Keith McKelley’s energetic talent transcends genres with a rich, beautiful tone that travels the edgy frontiers of jazz, rock, R&B, funk, hip – hop, and gospel. From the age of ten, Keith’s deed with E.C. Scott and Nancy Harmonp affinity with the golden sound of the saxophone took root, inspired by musicians like David Sanborn, John Coltrane, and Kirk Whalum. Beyond the greats, Keith’s inspiration came from closer to home – from listening to jazz with his mother, church performances, and witnessing the incredible connection between performers and their audiences. “It’s nice to feel part of something that can potentially make somebody’s life go a little better at the moment,” he says of his love of music.
Since then, Keith has performed with some of the best artists in the business, sharing the stage with Secu Bunch, Angela Bofill, Humberto Ramirez ,Micki Howard, Marcus Johnson and Bob James. He also toure; and has opened for Wayman Tisdale, Marlon Meadows, Special EFX, Richard Smallwood, Larnelle Harris, Jesse Dixon, and Michael Terry. Currently, he is a professional endorser of Theo Wanne Mouthpieces and Cannonball Saxophones. He recently released his self-titled album Keith McKelley. What does Keith McKelley have to say about his music ? “I’m just looking to find where my voice can be heard best”.
“Keith McKelley has assembled a wonderful collection of killer grooves and great melodies for his CD debut.In addition to being a fantastic player, Keith is proving to be a great composer who knows his way aroundstudio production. I highly recommend repeated listening. Each time you’ll hear a little something more…Congratulations Keith! Can’t wait for the next CD!” BOB JAMES (Grammy Award winner/jazz keyboardist)