Gary Keller tenor sax


May 17, 2018

Guest teaching at the Amsterdam Conservatory this week as we explore forming a study abroad exchange with the Frost School of Music. Should be in place by next spring!

Stay tunes for the release of Gary Lindsay’s big band album with the South Florida Jazz Ensemble. Happy it’s finally being released as the music and players are all great. About time! Also looking forward to the release of the SJO’s album with Rick Margitza, also this summer.

Catch myself and Kemuel Roig at Le Chat Noir on June 23rd!

Congrats to our new jazz saxophone students at Frost this coming fall! See Frost student link for details!






Gary Keller and John Hart’s 2018 JEN presentation:

Upper Structures: The Unifying Element Between Chords, Scales, and the Melodic Line:

If you were unable to get a copy of the hand out here it is:

Some of the grand questions we attempted to answer:

   Is there any logic behind all these scales, chords, and  names?
   We talk about modes, but what does “modal” mean?
   If there is just a mode name how do I know what chord to play?
   How is it voiced to get the right sound?
   Are there any principles that tie all this chord scale  theory
   We need to hear it – but what is “it”?
   Are there any shortcuts?
   What can we learn from completely intuitive or “ear”  players?

Otherwise, the spring semester beckons – The weather is beautiful in Miami and we have already hosted Dave Holland Troy Roberts, Christine Jensen, and Jacob Collier as visiting artists.  Later this semester is John Beasley, who will be leading the CJB through his Monk-estra book, and our very own artist in residence Gonzalo Rubalcaba. I’ll be appearing at some of the local jazz haunts, including the new jazz series at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center with the John Hart, John Yarling, and Adam Scone on the REAL hammond B3 organ.

Recently returned from Argentina and the 2017 Buenos Aires Jazz Festival where I performed at the BeBop Club with MARIANO LOIACONO, trumpet, PABLO RAPOSO, piano, BELEN LOPEZ, double bass, and Sir EARL GRICE, drums. All great players – full club, great venue, the audience was wonderful. Hope to return in the future!

Audition time for Frost! If you are applying I’m looking forward to hearing you!

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JEN Conference presentation Jan 2018

Miami Sax Quartet You Tube channel

Gary Keller’s YouTube Channel

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