Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra.
In '88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band with whom he's made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively, including a recent CD with Maria Muldaur entitled Naughty, Bawdy, and Blue, and a DVD with her as well.
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Joe Lang wrote for the July/August '07 issue or Jersey Jazz:
Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans is an exceptional album.
Conceived as a tribute to the city that suffered so much from the devastation
of Katrina, it is a triumph that evinces both the pain and joy of the
city....Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso assembled a company of outstanding
musicians who are steeped in the traditional jazz sounds of the Crescent City,
but who are constantly taking the music to places where it has not been
before....Kellso once again proves that his is a unique and exceptional voice
on trumpet....In addition, this album highlights his strength as a composer
who honors the tradition, but adds a personal and contemporary
sensitivity....Suffice to say that you will find that each (track) is a gem
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melodic improvisation, and collective improvisation.