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Primary Instrument: Saxophone

Born: October 7, 1953

Gary Keller is perhaps best known as the professor of saxophone at the University of Miami, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. In addition to his teaching he maintains an active performance schedule and he has toured/recorded/performed with a wide diversity of jazz artists and ensembles including Woody Herman, Frank Sinatra, Dave Liebman, Ira Sullivan, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jaco Pastorius, The Jaco Pastorious Big Band, Maria Schnieder, Jim McNeely, Manny Album, Billy Hart, Kenny Werner, Adam Nussbaum, Chico O'Farrill, Kenny Wheeler, Clare Fischer, and the University of Miami Concert Jazz Band. He has also performed/recorded with the Florida Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Naples Symphony, St Petersburg (Russia) Symphony, Chamber Music Palm Beach, and the American Jazz Philharmonic....
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”Keller's round, burnished tenor . . . is firmly rooted in jazz tradition with frequent nods and winks to the blues.” Derek Taylor, Cadence Magazine

“Gary is long overdue to be properly recorded and especially doing the tunes of his long time compatriot Ron Miller. These are intricate and well thought out compositions, played impeccably and with inspiration by Gary and the stellar group he assembled. You will enjoy this artistic recording.” David Liebman

***(*) “Miller's tunes are an exemplary bunch.... A thinkers delight...extremely well done.” Penguin Jazz

“One couldn't ask for a more special group of players to perform the wonderful music of Ron Miller...

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Music

Featured recording “Fourtified”

Fourtified

Fourtitude
2008

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