Born: November 1, 1939 Primary Instrument: Piano
Roger Kellaway has been described as a musical chameleon and the most awesome jazz pianist quite possibly anywhere on earth. His discography runs to more than two hundred albums. He's performed with everyone from Elvis to Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie to Yo Yo Ma, Joni Mitchell to Mancini and Quincy Jones to Michael Tilson Thomas.
Kellaway is not only a major pianist, he is a composer of protean ability, writing in the jazz, classical and popular music fields, and scoring for films and television. His acclaimed Cello Quartet albums for A&M (recently re-released on Verve) are described by some as crossover, chamber jazz, and by others as the beginning of New Age music. They were the first in an eclectic array of projects beginning in the 1960’s. Roger's commissions included a ballet for George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet, orchestral pieces for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The National Symphony, the New American Orchestra and a variety of chamber works for Carnegie Hall performances, ending with the world premiere of his concerto, Songs of Ascent, commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Zubin Mehta, conductor. Roger later conducted the second performance with The Sapporo Symphony....