Gary Keller tenor sax


March 21, 2018

Time and the semester marches on…lots of jazz to be played for the rest of this month with two blowing gigs this Saturday March 24th: myself and Russ Spiegel for the jazz happy hour at Neme Gastro Bar from 6-9, followed by original music with the Josiah Boornazian quintet at Le Chat Noir form 10-1 AM. For details  click the upcoming appearances link. Also I will be at Neme on Sunday March 26th and the Globe on Saturday March 31st.

Thanks to those of you who come out March 7th for my quartet with John Hart (guitar) John Yarling (drums) and Adam Scone on the (real) Hammond B3 organ at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theater.. This is a fabulous new venue, let’s all try and support it!






Gary Keller and John Hart’s 2018 JEN presentation:

Upper Structures: The Unifying Element Between Chords, Scales, and the Melodic Line:

If you were unable to get a copy of the hand out here it is:

Some of the grand questions we attempted to answer:

   Is there any logic behind all these scales, chords, and  names?
   We talk about modes, but what does “modal” mean?
   If there is just a mode name how do I know what chord to play?
   How is it voiced to get the right sound?
   Are there any principles that tie all this chord scale  theory
   We need to hear it – but what is “it”?
   Are there any shortcuts?
   What can we learn from completely intuitive or “ear”  players?

Otherwise, the spring semester beckons – The weather is beautiful in Miami and we have already hosted Dave Holland Troy Roberts, Christine Jensen, and Jacob Collier as visiting artists.  Later this semester is John Beasley, who will be leading the CJB through his Monk-estra book, and our very own artist in residence Gonzalo Rubalcaba. I’ll be appearing at some of the local jazz haunts, including the new jazz series at the South Dade Cultural Arts Center with the John Hart, John Yarling, and Adam Scone on the REAL hammond B3 organ.

Recently returned from Argentina and the 2017 Buenos Aires Jazz Festival where I performed at the BeBop Club with MARIANO LOIACONO, trumpet, PABLO RAPOSO, piano, BELEN LOPEZ, double bass, and Sir EARL GRICE, drums. All great players – full club, great venue, the audience was wonderful. Hope to return in the future!

Audition time for Frost! If you are applying I’m looking forward to hearing you!

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JEN Conference presentation Jan 2018

Miami Sax Quartet You Tube channel

Gary Keller’s YouTube Channel

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