Keith Hollis Keith Hollis

Keith Hollis Ladinsky was born in Los Angeles in the spring of 1975. He was raised in a musical family and started piano lessons at age 7. Keith attended middle school and high school at Crossroads School for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA. At 15 years old Keith began performing with Mickey Champion, Evans “Neckbone” Walker and Rick Taub at the original Babe and Ricky's Inn in South Los Angeles. While at Babe and Ricky's Inn Keith was helping alone by B.B. Kings pianist James Rudy. Mr. Rudy was a kind and inspiring mentor would let Keith stand behind him and watch his hands while he was playing. At the same time Keith's best friend Joseph exposed Keith to the mighty sounds of Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Hodges. Before long Keith was fully immersed into blues, and jazz music. Keith attended U.C.L.A. and New England Conservatory where he studied jazz piano performance with Panamanian composer Danilo Perez. Keith got ahold of his first Hammond Organ and Leslie speaker and recorded his first funk record with “JP and Rebellion”, which included 3 of Keith's original compositions and members of the Greyboy All-Stars. In 2005 Keith started his own organ group “Keith Hollis and the Po' Boyz” performing original music. Po Boyz, which Keith still performs with and leads, plays original high energy organ funk- rock and soul-jazz.

Keith toured United States, Europe, Japan, and Africe as keyboardist for Grammy Award winning, and Rock and Roll Hall of fame, singer Solomon Burke until his passing in October 2010. Keith recently backed English soul singer Joss Stone, performed the funk with saxophonist Candy Dulfer and played NOLA Jazz Fest with Solomon Burke and members of the Blind Boys of Alabama. While on tour with Solomon Burke Keith was blessed enough to stage with Carlos Santana, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Maceo Parker, Buddy Guy, Joan Baez and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Keith has been lucky enough to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonaroo Music Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Nontrodden Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Music Festival, Roskilde Music Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, The Hollywood Bowl and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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Tags

Primary Instrument

Organ, Hammond B3

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Keith's treaches intermediate and advanced organ and piano students in funk, blues, rock and jazz improvisation

Photos

Albums by Keith Hollis

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