Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Keith McKelley’s energetic talent transcends genres with a rich, beautiful tone that travels the edgy frontiers of jazz, rock, R&B, funk, hiphop, and gospel. From the age of ten, Keith’s affinity with the golden sound of the saxophone took root, inspired by musicians like David Sanborn, John Coltrane, and Kirk Whalum. Beyond the greats, Keith’s inspiration came from closer to home – from listening to jazz with his mother, church performances, and witnessing the incredible connection between performers and their audiences. “It’s nice to feel part of something that can potentially make somebody’s life go a little better at the moment,” he says of his love of music. Since then, Keith has performed with some of the best artists in the business, sharing the stage with Secu Bunch, Angela Bofill, Humberto Ramirez ,Micki Howard, Marcus Johnson and Bob James. He also toure; and has opened for Wayman Tisdale, Marlon Meadows, Special EFX, Richard Smallwood, Larnelle Harris, Jesse Dixon, and Michael Terry. He has released two CD's 'Keith McKelley' and Eclectic Christmas and is a professional endorser of Theo Wanne Mouthpieces and Cannonball Saxophones.