Born: June 9, 1975 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Los Angeles and Boston based pianist/organist/composer KEITH HOLLIS LADINSKY has recently toured Europe on Hammond organ backing Grammy Award Winner Solomon Burke . Keith as also recently performed on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Keiths organ trio The Po Boyz have recently backed up Soulive sax player Sam Kininger on a California headline tour in April of 2006. Keith Hollis and the Po Boyz have also headlined major rooms across the Northeast included, The Chicken Box in Nantucket, The Ale House in Portland, ME; Harpers Ferry in Boston as well as a sold out show with fellow organist Marco Benevento from The Duo . The Po Boyz also played their first show on Frenchman Street in New Orleans during the 2005 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Keith grew up in a musical household. Keiths father Gary is a well accomplished recording Engineer in Los Angeles, CA. Keith attended a performing arts H.S. in Santa Monica, CA and continued college studies in jazz, blues and North Indian classical music at U.C.L.A. and at NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC in Boston, MA. Keith studied jazz privately with Panamanian jazz pianist/composer Danilo Perez ; drummer/percussionist Bob Moses and sitarist/ethnomusicoligist Peter Row.
Keith current projects include Solomon Burke JRs solo record, Keith played all the Hammond parts, as well as ORGAN NIGHT 2006, a monthly free concert series featuring drum master Rakalam Bob Moses and the Po Boyz.
KEITH HOLLIS AND THE PO' BOYZ : HIGH ON THE BAYOU
Los Angeles and Boston based Hammond Organist and composer Keith Hollis puts together his first solo effort from behind the organ exploring his roots in the blues and his love of the Bayou and sounds and rhythms of New Orleans. Teaming up again with Barnstorm bandmate Sean “Buzzy” Mannion on drums and slide guitarist Cory Williams. Keith has assembled a brilliant CD full of soulful funk grooves, down-home blues and Bayou jams. The full and screaming sound of the Hammond B-3 pairs brilliantly with the electric slide guitar as Keith pays homage to one of his childhood heroes, slide guitar virtuoso Duane Allman, on the albums opening cut “One For Duane.” “High On The Bayou,” the albums title track is another excellent exploitation of the Hammond and slide guitar's ability to bring your ears and heart way down south. Keith changes gears and pays homage to his first love, the blues, on two tracks with Louisiana born vocalist Mickey Champion and New Orleans born blues guitar wizard Rodney “BR” Millon. The first being a slow rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow” and Keith’s up tempo gospel/blues “Filet Millon.”
Produced by Keith Hollis and Gary Ladinsky
Recorded by Gary Ladinsky at Sage and Sound Recording, Hollywood, CA Mixed by Gary Ladinsky at Design Fx Audio Remote Recording, Burbank, CA
Keith Hollis and the Po’ Boyz
Keith Hollis, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes Sean “Buzzy” Mannion, trap drums, percussion Rodney “BR” Millon, guitar Dan Schlessinger, sax Cory Williams, slide guitar, guitar
Keith Hollis and the Po' Boyz are available for touring in the Northeast as well as the west coast. Keith Hollis always plays a real Hammond Organ on tour.