Cowboy Bebop Concert Personnel: Patrick Kelly

PatBio9.20.11(90perc)Pianist/composer Patrick Kelly will join the big band for the Cowboy Bebop jazz tribute concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Withrow High School! 

Patrick was born in Cincinnati in 1954. His older brother showed him chords on the ukulele at age 5. He took trumpet lessons in the 5th and 6th grade and was self-taught on piano beginning at age 14. During high school years he began playing organ in rock bands. At age 18 he began formal piano lessons and began his pursuit of jazz.

A first notable gig was as house pianist at the Blue Wisp in 1978 where he played jazz piano with Jimmy McGary, Cal Collins and others. He formed The Groove Organizers with Tim Hagans and Sandy Suskind in 1982. From 1980-1983, he studied with composers Joel Hoffman and Allen Sapp, earning Bachelor of Music degree in composition in from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. After living and working in Pensacola, Fla., he returned to Cincinnati and formed the PsychoAcoustic Orchestra (13-piece eclectic ensemble playing original compositions and arrangements) in 1991. The band has released SUPREME THING (1994), REACTIVATION (1996), and FUN WITH NOTES (2016). Pat served as a producer for J Curve Records from 1998-2004 and composed score for feature film Artworks in 2003.

He has performed with Teri Thornton, Louis Hayes, Buddy DeFranco, Toots Thielmans, Pete Petersen, Howard Johnson, Chuck Wayne, Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel, Rusty Bryant, Latin X-posure, The Blue Wisp Big Band and The Dee Felice Big Band. He toured Russia in October 2017 with vocalist Mandy Gaines. He leads the group MJQ Déjà vu, which recreates music of the modern jazz quartet. He also leads quartet Big In Space, in which he plays organ, and freelances locally with other leaders.

Can’t wait to hear Patrick swing!

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