Roger Kellaway

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

Life and career[edit]

Kellaway was born in Waban, Massachusetts, United States.[2] He is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory.[2] Kellaway has composed commissioned works for ensembles of various sizes. He also has composed music for film, television, ballet and stage productions. Pianist Phil Saltman was one of his early mentors.

In 1964, Kellaway was a piano sideman for composer/arranger Boris Midney’s group The Russian Jazz Quartet's album Happiness on ABC/Impulse jazz records.

Kellaway composed the closing theme "Remembering You" for the television sitcom All in the Family, as well as for the opening and closing theme for the spinoff Archie Bunker's Place.

In 1970, Kellaway formed the Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet with cellist Edgar Lustgarden. Their piece "Come to the Meadow" was used as the theme for the NPR program Selected Shorts. For their 1978 album, Nostalgia Suite, the group became a quintet with drummer Joe Porcaro.

On November 7 and 8, 2008, Kellaway was bandleader and pianist for the Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl concerts by Van Morrison, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Morrison's acclaimed 1968 album.

Kellaway was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adaptation Score for 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, whom he met while playing for Joni Mitchell, as major influences on his music.[3] Kellaway was featured on Ilya Serov's original rendition of Django Reinhardt's song "Swing 42" in 2017.[4]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

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)[5]
1965 The Roger Kellaway Trio Prestige Trio, with Russell George (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)[6]
1966 Stride! World Pacific With Red Mitchell (bass), John Guerin (drums), strings, brass[7]
1967 Spirit Feel Liberty Records With Tom Scott (alto and soprano sax), Chuck Domanico (bass), John Guerin (drums), Paul Beaver (tape recorder), Red Mitchell (bass on Double Fault)
Solo Piano Dobre
1970 Say That Again Dobre Solo piano; Kellaway adds vocals on two tracks.[8] All tracks on Dobre DR 1045 LP release (p) 1978 Expression Sound, Inc.
1971 Cello Quartet A&M with strings; Joe Pass (guitar) added on two tracks[9]
1972 Center of the Circle A&M With various[10]
1974 Come to the Meadow A&M With Edgar Lustgarten (cello), Chuck Domanico (bass), Emil Richards (drums)[11]
1978 Nostalgia Suite Discwasher With various[12]
1981 Live at Michael's Pub Jazz Mania Duo, with Dick Hyman (piano); in concert[13]
1982 As It Happened, Vol. 1 Jazz Heritage Quartet, with Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Chuck Domanico (bass), John Guerin (drums); in concert[14]
1986 Ain't Misbehavin' Solo piano[15]
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[16]
1987 Fifty-Fifty Stash Records With Red Mitchell (bass), Brad Terry (whistling)[16]
1987 The Art of Interconnectedness Challenge In concert[9]
1988 Alone Together Dragon Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass)[5]
1989 Some o' This and Some o' That Dragon With Putte Wickman (clarinet), Red Mitchell (bass)[9]
1991 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Eleven Concord Jazz Solo piano; in concert[5]
1991 That Was That Dragon With Jan Allan (trumpet), Red Mitchell (bass)[5]
1992 Roger Kellaway Meets The Duo: Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore Chiaroscuro Trio, with Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Michael Moore (bass)[9]
1992 Life's a Take Concord Jazz Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass); in concert[16]
1993 Windows Angel With Emil Richards (marimba), Chuck Domanico (bass), Joe Porcaro and Bob Zimmitti (percussion), Fred Seykora (cello)[17]
1996 Inside & Out Concord Duo, co-led with Ruby Braff (cornet)[18]
2005 I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook IPO Solo piano[19]
2005 Remembering Bobby Darin IPO Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar), Dan Lutz (bass)[20]
2006 Heroes IPO Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar) Brad Lutz (bass)[21]
2008 Live at the Jazz Standard IPO With Russell Malone (guitar), Jay Leonhart (bass), Stefon Harris (vibraphone), Borislav Strulev (cello); in concert[22]
2013 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[23]
2018 New Jazz Standards Vol. 3 Summit Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)

[24]

2019 The Many Open Minds of Roger Kellaway Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar), Dan Lutz (bass).[25]

As arranger[edit]

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 sideman[edit]

With Kenny Burrell

With The Russian Jazz Quartet

With Stan Getz

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With George Harrison

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roger Kellaway | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 237. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
  3. ^ "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ "ILYA SEROV (featuring ROGER KELLAWAY) - "Swing 42"". YouTube. Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Prestige Records Catalog: 7300 Series". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Stride!". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Say That Again". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Center of the Circle". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  11. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Come to the Meadow". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Nostalgia Suite". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dick Hyman: Live at Michael's Pub". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: As It Happened, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Ain't Misbehavin'". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Windows". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  18. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Ruby Braff: Inside & Out". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  19. ^ Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  20. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Roger Kellaway: Remembering Bobby Darin". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  21. ^ Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Heroes". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  22. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  23. ^ Collar, Matt. "Roger Kellaway: Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  24. ^ "Roger Kellaway | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 29, 2021.
  25. ^ All About Jazz

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