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! =============================================...read more
2009 - second place "Best Instrumental Jazz Album"
(Afterplay) - Just Plain Folks
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
1990 Winner of Keyboard Magazine's 5th Annual Reader's
Soundpage Contest -
Flexi Disc of winning composition, "Todd Pond", included in
Feb. 1990 issue.
Pianist Brian Kelly continues his exploration of modern and smooth jazz
music with a brilliant
performance on Afterplay, a session of soft flowing grooves and a New Age
sound culminating in
one of the more unique jazz albums around.
the swing and complexity of melodic jazz and the studio precision of Steely
Dan... make a
- East Bay Express
Brian Kelly follows his brilliant debut release POOLS OF LIGHT with yet
compelling collection of originals... The musical integrity and lyrical sensitivity
that Mr. Kelly
brings to the table for his projects is clearly evident on this release. At a time
Smooth Jazz too often heads in the direction of cliché, Brian Kelly’s
AFTERPLAY is a refreshing
example of how we can keep this music genre exciting and vibrant!
There is a sense of raw and unadulterated joy in the playing that escapes
many artists. You'll
definitely want to keep your ears on this gent.
He'll be at the top of the charts before you know it ... Grand energy and style
gets a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me - very impressive!
”A talent worth watching” - Keyboard Magazine
“...POOLS OF LIGHT is a lush, sparkling journey into a beautiful world of
elegant melodies and
brilliant artistry. The music rises and falls in powerful, yet gentle, waves of
emotion... a totally
captivating collection of original compositions…” - SmoothJazz.com
“Kelly's music has that wonderful dream-like quality that comes out of the
mist and pulls you
towards the light” - New Age Reporter
“The CD has a wonderful flow and cohesiveness, creating an uplifting and
experience... Very highly recommended” - Kathy Parsons
Brian Kelly, Afterplay
(Skylight Music, 2008)
Brian Kelly, Pools of Light
(Skylight Music, 2005)
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