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In Jazz, the
sound of three horns in harmony is not a new one, but Paul Keller's
arrangements and presentation offer the listener a fresh perspective
on a traditional combination. The Paul Keller Ensemble (PKE)
is a three horn jazz septet consisting of trumpet, trombone, saxophone,
piano, bass, drums and vocalist Susan Chastain. The hallmark of
this group is, of course, sterling improvised jazz solos. However,
the landscapes of Keller's arrangements are cleverly dotted with
signposts for the listener, including riffs, interludes, backgrounds,
shout choruses and lots of melody. The result is a jazz band whose
performances are entertaining, energetic, engaging, accessible and
fun to experience.
The Paul Keller
Ensemble's repertoire is vast and varied, consisting of familiar
standards to more adventurous fare in the style of Art Blakey and
the Jazz Messengers. The PKE plays the many creative arrangements
and compositions of its leader Paul Keller. Of special interest
is Keller's 2008 Michigan
Jazz Suite, a compilation of 15 jazz tone poems inspired
by famous Michigan destinations, people, events and icons and filled
with vivid imagery. The Michigan Jazz Suite includes
such titles as Corn Flake (for Battle Creek, MI),
Big Mac (for the Mackinac Bridge), Tulip Time
(for Holland, MI), Cherry Jubilee (for Traverse
City, MI), Soo's Blues (for the Soo Locks), Crooked
Tree (for Petoskey, MI) and The House By The Side
Of The Road (a heart-felt tribute to legendary Detroit Tigers'
radio announcer Ernie Harwell). Paul Keller was awarded the 2009
Detroit Music AWard for Outstanding Jazz Recording for The
Michigan Jazz Suite!
2008, the PKE released their newest CD More
Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers , the eagerly awaited sequel
to Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers. More Christmas
Songs For Jazz Lovers contains performances of 13 familiar
Christmas tunes, again lovingly arranged by Keller and his bandmates
for trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, string bass and drums.
More Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers features guest
musician Cary Kocher playing 13 different percussion instruments
including glockenspeil and whistling Winter Wonderland in
duet with Keller's string bass. Another highlight is Keller's specially
assembled children's choir singing a heart-warming version of Adeste
members of the Paul Keller Ensemble are bassist Paul Keller, pianist
Ellen Rowe, drummer Sean Dobbins, trumpeter Paul Finkbeiner, trombonist
Terry Kimura and saxophonist Keith Kaminski. Charming singer Susan
Chastain is an important part of each PKE performance, supplying
grace, wit and delightful vocals from the great American songbook.
2005 PKE CD Steady Gig
features vocalist Susan Chastain with the Paul Keller Ensemble.
Susan Chastain is well-known as the owner of Ann Arbor, Michigan's
famous Firefly Club. On Steady Gig, Susan sings 11 of her favorite
standards with memorable arrangements by Keller.
PKE 2003 CD Christmas Songs For Jazz
Lovers contains performances of 12 familiar Christmas melodies
lovingly arranged by Keller and his bandmates for trumpet, trombone,
saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Christmas Songs For Jazz Lovers
is a jazz treat for anyone who loves Christmas. Each December, in
churches and concert halls across Michigan, the PKE performs special
jazz Christmas concerts featuring music from this popular CD.
Keller Ensemble's 1998 CD, entitled Tall
Corn, features seven Keller original compositions and four
standards. Keller's jazz anthem Tall Corn celebrates the season
of harvest and autumn's beauty.
Paul Keller Ensemble has excited and entertained audiences at the
Detroit Jazz Festival, the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, the
Kerrytown Concert House, the Crooked Tree Arts Center, the Southfield
Center for the Arts, the West Michigan Jazz Society, the Michigan
Festival, the Detroit Festival of the Arts, the Warren Jazz Festival,
Michigan Jazz Festival and Flint Jazz Festival, the Detroit Institute
of Arts, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Jazz Club Series. The
PKE regularly performs concerts and clinics for young audiences
at schools and colleges throughout the Great Lakes region.
is well known for his association with Diana Krall and appears on
her 1997 Grammy-nominated CD, All For You (GRP/Impulse).
Keller has performed jazz all over the world with Krall, Russell
Malone, Jeff Hamilton, Tom Saunders, Jake Hanna, Eddie Higgins and
information about the Paul Keller Ensemble, call Paul Keller at
734/484-1217 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the PKE's webpage at www.pkorecords.com.
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