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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 Jul 18, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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.

Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:45pm - 5:45pm
Michigan Jazz Festival
VisTaTech Center, 18600 Haggerty Rd, Livonia, MI 48152, USA
Paul Keller performs twice at the 2019 Michigan Jazz Festival: Concert #1 is from 1:45 till 2:45 PM with The Paul keller AT SUNDOWN Quintet (Keller, Sarah D'Angelo, Steve Wood, Duncan McMillan and Zac Adleman); Concert #2 is from 4:45 till 5:45 PM with The Detroit Tenors (Steve Wood, Carl Cafagna, Keller, Scott Gwinell, Sean Dobbins). Held annually at Schoolcraft College in the Vista Tech Center, the all-day Michigan Jazz Festival is FREE and open to the public.

Mon Jul 22, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Keller/Kocher Quintet at Zal Gaz Grotto
Zal Gaz Grotto Club, 2070 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, USA
The Keller/Kocher Quintet performs fun, swinging, straight-ahead jazz throughout the summer on Monday nights. Paul Keller on bass and Cary Kocher on vibraphone lead their band of Adam Mosley, guitarist Matt LoRusso and drummer David Alvarez as they present music from their heroes George Shearing, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Benny Goodman and Lionel Hampton. Good food and drink at Zal Gaz Grotto.

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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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