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Paul Keller Orchestra

One of Michigan's finest, oldest, most-respected and well-traveled jazz big bands.

Paul Keller Ensemble

The Paul Keller Ensemble (PKE) is a three horn jazz septet - a mini big band - consisting of trumpet, trombone, saxophone, piano, bass, drums and vocalist

Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quartet / Quintet

The Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quartet/Quintet features vocalist/clarinetist Sarah D'Angelo (Keller says, "Sarah is the voice of my music."), saxophonist Steve Wood, pianist Duncan McMillan and and drummer Stephen Boegehold. Their hallmark is unique tonal blend of clarinet and saxophone in harmony - a beautiful "ensemble sonority" not often heard in jazz. Clever and entertaining Keller arrangements dot the musical landscape of each AT SUNDOWN performance.

Paul Keller Trio

The Paul Keller Trio places a premium on three main goals: presenting well-organized music that reflects the ensemble of a big band within the trio context; indulging their individual muses with impressive improvisatory flights of creative fancy; and entertaining their loyal fans with an eclectic mix of familiar and not so familiar jazz repertoire.

About Paul Keller

Paul Keller

Bassist / Bandleader / Composer / Arranger

Jazz string bassist Paul Keller wear many hats: He is a well-respected master of his instrument; he is a prolific composer and an outstanding arranger of music for small and large ensembles; he is an educator, an entertainer and impresario; he is a lover of, a student of, and a proponent of The Great American Songbook; he is a successful bandleader of several different groups and he is an in-demand sideman who has performed all over the world with a myriad of jazz luminaries. Paul has earned the nick-name "The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan" as each year, he logs so many miles traveling across the state to perform at various music venues. Since 1989, Paul has led his 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra every Monday night in Ann Arbor - that over 1,300 Monday nights! The PKO plays original, obscure and classic big band material from the entire history of jazz . Under Paul's expert leadership, the PKO has garnered popular and critical acclaim including several Detroit Music Awards for excellence in performing arts.

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The Reviews

Michigan icons -- from the Mackinac Bridge to Ernie Harwell -- inspired Paul Keller's 'Michigan Jazz Suite'

interview by Mark Stryker freep.com July 14, 2011

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Calendar of Events

Next appearances...

Thu Aug 16, 2018 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Paul Keller Trio
London Chop House, 155 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Paul Keller, Sarah D'Angelo and Duncan McMillan perform every Thursday night from 6-9 PM at downtown Detroit's historic London Chop House restaurant.

Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Rick Roe and Paul Keller at Glacier Hills
Glacier Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Earhart Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, USA
Pianist Rick Roe and bassist Paul Keller present a free concert at Glacier Hills Retirement Community in The Manor.

Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Vocal Jazz Summit
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
Enjoy a Vocal Jazz Summit featuring three wonderful singers from north, south and west of Michigan: Beth Stalker (Holly), Lori LeFevre (Toledo) and Mary Rademacher (Grand Rapids). Pianist Ellen Rowe and bassist Paul Keller will accompany these three outstanding jazz singers. This concert will be presented in a Round Robin fashion; each singer has the stage a 20 minute set, then she turns it over to the next singer. Rinse and repeat from 7 till 10 PM. Our guest adult community jazz band this week is Saline Big Band combo directed by Leer Sobie; Saline Big Band combo will play set during the break. Our featured singers will also join in. In the final set, we spotlight our guest singers again in solo, duet and vocal trio style. It is with enthusiasm that we welcome these 3 talented ladies to Zal Gaz Grotto. Perhaps this is the first of many ZGG Vocal Jazz Summits at Zal Gaz Grotto. Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Free parking. No steps. Air-conditioning. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter Free. Zal Gaz Grotto is located at 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline) o the west side of Ann Arbor.

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