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I can answer questions regarding jazz performance, jazz theory , composition,arranging and jazz recording and production..And overview of my CV /Bio and some sound samples of my work can be found on my website:

Experience in the area

In addition to more than 40 years as a composer / arranger for
film, TV, and other media applications, I've written for bands like
Bill Watrous' NY Wildlife Refuge, the Old Tonight show band ,
Doc Severinsen, Si Zentner, as well as functioning as arranger/
conductor / drummer for vocalists Buddy Greco, Julius LaRosa,
Frank D'Rone, Sylvia Syms, John Gary, Jenny Smith, and Al
?TNT? Braggs among others..

Early on in my career, I also logged several years as a jazz
drummer with artists such as Terry Gibbs ,Red Garland, and
Denny Zeitlin as well as years of work as a studio and recording
drummer. In addition to his film and TV writing, I've written music
for over 500 national commercials , ESPN, ABC Sports , NFL
Films, and industrial films and shows for Cadillac, Chevrolet,
Volkswagen, American Airlines and Zales Jewelers.

I've also been the primary arranger for the Fort Worth ( TX)
Symphony Pops series for more than 25 years,and has been
commissioned to provide custom pop symphonic scores for Doc
Severinsen and Peter Nero., and have had arrangements played
by the Houston , Dallas, Detroit, Cincinnati, and North Carolina
Symphony orchestras.

Now semi-retired and residing in Bellingham WA, I still write jazz
and pop orchestra arrangements for publication and on
commision, and I'm beginning an auxiliary career in the
educational field as a clinician in film scoring and music for the
media at various colleges around the USA , as well serving as a
big band coach at the Bud Shank Centrum Jazz camp in Port
Townsend WA. for the past several years.


Amer. Fed. of Musicians
Amer. Soc. of Music Composers and Arrangers
Production Music Assn>

Publications composition and theory pages


BFA major in music and graphic arts: Miami OH and Cincinnatti Coll/Cons /Music'60

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I hope to record a second CD with my band , The Nprthwest Prevailing winds next year aftera succesful first CD on Origin Records "Convergence zone"

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Alan12/31/11101010Thanks, Phil. I'll toy around with some .....
John 09/23/11101010very appreciative; quick response too!
John02/07/09101010Thank you! Very thorough, informative and helpful .....

Recent Answers from Phil Kelly

2012-07-21 question about who wrote a piece:

Hi Jason:    I'm not positive of this answer, but i THINK "Move " was written by Miles Davis and first released on "Birth of the Cool " .You might want to check this with another source.    You might send

2012-04-09 1990s Jazz Pianist:

Hi Asa:    This is only a guess because there are SO many jazz pianists in that age group releasing recordings. but keying in on the "ragtime" and "stride" clues it MIGHT be ..Marcus  Roberts.    Dont

2011-12-31 2-trumpet hit over 7th chords:

Alan:    As I said originally, it's difficult to answer your question without hearing  the track in question.    D and A will work's pretty vanilla, but :    if you're looking for an "orchestral

2011-12-31 2-trumpet hit over 7th chords:

Hi Alan:    without hearing the track, this is kind of a stab in the dark ..but:    if its ,say, a montuno on the D7 and you want to stick with two note voicing, I'd suggest using perfect 4ths based on

2011-12-19 Art Pepper/Sonny Criss/Sonny Stitt:

Hi Dominic    They were all  conteporaries in the 50s and later on so I think the chances are quite good they probably did ( particularly Stitt and Pepper )    I can't think of any specific recordings


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