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January 22, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Few musicians on the contemporary scene can claim a record of more continual growth than Roger Kellaway. The former Angeleno has been associated, as composer and/or pianist, with every major facet of jazz, classical and popular music.
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March 26, 2005 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
Saxophonist Tom Scott and pianist Roger Kellaway have enough credits between them to fill a book. Scott has scored dozens of movies, stretching from "Stir Crazy" to "Shakes the Clown"; Kellaway has had a musical influence on the careers of artists as diverse as Bobby Darin, Lena Horne and Barbra Streisand. Both of these versatile artists also have had substantial careers as improvising jazz players. Scott reportedly has performed on more than 500 recordings.
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November 14, 1992 | BILL KOHLHAASE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The list of musicians that pianist-composer Roger Kellaway has worked with stretches from Sonny Rollins and Gerry Mulligan to Joni Mitchell and Maria Muldaur. One of his closest associates was the distinguished bassist Red Mitchell, who died earlier this week after a stroke at his home in Oregon.
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June 29, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Earlier this year, pianist Roger Kellaway performed at the Jazz Bakery in a duo with clarinetist Eddie Daniels. The mood was spirited, and the music was filled with stunning displays of creative virtuosity. On Tuesday night, Kellaway returned to the Bakery, again in a duo, but with strikingly different results. His partner this time, for a weeklong run that is being recorded for subsequent CD release, is veteran cornetist Ruby Braff.
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February 22, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When they first met in Los Angeles 30 years ago, pianist Roger Kellaway was a new, albeit older, kid in town and Tom Scott was a precocious teenage saxophonist. Both had spent time in the notoriously challenging Don Ellis group, and knowing a comrade when he heard one, Kellaway asked the young Scott, almost a decade his junior, to join his own quartet. "We hit it off immediately," Scott recalled.
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August 18, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mention the name Roger Kellaway, and the reaction you get may vary widely, depending on whom you're talking to. Is he the jazz pianist, who has worked with Sonny Rollins and numerous others, and had his own respectable jazz career? Is he the studio musician/hip player-about-Los Angeles whose workload included a stint with Joni Mitchell? Is he the classically trained musician whose ambitious Cello Quartet intertwined jazz and classical notions?
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June 22, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Renaissance man" is a phrase that comes easily to mind when one takes a look at the career of Roger Kellaway. Pianist, bassist, composer, arranger: You name it and there's a strong likelihood that he's done it. Next week, Kellaway will be working in relatively minimalist mode when he performs with cornetist Ruby Braff in a weeklong run at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City.
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August 30, 1992
* * * * Helen Merrill, "Clear Out of This World," EmArcy. Merrill's exquisitely veiled voice gains immensely from the support of Roger Kellaway as arranger, composer (of "Maybe") and pianist of crystalline clarity, by the fluidity of Tom Harrell's trumpet and fluegelhorn and by the almost surreptitious sax of Wayne Shorter on "Willow Weep for Me." Bassist Red Mitchell lends a touch of fun with his assistant vocalism on "Some of These Days."--L.F.
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November 3, 1989 | LEONARD FEATHER
Fortunately for a local gathering of admirers, Roger Kellaway decided to celebrate his 50th birthday Wednesday (with a follow-up Thursday) at Le Cafe in Sherman Oaks. It was a double celebration, since his drummer, John Guerin, had reached the big Five-0 on Tuesday. Kellaway belongs to a rare breed of piano virtuosi who can be said to defy classification. He blends the lyricism of a Bill Evans with the energy of McCoy Tyner.
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June 29, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Earlier this year, pianist Roger Kellaway performed at the Jazz Bakery in a duo with clarinetist Eddie Daniels. The mood was spirited, and the music was filled with stunning displays of creative virtuosity. On Tuesday night, Kellaway returned to the Bakery, again in a duo, but with strikingly different results. His partner this time, for a weeklong run that is being recorded for subsequent CD release, is veteran cornetist Ruby Braff.
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June 22, 2001 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Renaissance man" is a phrase that comes easily to mind when one takes a look at the career of Roger Kellaway. Pianist, bassist, composer, arranger: You name it and there's a strong likelihood that he's done it. Next week, Kellaway will be working in relatively minimalist mode when he performs with cornetist Ruby Braff in a weeklong run at the Jazz Bakery in Culver City.
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April 6, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There was a good vibes feeling at the Jazz Bakery Sunday afternoon, when saxophonist-flutist Paul Horn, cellist Fred Katz and pianist Roger Kellaway walked on stage. Forty years after they played together in the Chico Hamilton Quartet, Katz and Horn, with Kellaway's aid, were back together again, celebrating Katz's 80th birthday with a reunion performance. Katz, with a sense of humor to match his cello playing, immediately put the event in context with a story.
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March 26, 1998 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Since he joined the ranks of the cultural elite living in Ojai a few years ago, the noted pianist Roger Kellaway has shown up in various contexts. It only makes sense for a pianist who, while established in the jazz world, has always maintained his love of, and skill within, musical variants. Kellaway showed the many things he's made of when he gave a rare solo piano performance Saturday night in the literal living-room intimacy of the Ojai Institute.
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June 21, 1996 | DON HECKMAN DON HECKMAN..BD: SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amanda McBroom made a wise decision when she got together with pianist Roger Kellaway. In the opening date of a two-week run at the Cinegrill on Wednesday, McBroom--working only with Kellaway's meticulously sensitive accompaniment--gave one of her best-ever performances. McBroom made another astute choice when she elected to devote most of her program either to her own originals or to offbeat, cabaret-style material.
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February 22, 1996 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When they first met in Los Angeles 30 years ago, pianist Roger Kellaway was a new, albeit older, kid in town and Tom Scott was a precocious teenage saxophonist. Both had spent time in the notoriously challenging Don Ellis group, and knowing a comrade when he heard one, Kellaway asked the young Scott, almost a decade his junior, to join his own quartet. "We hit it off immediately," Scott recalled.
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November 10, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It was 20 years ago today, give or take a few, that Robben Ford first fell into Roger Kellaway's orbit. Blame it on Joni Mitchell, who had the good instincts to hire them both for a celebrated tour in 1974. The two musicians were on alternate paths, by age and musical endeavor. Kellaway, studied in jazz and classical music, was a well-established figure in jazz and studio circles and had released the first of his innovative Cello Quartet albums.
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April 19, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
Friday evening marked the debut at the Jazz Bakery of the Hands of Time, a sextet organized by pianist-composer Roger Kellaway, whose work has often reached beyond jazz. The present ensemble is a new departure, particularly in its unique instrumentation, comprising cello, marimba, bass and two percussionists. It does not attempt to qualify as jazz; essentially this is a chamber group offering contemporary art music, with little or no jazz playing as the term is generally understood.
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June 21, 1996 | DON HECKMAN DON HECKMAN..BD: SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Amanda McBroom made a wise decision when she got together with pianist Roger Kellaway. In the opening date of a two-week run at the Cinegrill on Wednesday, McBroom--working only with Kellaway's meticulously sensitive accompaniment--gave one of her best-ever performances. McBroom made another astute choice when she elected to devote most of her program either to her own originals or to offbeat, cabaret-style material.
NEWS
August 18, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mention the name Roger Kellaway, and the reaction you get may vary widely, depending on whom you're talking to. Is he the jazz pianist, who has worked with Sonny Rollins and numerous others, and had his own respectable jazz career? Is he the studio musician/hip player-about-Los Angeles whose workload included a stint with Joni Mitchell? Is he the classically trained musician whose ambitious Cello Quartet intertwined jazz and classical notions?
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April 19, 1993 | LEONARD FEATHER
Friday evening marked the debut at the Jazz Bakery of the Hands of Time, a sextet organized by pianist-composer Roger Kellaway, whose work has often reached beyond jazz. The present ensemble is a new departure, particularly in its unique instrumentation, comprising cello, marimba, bass and two percussionists. It does not attempt to qualify as jazz; essentially this is a chamber group offering contemporary art music, with little or no jazz playing as the term is generally understood.
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