Born: March 16, 1960 Primary Instrument: Piano
CURRENT PROJECT: Brian Kelly is currently producing a contemporary jazz album of his own compositions featuring sax player Eric Crystal(Boz Scaggs, Vijay Iyer...), trumpet player Mike Olmos (Etta James, Pete Escovedo...), and drummer David Rokeach (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles). Stay tuned! =============================================
Brian Kelly is an award-winning, American composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released several critically acclaimed contemporary piano instrumental albums and published sheet music songbooks of his solo piano music.
Brian's debut album, Pools of Light, charted #1 for two months on modern instrumental radio. His second album, Afterplay, was awarded second place in the Jazz Album category of the Just Plain Folks Music Awards. was awarded #2 Contemporary Jazz Album by Independent Music Awards and Nominated for Best Instrumental Jazz Album 2009 by Just Plain Folks Music Awards. Afterplay ranked #3 on the NAR Top 100 Radio Chart for three months in a row (November 2008 thru January 2009) and was chosen as a Best of 2008 pick by Audiosyncracy. Brian is winner of the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Award for his original composition Todd Pond.
His sheet music songbooks, published by Skylight Music, include: Tomorrow's Daydream Solo Piano Songbook and Pools of Light Solo Piano Songbook.
Brian's music has been featured in television (Travel Channel), film (NBA Entertainment), in- flight programming (United, JetBlue, Continental, Southwest...), and receives airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world.
Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College and a voting member of the Recording Academy. He resides in Northern California near San Francisco.
For more information, please visit www briankelly.com
Awards:2009 - second place "Best Instrumental Jazz Album" (Afterplay) - Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
———————— 2009 - nominee "Best Instrumental Jazz Song" ("Celtic Fire", track #8 from Afterplay album) - Just Plain Folks Music Awards.
———————— 2005 nominee "Best New Artist" - NAR Lifestyle Music Awards.
———————— 1990 Winner of Keyboard Magazine's 5th Annual Reader's Soundpage Contest - Flexi Disc of winning composition, "Todd Pond", included in Feb. 1990 issue.
Brian Kelly, Pools of Light (Skylight Music, 2005)
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