Sunday, July 30, 2017

A Jazz Portrait of Roger Kellaway

A virtuosic pianist whose phenomenal technique rivals Dick Hyman's, Roger Kellaway's work in commercial settings prior to the 1980s led to him being initially overlooked in the jazz world. He played piano and bass at the New England Conservatory (1957-1959) and actually left school to play bass with Jimmy McPartland. Switching permanently to piano, Kellaway picked up experience working with Kai Winding, Al Cohn/Zoot Sims, and Clark Terry/Bob Brookmeyer (1963-1965). He recorded with many players, including Ben Webster, Maynard Ferguson, Wes Montgomery, and Sonny Rollins, and in 1966 moved to Los Angeles where he played with Don Ellis' innovative orchestra. Kellaway became Bobby Darin's musical director, worked in the studios (his piano is heard playing the theme of All in the Family), wrote film scores, experimented with electric keyboards, played with Tom Scott, and recorded with his popular (but mostly non-jazz) Cello Quartet. Although he gigged locally with Zoot Sims and Harry "Sweets" Edison, it was not until the mid-'80s that Kellaway started playing jazz nearly full-time. His many records since then (for Concord, All Art, Stash, and Chiaroscuro) attest to his impressive talents.
Scott Yanow 

Source :

A Jazz Portrait of
Roger Kellaway


1 Double Fault (Kellaway)  6:17
2 Step Right Away (Kellaway)  5:25
3 Here Today, Gone Tommorow (Halo, Kellaway)  5:42
4 Black Wall Tunnel Blues (Sonnastine)  4:40
5 Crazy She Calls Me (Sigman, Russell)  5:52
6 Broken Windmill (Bechet)  3:05
7 Same Old, Same Old (Kellaway)  3:10
8 And Elsewhere (Kellaway)  5:11
9 Cinderella (Kellaway)  3:15


[# 1, 3, 5 & 9]
Roger Kellaway - p
Ben Tucker - b
Dave Bailey - dr
[# 2, 7 & 8]
Roger Kellaway - p
Jim Hall - g
Steve Swallow - b
Tony Inzalaco - dr
[# 4 & 6]
Roger Kellaway - p

Recorded in New York City ; 1963.


jazzmusician said...

great piano player !!!
thanks a lot

neil said...

Saw him live in London last night, with Guy Barker, trumpet, Pihil Donkin, bass, and guest vocals by Ian Shaw.
Amazing to hear a pianist who played with Eric Dolphy!

Pippo said...

I had him as a orchestration teacher in LA 1981, great guy great musician. Thank You Melanchthon.

Terry said...

Mostly, I'd been familiar with his work from the Clark Terry- Brookmeyer sessions. So this has advanced my knowledge of Kellaway's style. Thanks.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

John Pickworth said...

Much appreciated !

wouter said...

thank you, mel!

deGallo said...

thank you

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

hepcat said...

Many thanks.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks.

Kovina Kris said...

I have a couple things by Kellaway and they are quite good. I am especially looking forward to the tunes with Swallow/Hall. Thank you very much!

musician3 said...


Angel said...

Thank you. can't believe!

Anonymous said...

what a team, thanks so much dear MM.