Calvin Keys

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Calvin Keys
Born(1943-02-06)February 6, 1943
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
GenresJazz, soul jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsElectric guitar
Years active1969–present
LabelsBlack Jazz, Wide Hive
Associated actsRay Charles, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith

Calvin Keys is an American jazz guitarist, known for the several albums he released for Black Jazz Records.[1]

Keys has performed and recorded with Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Marshall, Sonny Stitt, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson and Leon Williams.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Shawn-Neeq (Black Jazz, 1971)
  • Proceed with Caution! (Black Jazz, 1974)
  • Criss Cross (Ovation, 1977)
  • Full Court Press (Olive Branch, 1985)
  • Maria's First (1987)
  • Standard Keys (Lifeforce, 1997)
  • Detours into Unconscious Rhythms (Wide Hive, 2000)
  • Touch (Olive Branch, 2000)
  • An Evening With Calvin Keys (Lifeforce, 2003)
  • Calvinesque (Silverado, 2005)
  • Vertical Clearance (Wide Hive, 2006)
  • Hand Made Portrait (Silverado, 2006)
  • Electric Keys (Wide Hive, 2013)

As sideman[edit]

With Ahmad Jamal

With others

  • Azeem, Mayhem Mystics (Wide Hive, 2004)
  • Billy Brooks, Windows of the Mind (Crossover, 1974)
  • Doug Carn, Adam's Apple (Black Jazz, 1974)
  • Doug Carn, Higher Ground (Ovation, 1976)
  • James Newton Howard, Dying Young (Arista, 1991)
  • Gene Russell, Talk to My Lady (Black Jazz, 1973)
  • Gene Russell, Listen Here (Ovation, 1976)


  1. ^ Allmusic Discography
  2. ^ Calvin Keys at Totally Guitars. Retrieved 2013-01-25.

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