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Jon-Erik Kellso
musician, teacher

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New York, NY 10023
United States

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trumpet and jazz improvisation students, people looking to hire a swinging jazz combo, people looking to hire me to play trumpet, people looking for an arranger or composer.

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Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso leads bands of varying size and style, and is an in-demand musician and arranger/orchestrator on the New York City scene, as well as internationally. He has recently done some educational videos for Jazz at Lincoln Center, showcasing his teaching expertise. Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Dick Hyman, Catherine Russell, Levon Helm, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern. Recent engagements include a week at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola/Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis' Louis Armstrong Continuum; various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; a week as featured artist at Jazzland in Vienna; a 10 week tour of the U.S. and a tour of Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; concerts as a featured soloist in the U.K., Germany and Australia; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Kellso can be seen leading the EarRegulars at the Ear Inn in Manhattan every Sunday night when not touring. This group features guitarist Matt Munisteri and a rotating cast of the best players in NYC as well as visiting virtuosi. Kellso can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including the recent movies “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," and HBO's "Mildred Pierce" mini-series with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. Watch and listen for Kellso and Vince Giordano in "Revolutionary Road," and in the hit HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire." Jon has recorded several times on Arbors Records, including three CDs as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his new "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, "Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans," is dedicated to Jon's friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

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