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Keith Gamble began playing clarinet in fourth grade, and by age 16 tenor saxophone. His High School music teacher Ernest Rodgers was a major influence in his life as he taught Keith Gamble to play saxophone. While a student Keith Gamble began playing professionally with a disco/top 40`s group called the Unique Experience Band. The Unique Experience Band mostly played cabaret halls in Detroit from 1975-1978. Also during this period Keith Gamble began playing with the New Detroit Jazz Development Workshop under the direction of trumpeter Marcus Belgrave.

During his college years from 1978-1982, Keith Gamble attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI. While at Oakland University Keith Gamble studied saxophone with Dr. James Dawson, and jazz improvisation with saxophonist Sam Sanders. Gamble was also a member of the Afram Jazz Ensemble at Oakland University, under the direction of Marvin “Doc” Holiday.

From 1982-1986, Keith Gamble played clarinet and tenor saxophone with the Charles Young Post American Legion Concert and Marching Band; Carl Carlton on his promotional performance of his big hit “She`s a Bad Mama Jama”, and tenor saxophone for WDIV`s “Go For It” promotional campaign. After graduating from Oakland University with a B.S. in Music Education in 1987. Keith Gamble would go on to teach, and while teaching Keith Gamble continued his playing career with performances at Alexander`s in Detroit with pianist Jay Johnson, and leading his own group called Keith Gamble and Intensity, with performances at the Jazz Development Workshop in Detroit, and Frog Island Jazz Competition in Ypsilanti, MI. Keith Gamble also composed, performed, and was musical director for the stage play “When Mama Cries Why?” at the Paul Roberson Theatre inside the Northwest Activity Center in Detroit. 1987 also saw Keith Gamble playing tenor saxophone with percussionist Greg Williams and Vibrations at the Detroit Jazz Development Workshop.

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”Gamble soaring on tenor sax like Sonny Rollins working out in solitude on a lonely bridge.” - Muskegon Chronicle.

“There was a sermon-like chant of the tenor sax” - Muskegon Chronicle.

“Gamble`s passionate statement of the theme” - Muskegon Chronicle.

“Blues-flavored laments and love calls” - Muskegon Chronicle.

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Album Meaning, Truth, and Understanding by Keith Gamble

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Self Produced
2010

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