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Roger Kellaway (born November 1, 1939) is an American composer, arranger, and pianist.[1]

Life and careerEdit

Born in Waban, Massachusetts, he is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory. Kellaway has composed commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and jazz big band, as well as for film, TV, ballet and stage productions. One of his early mentors, the late Phil Saltman, was his piano teacher and ran a summer music camp called ENCORE in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

In 1964 Roger Kellaway was a piano side man for bandleader-producer Boris Midney’s group The Russian Jazz Quartet's album "Happiness" on the ABC/Impulse jazz records label. Album credits: Boris Midney composer-arranger, alto sax & clarinet. Igor Berukshtis bass. Roger Kellaway piano (also arranged the standards "Secret Love" and Irving Berlin's "Remember"). Grady Tate drums. George Ricci cello and viola. The album was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio.

Kellaway wrote and played the closing theme, "Remembering You" for the TV sitcom All in the Family, which ran from 1971 to 1979, and its spinoff Archie Bunker's Place (1979-1983).

In 1970 Kellaway formed the Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet with cellist Edgar Lustgarden, bassist Chuck Domanico and percussionist Emil Richards. The group's piece "Come to the Meadow" was used as the theme for the NPR program Selected Shorts. For a 1978 album Nostalgia Suite, the group became a quintet with drummer Joe Porcaro added.

On November 7 and 8, 2008 Kellaway served as band leader and pianist during the Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl concerts by Van Morrison, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the acclaimed album that was released in November 1968. Featured also is guitarist Jay Berliner, who played on the album.

Kellaway received an Oscar nomination for Best Adaptation Score for the film A Star Is Born (1976), and a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Eddie Daniels album Memos from Paradise (1988). Guitarist Robben Ford credits Kellaway and Tom Scott as a major influence on his musical development, whom he met while playing for Joni Mitchell.[2] Kellaway was featured on Ilya Serov's original rendition of Django Reinhardt's song "Swing 42" in 2017. [1]

DiscographyEdit

As leaderEdit

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1963 A Portrait of Roger Kellaway Regina Some tracks trio, with Ben Tucker (bass), Dave Bailey (drums); some tracks quartet, with Jim Hall (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Tony Inzalaco (drums)[3]
1965 The Roger Kellaway Trio Prestige Trio, with Russell George (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)[4]
1966? Stride! With Red Mitchell (bass), John Guerin (drums), strings, brass[5]
Solo Piano Dobre
1970 Cello Quartet A&M With strings; Joe Pass (guitar) added on two tracks[6]
1972? Center of the Circle A&M With various[7]
1974? Come to the Meadow A&M With Edgar Lustgarten (cello), Chuck Domanico (bass), Emil Richards (drums)[8]
1978? Nostalgia Suite Discwasher With various[9]
1970? Say That Again Dobre Solo piano; Kellaway adds vocals on two tracks[10]
1981? Live at Michael's Pub Jazz Mania Duo, with Dick Hyman (piano); in concert[11]
1982 As It Happened, Vol. 1 Quartet, with Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Chuck Domanico (bass), John Guerin (drums); in concert[12]
1986? Ain't Misbehavin' Solo piano[13]
1986 In Japan All Art Jazz Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with John Goldsby (bass), Terry Clarke (drums); some tracks quartet, with Valery Ponomarev (trumpet) added[14]
1987 Fifty-Fifty Stash Records With Red Mitchell (bass), Brad Terry (whistling)[14]
1987 The Art of Interconnectedness Challenge In concert[6]
1988 Alone Together Dragon Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass)[3]
1989 Some o' This and Some o' That Dragon With Putte Wickman (clarinet), Red Mitchell (bass)[6]
1991 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Eleven Concord Jazz Solo piano; in concert[3]
1991 That Was That Dragon With Jan Allan (trumpet), Red Mitchell (bass)[3]
1992 Roger Kellaway Meets The Duo: Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore Chiaroscuro Trio, with Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Michael Moore (bass)[6]
1992 Life's a Take Concord Jazz Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass); in concert[14]
1993? Windows With Emil Richards (marimba), Chuck Domanico (bass), Joe Porcaro and Bob Zimmitti (percussion), Fred Seykora (cello)[15]
1995? Inside & Out Concord Duo, co-led with Ruby Braff (cornet)[16]
2004? I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook IPO Solo piano[17]
2004 Remembering Bobby Darin IPO Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar), Dan Lutz (bass)[18]
2006? Heroes IPO Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar) Brad Lutz (bass)[19]
2008? Live at the Jazz Standard IPO With Russell Malone (guitare), Jay Leonhart (bass), Stefon Harris (vibraphone), Borislav Strulev (cello); in concert[20]
2012? Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe IPO Most tracks duo, co-led with Eddie Daniels (clarinet); some tracks trio, with James Holland (cello) added; in concert[21]
2018? New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 Summit Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)

As arrangerEdit

With Melanie

With Carmen McRae

With Diane Schuur

With Liza Minnelli

  • Gently (Angel, 1996)

With Robben Ford

  • Supernatural (GRP, 1999)

With Gary Lemel

  • Moonlighting (Warner, 1999)

As sidemanEdit

With Kenny Burrell

With The Russian Jazz Quartet

With Stan Getz

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With Jimmy Knepper

With Herbie Mann

With Mark Murphy

With Oliver Nelson

With Sonny Rollins

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Zoot Sims

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry

With Ben Webster

With Kai Winding

With Jimmy Witherspoon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  2. ^ "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". Blues Revolution, True Fire. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. p. 608. ISBN 0-14-015364-0.
  4. ^ "Prestige Records Catalog: 7300 Series". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Stride!". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 811–812. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  7. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Center of the Circle". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Come to the Meadow". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Nostalgia Suite". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Say That Again". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dick Hyman: Live at Michael's Pub". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: As It Happened, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Ain't Misbehavin'". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. pp. 736–738. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.
  15. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Windows". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Ruby Braff: Inside & Out". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  17. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  18. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Roger Kellaway: Remembering Bobby Darin". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  19. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Heroes". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  20. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  21. ^ Collar, Matt. "Roger Kellaway: Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.

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