Born: November 13, 1954 Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic
Kelly Roberti is a world-acclaimed musician and composer from Bozeman, Montana. His musical roots reach back over forty-five years to a childhood steeped in all genres by a family of music teachers and performers. Having played his first gig at the age of 11, his experiences have led to street smart technical skills on the bass and have translated into original compositions, performances, and workshop/clinics with the legendary musical giants of our times. Roberti's style is a powerful blend of musical passion layered with an insightful grace and a spiritual edge.
Utilizing innovative techniques which break down traditional barriers yet respect their values and influences, Roberti currently teaches improvisational thought to private students on every instrument as well as technical studies. His compositional style incorporates a wide array of influences and he is an inventive arranger of popular fare. His music reflects everything from Tin Pan Alley to ethnic world music with an awareness of the underlying harmonic and rhythmic structures affecting the listener on multiple levels. Kelly also writes lyrics for many of his compositions and he is a published poet.
Roberti's prodigious and virtuosic bass performance has been heralded as both tenacious and groundbreaking. He performs in group settings and solo outings. Listeners applaud his playing as:an original and soulful improviser with chops almost unheard of until now..St. Louis Post- Dispatch.
“...earthy and meticulous bassist whose lines underpin the ensemble with roots and flair... an heir apparent to the late Charles Mingus.” LA Reader.
“True music is an indefinable communication. It is physics, philosophy, history, mathematics and to me a big dose of romance. Of course it is always about the illusive heart, and can only be what you've lived or dreamed, the pulse of our nature. I want to give to it what I have been given. I want to contribute to the tradition, the true human condition and to the next generation.” K. Roberti
A Critical and popular response indicates that Roberti is achieving this mission, both for himself and for his audiences.
Kelly Roberti has a list of over one hundred and fifty tours with musical giants and legends in jazz, rock, and world music to his credit such as Arnett Cobb, Eddie Harris, Peter Gabriel, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Flanagan, David Murray and many more. Kelly also sports an impressive array of teaching credentials at many major educational institutes. He has contributed to fifty-four recordings and is preparing two more (the next one being a ballads CD featuring Jeni Fleming, Eric Funk and Alan Fauque) as of now. Kelly has performed at nearly every major venue, both clubs and festivals, on five continents.
Colleagues A few of the musicians Kelly has worked, toured, recorded or appeared with throughout the years.
Saxophones / ReedsArnett Cobb Eddie Harris James Moody Sonny Rollins
David Murray Hank Crawford David Fathead Newman
Sonny Fortune Steve Lacy Jan Garbarek Steve Potts
Jim Pepper Paul McCandless Richie Cole Red Holloway
Carter Jefferson Kim Richmond Ken Peplowski Alan Fauque
Chuck Florence Shuichi Komiyama
Trumpet / TromboneFreddie Hubbard Woody Shaw Wynton Marsalis Hugh Ragin
Nat Adderley Jack Walrath Rasul Sidik Clay Jenkins David Scott
Gordon Vernick Rebecca Coup Franks Ray Anderson Steve Turre
Craig Harris Bill Watrous Ralph Sappington M.J. Williams
Drums / PercussionAlan Dawson Herlin Riley Sunny Murray Dennis Chambers
Andrew Cyrille Ronnie Burrage Tani Tabal Claude Ranger
Pheeroan Aklaf f John Betsch Jim Honaker Airto Keith Terry
Bobby Battle Brad Edwards Alex Platt Michael Blessing
Vibes / MarimbaBobby Hutcherson David Samuels Jay Hoggard Fred Raulston
GuitarHerb Ellis Barney Kessel Emily Remler Joe Beck Vernon Reid
Steve Cardenas Spencer Barefield Ben White Craig Hall
PianoTommy Flanagan John Hicks Jaki Byard Mose Allison
Kenny Werner D.D. Jackson Henry Butler Mal Waldron
Hilton Ruiz Dave Burrell Derek Smith Tee Carson
Claire Fischer David Benoit Ellyn Rucker Peggy Stern
Lafayette Gilchrist Bob Nell Ann Tappan Adam Platt
Bob Britten Eric Funk
VocalsMichelle Hendricks Judy Niemack Jeanne Lee Roseanna Vitro
Kellye Gray Giacomo Gates Kevin Mahogany Julie Kelly
M.J. Williams Dionne Warwick Carola Vossen Jeni Fleming
BassRay Brown Fred Hopkins Michael Bisio
Anthony Cox Bob Bowman
Rock / WorldPeter Gabriel
DancersJimmy Slyde Sarah Petronio Leela Petronio Katherine Kramer
Acia Gray Joanne Barrett Kamaria Dailey Carson Murphy
Appearances WithSteve Windwood Annie Lennox Kate Bush Dudley Moore
Huey Lewis Andy Taylor Taj Mahal Art Lande Pete Barbutti
Arnie Carruthers Rosalind Kind Buddy DeFranco Jim Hall
Kenny Burrell Martin Short Jack Jones Joe Walsh Frankie Lane
Kathy Heart Koko Taylor Jaco Pastorious Steve Clover Kostas
Harry Belafonte Dr. John Bernard Purdy Cornell Depree
Marie Osmond Jack Sheldon Conte Candoli Gene Harris
Merv Griffin Melba Moore Freda Payne Ronnie Bedford
Dick Meldonian John Klemmer Jesse Colin Young Merilee Rush
Nick Gravenites Cintia Love Philip Aaberg Fabio Patino
Kenneth Metzker Camilo Siera Earthquake Anderson Todd Vulow
Awards:2010 Montana Governor's Arts Award
Pianist, composer and music professor Eric Funk
The Late and Great Eddie Harris (Wardo)
Matthew Savery, Music Director and Conductor, The Bozeman Symphony
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Private lessons are available using Skype. Contact Kelly for times and payment information. If you already have a Skype account, find him there at kelly.roberti
What you need:
Skype account (free), computer, webcam, mic, speakers, and hi speed connection.
What to expect.
Instruction available for Bass and Improvisation studies. Curriculum will be individualized to each student. Lessons last 60-90 minutes. Study materials relevant to lesson will be provided via email.
Terms and conditions:
Four lesson minimum for $240 - ($60 per lesson) Payment is required before first lesson. Paypal is preferred. Lessons missed can be rescheduled. Lessons are geared for intermediate and advanced students.
FAQ: What is Skype?
Skype is a real time, video web conference application which enables you to communicate with anyone and anywhere for free, as if you were actually face to face in the same room.
What are the benefits of using Skype vs. meeting in person?
You can save money and time spent in traveling to the physical location. Weather will not effect the ability to have the lesson and you can have the lesson from any location you have a computer. Skype also offers the ability to record unlimited lessons for $29.95 with "Supertintin Video Call Recorder", making previous lessons available anytime.