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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...

Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Russ Phillips and Jeannie Lambert with PKO
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
Chicago trombonist Russ Phillips and his wife jazz singer Jeannie Lambert are the special guests of the Paul Keller Orchestra on this night. Russ Phillips is one of the best dixieland trombonists on the planet. Russ' father - Russ Phillips Sr. - was a trombonist who played with Louis Armstrong - replacing Jack Teagraden in Louis Armstrong's All Stars 1951. Russ' wife Jeannine Lambert is an excellent Chicago jazz singer. Join us for this rare appearance in Ann Arbor from two of the Windy City's best jazzers!

Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Paul Keller Orchestra at Zal Gaz Grotto
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
The 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra performs great big band jazz every Monday night at Zal Gaz Grotto. Good food and drinks at ZGG. Free parking. $10 cover charge. Under 18 admitted FREE!

Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Dixieland and Traditional Jazz with Paul Klinger's Easy Street Jazz Band
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
Cornetist/soprano saxist Paul Klinger leads his Easy Street Jazz Band every Tuesday from 5:30 till 8:30 PM at Zal Gaz Grotto. Klinger and his bandmates clarinetist Mike Jones, trombonist Terry Kimura, pianist James Dapogny, guitarist Rod McDonald, drummer Pete Siers and bassist Paul Keller perform great dixieland and traditional jazz with verve and enthustiasm. Guest singers each week include Sarah D'Angelo, Nicole Heitger and Kerry Price. A good time is always had by all! Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Free parking. $10 cover charge.

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Videos

Jeannie On The Beat - Paul Keller Orchestra

WKAR Backstage Pass #1- PKO at 2015 Lansing Jazz Festival

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