IF you happen to be at the JEN convention this weekend, I will have copies of the new edition of the Jazz Chord/Scale Handbook with me – save the postage and take one home with you. This all-new edition is selling steadily and available exclusively from Gary Keller Music. Click the link above to see detailed description and endorsements. The new edition features expanded content and revisions reflecting insights gained from my teaching and performing since the original edition was published in 1998. Price is $25 plus postage and handling, can remit via PayPal or Venmo, To order send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and preferred payment method. Please be aware that the current book is substantially expanded and revised from the earlier edition on Advance Music, which is out of print and unavailable. Beware discounted copies of the old edition, which are now showing up online as people replace their original copies!
I’ll be doing a clinic and playing in the evening at my undergrad alma matter S.U.N.Y. Fredonia Saturday March 2, and also as a jazz camp on lake Erie August 18-22. Details will be announced and all gigs are posted on the “upcoming appearances” link on my home page.
You will enjoy these inspirational arrangements of holiday music done by the one-and-only Gary Lindsay. Parts were recorded around the US and sent to Gary, who did the rest (clarinet, keyboards, strings, etc.) Beautiful stuff!:
I have been cajoled to come out of retirement and teach for one day a week at the New World School of the Arts, the high school both my kids attended and also the winner and finalist in more Essentially Ellington Competitions that can be counted. It’s a nice change to be working with the younger kids, so energetic and into it. Jim Gasior has a truly amazing program going on there!
Fans of my dear friend and mentor Ron Miller will be excited to hear that The Regions Tribute to Ron Miller is now available digitally on Spotify, with other outlets soon to come. Former students of Ron’s have banded together to create an album of some of his iconic tunes, under the direction of producer Jon Gilutin. This pandemic project was done all remotely in our individual home studios and it sounds pretty awesome thanks to Jon’s keyboard and production prowess. These are all new approaches and fresh arrangements on ten great tunes!! My particular contribution was on the tune “Men in White.” Hope you like it.
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 lead the sax section on this recording.
Even older but not too old stuff:
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.
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