All About the Trio
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $5 Student
- Phil DeGreg, piano
- Paul Keller, bass
- John Taylor, drums
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the foundations of jazz. An education in the fundamentals of jazz...and a lot of fun! This month's concert features some new faces at the piano and drums led by bassist Paul Keller.
This performance is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House.
Phil DeGreg began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. His earliest jazz influences were Bud Powell and Bill Evans, but he is accomplished and comfortable in a wide range of jazz styles, ranging from mainstream to bebop to Brazilian jazz. His versatility has led to professional performances with dozens of internationally recognized jazz artists, as well as leading and recording with his own groups. Phil DeGreg has released nine recordings as a leader and has been recorded as a sideman on many other jazz projects. He is also featured with J.J. Johnson on the video "J.J. Johnson Live in Concert." His most recent recorded project is a piano trio recording “Down the Middle” featuring drummer Joe LaBarbera and bassist Tom Warrington. A native of Cincinnati, Phil has toured the world with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and was the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts grants. He was named one of the 10 finalists in Jazziz Magazine's 1995 "Keyboardists on Fire" competition, and was a 1996 finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition. For for 16 years he served as the house pianist at Cincinnati's famous Blue Wisp Jazz Club, accompanying visiting artists on weekends. His jazz festival appearances include the North Sea, Pori, Monterey, Montreux, Brecon, Wigan, and Elkhart Jazz Festivals. Phil has performed in clubs and concerts throughout the United States, and in the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Brazil. Phil is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches jazz theory, arranging, piano, and ensembles.
Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.
John Taylor is a freelance drummer, composer, arranger, and educator based in Dayton, Ohio. In addition to drums and percussion, he also plays piano, guitar, and electric bass. A remarkably versatile player, John maintains a busy performance calendar playing a wide variety of Jazz, Pop, and World styles. He performs regularly with Brasilia, Puzzle of Light, and as leader of the John Taylor Trio. John studied at Berklee College of Music and later earned a B.A. in Music Education from Wright State University. He arranges for competitive high school marching bands and percussion groups throughout the Midwest.