Calvin Keys

Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1943, Calvin Keys' musical legacy began early with his father Otis Keys, a man who is still described as Omaha's greatest natural drummer. Early on in his own musical career Calvin auditioned and played guitar with such greats as Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and bassist Gerald Holts. At age 17, he first hit the road with sax player Little Walkin' Willie and then followed in his father's footsteps to Kansas City, where his first gigs were with Preston Love of the Count Basie Orchestra and The Frank Edwards Organ Trio. That foundation led to working with one of the greatest organ trios of all time‚ The Jimmy Smith Trio, and then on to working with several other organ greats: Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, and Groove Holmes.

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Discography

Maria's First
Not On Label (Calvin Weston Self-released)
1987
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Full Court Press
Not On Label (Calvin Weston Self-released)
1985
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Proceed With Caution !
Not On Label (Calvin Weston Self-released)
1974
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Gee-Gee Part 1 / Part...
Not On Label (Calvin Weston Self-released)
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Grant Green Grant Green
guitar
Charlie Hunter Charlie Hunter
guitar, 8-string
Roy Ayers Roy Ayers
vibraphone
Sonny Sharrock Sonny Sharrock
guitar, electric
Doug Carn Doug Carn
keyboard
Gary Bartz Gary Bartz
sax, alto
Lonnie Liston Smith Lonnie Liston Smith
organ, Hammond B3

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