Things I'm listening To Right Now by Keith Kelly

I like a lot of different music. Though I play mostly jazz and avant-garde music, I grew up very much as part of the alternative scene of the 90s: Nirvana came of age when I was in middle-school, Live 105 was the modern rock station in the SF Bay Area that played everything from R.E.M. to Tori Amos to NIN to The Cure to Violet Femmes - it was awesome!!!  So, I like to think my musical taste is pretty diverse, and pretty good. But maybe not! HA! Anyway, here are 5 albums that I am into right now.

Sharon Van Etten

Album: Are We There? (2014)

Song:"Every Time the Sun Comes Up"

Singer-Songwriter, Americana, great harmony voices, thoughtful and punchy


Album: Range of Light (2014)

Song: "Crown The Pines"

Part of the band/creative team for band Bon Iver, saw him play live at the Crescent Ballroom last year (great show!), moody, brooding, lots of overlapping instrumentals

The Unfortunates

Album: (The Music That Inspired) The Unfortunates (2013)

Song: "Down and Out"

Played a great show at PVCC in November 2014, great blues-influenced music, wonderful voices, catchy melodies, makes you want to sing-a-long

Bruce Brubaker

Album: Time Curve (2009)

Song: "Etude No. 5"

Solo piano, haunting, playing the music of Phillip Glass, sparse 

Paul Desmond

Album: Easy Living (1965)

Song: "That Old Feeling"

Swinging, happening, one of the most luscious sounds on the alto saxophone, put it on and make a drink

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Keith currently resides in Phoenix, AZ - where he is Coordinator of Music Humanities and Performance at Paradise Valley Community College. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University - Stanislaus. Additionally, he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Arizona State University, University of the Pacific, and Boston University (Online). Keith holds a DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies) from Arizona State University. An in-demand woodwind doubler and improviser, he performs regularly with Running From Bears, Static Announcements and The Scorpion Decides.