contemporary jazz Archives - BRIAN KELLY

Composer Brian Kelly Receives Best Jazz Song Nomination in the 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards

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Brian Kelly - Best Jazz Song - 2019 Hollywood Music in Media AwardsComposer/pianist Brian Kelly has received a nomination for Best Jazz Song in the 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for his contemporary jazz piece “From Nowhere (feat. Eric Crystal).” The awards event will be held on November 20, 2019 in Hollywood, CA.

This is the third nomination composer Brian Kelly has received from the Hollywood Music in Media Awards since 2016.

Alto sax player Eric Crystal has been an integral part of the Boz Scaggs touring band since 2002 and has performed or recorded with Michael McDonald, Huey Lewis, Toto, The Temptations, Four Tops, Kenny Loggins, Allen Toussaint, and many others.

Listen to From Nowhere (feat. Eric Crystal) on your favorite music streaming platform.

Composer Brian Kelly receives six nominations in the 2019 Indie Music Channel Awards

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Brian Kelly composer - 2019 Indie Music Channel Awards NomineeBrian Kelly, composer/pianist/producer, has received six nominations in the 2019 Indie Music Channel Awards for his Contemporary Jazz piece “From Nowhere”. The track, which features Eric Crystal on alto sax and Brian on piano, was composed and produced by Brian Kelly, engineered by Chris Tabarez, and mixed by Gary Mankin. “From Nowhere” will soon be released as a digital single on Spotify, etc.

The Indie Music Channel Awards will be held at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 28, 2019.

Contemporary Jazz Album Sneak Preview 2

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Enjoy two more rough-mixes from the Brian Kelly contemporary jazz album project: “Monkey Stone” (Brian Kelly – piano, keyboards, percussion; Evan Francis – flute; Ben Mawhorter – tablas, djembe) and
“Liquid Embers” (Brian Kelly – keyboards, percussion; Eric Crystal – soprano sax).

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Recording Sessions for Jazz Album by Brian Kelly

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Production of my next contemporary jazz album is moving ahead. I’m excited to continue recording sessions this month with sax player Eric Crystal (Boz Scaggs, Vijay Iyer…) and next month with trumpet player Mike Olmos (Etta James, Pete Escovedo…). I’ve shared music from this project on my Sneak Preview page over the last several months. Stay tuned!

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What I’m Working On

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This year I’ll be sharing album projects with you as they progress, starting with my newest contemporary jazz project: “Walk on Fire”. (AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY TO MY NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS. Subscribe to the Brian Kelly Music newsletter now!)

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CD review of Afterplay by Brian Kelly – Creations Magazine

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CD review of Brian Kelly / Afterplay album by Creations Magazine. “Afterplay is an exciting contemporary jazz album which engages the listener from the very first note. I was blown away by the immediacy, the insistence of the opening cut “River Rush;” a driving, smooth and satisfying offering which I only wished lasted three times longer! …”

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