string bass:
Paul Keller
vocalist:
Sarah D'Angelo
piano:
Duncan McMillan
drums:
Pete Siers
saxophones:
Andrew Bishop
Ben Jansson
Keith Kaminski
Paul Klinger
Brian Romeo
Bobby Streng

trumpets:
Brandon Cooper
Paul Finkbeiner

Patrick Hession
trombones:
Brooks Barnes
Gene Bartley
Terry Kimura

The Keller/Kocher Quartet

Paul Keller Trio @ Cliff Bell's

The Paul Keller Orchestra turns 22 years old!

The Paul Keller Orchestra is one of Michigan's finest, oldest, most-respected and well-traveled jazz big bands. The PKO has held forth every Monday night, for over twenty two years, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, first at the Bird of Paradise Jazz Club (13 years), then at the Firefly Club on Ashley Street (6 years), then at the New Firefly Club on Main Street (2 years), then at The Keystone Martini Bar (1 year) in Ypsilanti AND NOW at their NEW MONDAY NIGHT HOME: Zal Gaz Grotto located at 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard on the west side of Ann Arbor. Since its inception in 1989 by string bassist, composer and arranger Paul Keller, the PKO has maintained the highest standards of musical excellence and has enjoyed providing top-quality jazz and entertainment to their loyal fan base. The PKO's voluminous library of over 1,000 arrangements includes classic, obscure and original big band material from the entire history of jazz.

The Paul Keller Orchestra's website is www.pkorecords.com.

Join the PKO's Jazz Friends email list and receive periodic updates on Paul Keller's and the PKO's upcoming jazz events. Just email Paul at kellermusic@comcast.net and let him know that you'd like to be added to his Jazz friends email list.


The PKO has garnered great popular and critical acclaim accepting the 1998 and 2000 Washtenaw Council For The Arts Awards for Musical Excellence and the 2003 and 2007 Detroit Music Awards for Best Big Band. The Paul Keller Orchestra has recorded seven CDs, enjoyed two European tours, and performed at nearly every Michigan music festival, including the Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival, the Michigan Jazz Festival, the Pine Mountain Music Festival, the

Petoskey Jazz Festival, the Warren Jazz Festival, the Flint Jazz Festival, the City of Saginaw's Big Band night, the Detroit Festival of Arts, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, the Marshall Swing, Jazz and Other Stuff Festival and the Michigan Festival.The The PKO has also thrilled audiences at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall, Petoskey's Perry Hotel, the Grosse Pointe Summer Music Series, Bay City's State Theatre, Windsor's State Theatre, the Windsor/Detroit Jazz Club, the Plymouth First United Methodist Church Music Series, the Birmingham First United Methodist Church Music Series and the West Michigan Jazz Society. The PKO has played for wildly successful events including the Michigan Ballroom Dance Competition and the American Music Research Foundation's Big Band Boogie Woogie Bash at the Royal Oak Music Theatre (a popular TV show that has been re-broadcast many times on PBS).

In concert, the PKO has accompanied many great jazz artists including saxophonists Red Holloway, Larry Nozero (Henry Mancini) and Arno Marsh (Woody Herman, Buddy Rich), clarinetists Henry Questa (Lawrence Welk), Jim Wyse (PKO CD: A Tribute To Benny Goodman) and Dave Bennett (Tribute To Benny Goodman), drummer Jeff Hamilton (Oscar Peterson), trumpeters Fred Radke (Tribute To Harry James) and Walter White, vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Four Freshmen, Sunny Wilkinson, Mark Randissi (Sounds of Sinatra) and Ryan DeHues, and pianists James Dapogny, Ellen Rowe, Charles Boles, Mr. B, Bob Seeley, Axel Zwingenberg, and Eddie Russ.

One of the PKO's proudest on-going achievements has been the creation and maintenance of the PKO Jazz Student Outreach Program in which Keller invites Michigan middle school, high school and college jazz big bands to share the spotlight with the PKO. Each band plays a set of its own prepared material and then the PKO invites the students to join the pros on stage for sight reading, improvisation and on-the-spot musical training. For many of the participants, this is their very first interaction with professional musicians performing in front of a LIVE audience. The encouragement and support they receive from the PKO members is an inspirational and life-changing learning experience that is immediately reflected in the joyful, smiling faces of these talented young people. Over the years, the PKO Jazz Student Outreach Program has made a positive impact in the lives of over 5,000 student musicians!

The PKO is leader/bassist Paul Keller; pianist Duncan McMillan; drummer Pete Siers; saxophonists Keith Kaminski, Ben Jansson, Bobby Streng, and Paul Klinger; trumpeters Patrick Hession, Brandon Cooper, Paul Finkbeiner and Jimmy Smith; trombonists Tony Buccilli, Terry Kimura and Brooks Barnes. Singer Sarah D'Angelo is an important part of every PKO performance, supplying grace, wit and delightful vocals from the Great American Songbook.

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