Roger Kellaway

Last updated

Roger Kellaway (born November 1, 1939) is an American composer, arranger and jazz pianist. [1]


Life and career

Kellaway was born in Waban, Massachusetts. He is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory. Kellaway has composed commissioned works for ensembles of various sizes. He also has composed music for film, television, ballet and stage productions. Pianist Phil Saltman was one of his early mentors.

In 1964, Kellaway was a piano sideman for composer/arranger Boris Midney’s group The Russian Jazz Quartet's album Happiness on ABC/Impulse jazz records.

Kellaway is composed the closing theme "Remembering You" for the television sitcom All in the Family , as well as for the opening and closing theme for the spinoff Archie Bunker's Place .

In 1970, Kellaway formed the Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet with cellist Edgar Lustgarden. Their piece "Come to the Meadow" was used as the theme for the NPR program Selected Shorts . For their 1978 album, Nostalgia Suite, the group became a quintet with drummer Joe Porcaro.

On November 7 and 8, 2008, Kellaway was bandleader and pianist for the Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl concerts by Van Morrison, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Morrison's acclaimed 1968 album.

Kellaway was nominated for an Oscar for Best Adaptation Score for A Star Is Born (1976), and a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Eddie Daniels album Memos from Paradise (1988). Guitarist Robben Ford credits Kellaway and Tom Scott, whom he met while playing for Joni Mitchell, as major influences on his music. [2] Kellaway was featured on Ilya Serov's original rendition of Django Reinhardt's song "Swing 42" in 2017. [3]


As leader

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1963A Portrait of Roger KellawayReginaSome tracks trio, with Ben Tucker (bass), Dave Bailey (drums); some tracks quartet, with Jim Hall (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Tony Inzalaco (drums) [4]
1965 The Roger Kellaway Trio Prestige Trio, with Russell George (bass), Dave Bailey (drums) [5]
1966?Stride!World PacificWith Red Mitchell (bass), John Guerin (drums), strings, brass [6]
Solo PianoDobre
1970Say That AgainDobreSolo piano; Kellaway adds vocals on two tracks [7]
1970Cello Quartet A&M with strings; Joe Pass (guitar) added on two tracks [8]
1972Center of the CircleA&MWith various [9]
1974?Come to the MeadowA&MWith Edgar Lustgarten (cello), Chuck Domanico (bass), Emil Richards (drums) [10]
1978?Nostalgia SuiteDiscwasherWith various [11]
1981?Live at Michael's PubJazz ManiaDuo, with Dick Hyman (piano); in concert [12]
1982As It Happened, Vol. 1Jazz HeritageQuartet, with Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Chuck Domanico (bass), John Guerin (drums); in concert [13]
1986?Ain't Misbehavin' Solo piano [14]
1986In JapanAll Art JazzSome tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with John Goldsby (bass), Terry Clarke (drums); some tracks quartet, with Valery Ponomarev (trumpet) added [15]
1987Fifty-FiftyStash RecordsWith Red Mitchell (bass), Brad Terry (whistling) [15]
1987The Art of InterconnectednessChallengeIn concert [8]
1988Alone Together Dragon Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass) [4]
1989Some o' This and Some o' ThatDragonWith Putte Wickman (clarinet), Red Mitchell (bass) [8]
1991 Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Eleven Concord Jazz Solo piano; in concert [4]
1991That Was ThatDragonWith Jan Allan (trumpet), Red Mitchell (bass) [4]
1992Roger Kellaway Meets The Duo: Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore Chiaroscuro Trio, with Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Michael Moore (bass) [8]
1992Life's a TakeConcord JazzDuo, with Red Mitchell (bass); in concert [15]
1993?WindowsAngelWith Emil Richards (marimba), Chuck Domanico (bass), Joe Porcaro and Bob Zimmitti (percussion), Fred Seykora (cello) [16]
1995?Inside & OutConcordDuo, co-led with Ruby Braff (cornet) [17]
2004?I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin SongbookIPOSolo piano [18]
2004Remembering Bobby DarinIPOTrio, with Bruce Forman (guitar), Dan Lutz (bass) [19]
2006?HeroesIPOTrio, with Bruce Forman (guitar) Brad Lutz (bass) [20]
2008?Live at the Jazz StandardIPOWith Russell Malone (guitare), Jay Leonhart (bass), Stefon Harris (vibraphone), Borislav Strulev (cello); in concert [21]
2012?Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa FeIPOMost tracks duo, co-led with Eddie Daniels (clarinet); some tracks trio, with James Holland (cello) added; in concert [22]
2018?New Jazz Standards Vol. 3SummitTrio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)

As arranger

With Melanie

With Carmen McRae

With Diane Schuur

With Liza Minnelli

With Robben Ford

With Gary Lemel

As sideman

With Kenny Burrell

With The Russian Jazz Quartet

With Stan Getz

With J. J. Johnson and Kai Winding

With Jimmy Knepper

With Herbie Mann

With Mark Murphy

With Oliver Nelson

With Sonny Rollins

With Lalo Schifrin

With Bud Shank

With Zoot Sims

With Sonny Stitt

With Clark Terry

With Ben Webster

With Kai Winding

With Jimmy Witherspoon

Related Research Articles

Zoot Sims

John Haley "Zoot" Sims was an American jazz saxophonist, playing mainly tenor but also alto saxophone. He first gained attention in the "Four Brothers" sax section of Woody Herman's big band, afterward enjoying a long solo career, often in partnership with fellow saxmen Gerry Mulligan and Al Cohn.

Doug Watkins

Douglas Watkins was an American jazz double bassist. He was best known for being an accompanist to various hard bop artists in the Detroit area, including Donald Byrd and Jackie McLean.

Pete Jolly was an American West Coast jazz pianist and accordionist. He was well known for his performance of television themes and various movie soundtracks.

"'Round Midnight" is a 1944 composition by pianist Thelonious Monk that quickly became a jazz standard and has been recorded by a wide variety of artists. A version recorded by Monk's quintet was added to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1993. It is one of the most recorded jazz standards composed by a jazz musician.

Monte Rex Budwig was a West Coast jazz double bassist, professionally known as Monty Budwig.

Dick Hyman American jazz pianist and composer

Richard Hyman is an American jazz pianist and composer. Over a 70-year career, he has worked as a pianist, organist, arranger, music director, electronic musician, and composer. He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters fellow in 2017. His grandson is designer and artist Adam Charlap Hyman.

Roland Hanna

Roland Pembroke Hanna was an American jazz pianist, composer, and teacher.

Emil Richards was an American vibraphonist and percussionist.

<i>Live at Birdland</i> (John Coltrane album) 1964 studio album / Live album by John Coltrane

Live at Birdland is an album by the jazz musician John Coltrane, released in January 1964 by Impulse! Records. Despite its title, only the first three tracks were recorded live at the Birdland club in New York City while the rest are studio tracks. Among them is "Alabama", a tribute to four young girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, a terrorist attack at a Birmingham, Alabama church by white supremacists. The album's original pressing accidentally included a false start - this was corrected in later copies, but restored in CD editions. The album also features a live recording of "I Want to Talk About You", a song Coltrane had recorded for his 1958 album Soultrane, this time with an extended cadenza.

Joachim Kühn

Joachim Kurt Kühn is a German jazz pianist.

Samuel David Bailey is an American jazz drummer.

Bruce Forman is an American jazz guitarist.

<i>Guitar Forms</i> 1965 studio album by Kenny Burrell

Guitar Forms is a 1965 album by Kenny Burrell, featuring arrangements by Gil Evans. Evans' orchestra appears on only five of the album's nine tracks, including the nearly 9-minute "Lotus Land." Three tracks are blues numbers in a small group format, and there is one solo performance: "Prelude #2."

<i>See You at the Fair</i> 1964 studio album by Ben Webster

See You at the Fair is an album by jazz saxophonist Ben Webster, released on Impulse! Records.

<i>Beyond the Blue Horizon</i> 1971 studio album by George Benson

Beyond the Blue Horizon is a 1971 studio album by American jazz guitarist George Benson. It was his first album released by CTI and included organist Clarence Palmer, drummer Jack DeJohnette, bassist Ron Carter, and percussionists Michael Cameron and Albert Nicholson.

<i>The Happy Horns of Clark Terry</i> 1964 studio album by Clark Terry

The Happy Horns of Clark Terry is an album by American jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Clark Terry featuring performances recorded in March 1964 for the Impulse! label. Reissued in 2012 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Impulse! Records, it resurfaced with Terry's only other record for the label as a solo leader, It's What's Happenin'.

<i>More Blues and the Abstract Truth</i> 1965 studio album by Oliver Nelson

More Blues and the Abstract Truth is an album by American jazz composer, conductor and arranger Oliver Nelson featuring performances recorded in 1964 for the Impulse! label.

The Russian Jazz Quartet was a modern jazz ensemble founded in 1964 by saxophonist/clarinetist Boris Midney and bass player Igor Berukshtis, who made a break from their Soviet music hall orchestra on tour to defect to the United States via the American Embassy in Tokyo the same year.

<i>The Pepper-Knepper Quintet</i> 1958 studio album by Pepper Adams and Jimmy Knepper

The Pepper-Knepper Quintet is an album led by baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams and trombonist Jimmy Knepper which was recorded in 1958 and originally released on the MetroJazz label.

Joshua Breakstone is an American jazz guitarist.


  1. AllMusic biography
  2. "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". YouTube . Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  3. "ILYA SEROV (featuring ROGER KELLAWAY) - "Swing 42"". YouTube . Retrieved January 22, 2020.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. p. 608. ISBN   0-14-015364-0.
  5. "Prestige Records Catalog: 7300 Series". Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  6. Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Stride!". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  7. Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Say That Again". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  8. 1 2 3 4 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 811–812. ISBN   978-0-141-03401-0.
  9. Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Center of the Circle". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Come to the Meadow". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  11. Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Nostalgia Suite". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  12. Yanow, Scott. "Dick Hyman: Live at Michael's Pub". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  13. Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: As It Happened, Vol. 1". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  14. Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Ain't Misbehavin'". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  15. 1 2 3 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. pp. 736–738. ISBN   978-0-14-051368-4.
  16. Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Windows". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  17. Ginell, Richard S. "Ruby Braff: Inside & Out". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  18. Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook". AllMusic . Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  19. Henderson, Alex. "Roger Kellaway: Remembering Bobby Darin". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  20. Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Heroes". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  21. Nastos, Michael G. "Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  22. Collar, Matt. "Roger Kellaway: Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.