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Gary Keller tenor sax

It’s wonderful to be vaccinated and to play music and hang out with vaccinated friends without precautions, but the big news for me is that I am winding down my final semester at the University of Miami Frost School of Music after 39 years on the faculty. Yikes, doesn’t seem like that long. So future updates are going to look more like those of a full time player than those of a college professor!

I’m looking forward to frequent travel, composing, arranging, practice, study of other instruments and genres of music, and for the first time in memory having unfettered schedule. 

Fans of my dear friend and mentor Ron Miller will be excited to hear of this project: The Regions Tribute to Ron Miller .  Former students are friends have banded together to create an album of some of Ron’s iconic tunes, under the direction of producer Jon Gilutin. You can help defray the cost by donating on the projects go fund my page in the link above. You can hear the project on Jon’s SoundCloud page: https://soundcloud.com/jongilutin. This pandemic project was all remotely from our home studios and it sounds pretty awesome. All new takes and fresh arrangements of these great tunes!!

Slightly less recent developments:

I am also pleased to see the release of Cheap Thrills featuring the music of tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza by the South Florida Jazz Orchestra. I was a treat to leading the sax section on this recording. I’d also like to shout out Troy Robert’s newest album Stuff I Heard. Troy has outdone itself on this one, playing bass as well as multiple saxophones.

Even older stuff:

The new year did bring some pleasant developments. I’m very happy to announce Brian Lynch’s new big band album The Omni-American Book Club has won the Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Recording. You can hear me blow alongside Dave Liebman on the 4th track “The Trouble With Elysium.” Crazy chords! The sax section is all Frost alums and my former students, anchored by lead Alto Tom Kelley. Frost jazz sax alum Michael Thomas’ Terazza Big Band has also been nominated in the same category, and features another of our NY based sax alums, Troy Roberts (not to mention a number Frost grads on other instruments filling out the band)

Please check out the the South Florida Jazz Orchestra’s’ wonderful new release of the music of Gary Lindsay, “Are We Still Dreaming”.  I’m supremely honored to be performing on this recording alongside so many gifted musicians. Gary’s music is beautiful, unique, and eminently satisfying on every level. This recording is long overdue. Still waiting to hear about the release of the SFJO’s recording of the music of Rick Margitza. Stay tuned! I hear it will be soon!

And still older links (these will take a while to load – be patient!:

Presentation at the 2018 IASJ meeting

JEN Conference presentation Jan 2018

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

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
   together?
   We need to hear it – but what is “it”?
   Are there any shortcuts?
   What can we learn from completely intuitive “ear”  players?

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