Paul Keller Presents: Phil DeGreg Paul Keller Presents: Phil DeGreg





Paul Keller Presents: Phil DeGreg


  • Phil DeGreg, piano
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • John Taylor, drums

Event Details

String bassist, bandleader, and composer Paul Keller hosts a new Jazz At Kerrytown Concert House series which showcases jazz pianists from Michigan, the mid-west and the world.

Paul Keller and his “Imported Wine” VIP musical guests are guaranteed to entertain, delight and amaze with their jazz creativity, verve and virtuosity.

Paul Keller

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

John Taylor is a freelance drummer, composer, arranger and educator based in Southern Ohio. Primarily a drum set player, he also plays piano, guitar and electric bass. He performs regularly with the Phil DeGreg Trio, Brasilia, Kim Pensyl Group, Rusty Burge, Steve Allee, Puzzle of Light, Theater of Sound, PanVibe and leads his own trio with Brian Cashwell and Chris Berg. Taylor recently performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under guest conductor Steven Reineke - conductor of the New York Pops. Taylor studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where he was the recipient of a Professional Music Scholarship and a Steve Smith Jazz Master’s Award. He later earned a B.A. in Music Education from Wright State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Taylor was also winner of the Concerto Night Competition, performing the Creston “Concertino for Marimba” with the Wright State University Orchestra.

In addition to his career in performance, Taylor maintains parallel careers as an arranger, composer and educator. He has 28 years experience arranging winds and percussion for competitive High School and College Marching Bands and Percussion Ensembles throughout the Midwest. He has done post-scoring work for Fox Family Music in Los Angeles - scoring, producing and recording music soundtracks for animated stories. He has also composed and produced music for regional radio and television jingles. Taylor has also done professional Copyist work, with works being performed by the New York Opera Orchestra. He maintains a home studio running Logic Pro - a program utilized as the core of his musical work since it’s inception as Creator/Notator in 1992. Taylor is currently working on his own multi-instrumentalist solo CD.

As an educator, Taylor has maintained a private studio of up to 40 students, instructed High School and College Marching Band, Drumline and Indoor Percussion Ensembles. He has worked with many award winning programs in the region, including Centerville - Bands of America Grand National Champion 1992, Springboro - WGI Indoor Class A Champion 2001, and Williamstown HS - six time KMEA State Champions. He was the drumline instructor at the University of Dayton 2000-02 where he also directed an indoor percussion ensemble and served as Wind Arranger. Taylor was a featured clinician at the Beavercreek High School Jazz Festival in 2016 and has worked guest clinician with Centerville and Kettering High School Jazz ensembles.