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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...

Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Doug Horn Trio
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
Jazz at Zal Gaz Grotto: The Doug Horn Trio Friday, July 21, 2017 from 7-10 PM Multi-saxophonist Doug Horn leads his trio with pianist Rick Roe and bassist Paul Keller through fun jazz tunes and familiar standards. Swinging, energetic, engaging, entertaining! Good food and drinks at Zal Gaz Grotto. Air-conditioning. Free parking. No steps. $10 at the door. Under 18 enter FREE! Zal Gaz Grotto - Ann Arbor's secret jazz club. Don't tell anybody that Zal Gaz Grotto is located at 2070 W. Stadium Boulevard (between Liberty and Pauline on the west side of Ann Arbor).

Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Lula's Louisianna Restaurant
Lula's Louisiana Cookhouse, 113 S Washington St, Owosso, MI 48867, USA
Paul, Keller, John, Hill, Rick Roe, Steve Wood perform 2 big sets of jazz. Great food and drinks at Lula's. And a beautiful atmosphere. Lula's is a great jazz listening room! It's well worth the drive!

Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Paul Keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet at Moriarty's Pub
Moriarty's Pub, 802 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912, USA
Paul Keller, Sarah D'Angelo, Duncan McMillan, Steve Wood and Jeff Shoup perform 2 sets of jazz in preparation for their upcoming Lansing Jazz Festival concert. Great food and drinks at Mort's.

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Jeannie On The Beat - Paul Keller Orchestra

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

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