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Composer, arranger, Grammy Award winning, and Academy Award nominated pianist Roger Kellaway graduated from the New England Conservatory. Roger made his first recording in 1963, and is known for writing and playing the closing theme “Remembering You” for the TV sitcom “All in the Family”, and “Archie Bunkers Place” from 1971-1983. In 1970 Roger formed the acclaimed Cello Quartet, described as crossover, chamber jazz, and the beginning of New Age music. The groups theme “Come to the Meadow” was used as the theme for NPR’s “Selected Shorts”. Kellaway has recorded more than 250 albums, and has worked with everyone from Ellington to Elvis, Bobby Darin to Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie to Henry Mancini, Carmen McRae to Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones to Yo-Yo Ma. Roger is a major pianist and composer of protean abilities in the fields of jazz, classical, and pop music, also scoring for films and television. Roger has been a sideman to artists that include Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan, Eddie Daniels, and numerous others. Kellaway has one musical foot on tradition, and the other foot tapping and leaning into the future. Roger was influenced by pianists George Shearing, Billy Taylor, and Horace Silver. He has been associated with Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughn, and has recorded musical tributes to Oscar Peterson, Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, and a clarinet tribute to Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman with Eddie Daniels. Since the 1960’s Roger has been commissioned for the New York City Ballet, writing orchestral pieces for the LA Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the New American Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Chamber Works for Carnegie Hall performances, and was musical director for Stephane Grapelli’s 80th birthday tribute with Yo-Yo Ma. In 2008 Kellaway was the band leader and pianist for the “Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl” concerts by Van Morrison, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 acclaimed album. Roger received an Oscar nomination for Best Adaptation Score for the film “A Star is Born” in 1976, and received a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Eddie Daniels album “Memos From Paradise” in 1988. Guitarist Robben Ford credits Roger Kellaway and Tom Scott as major influences while playing with Joni Mitchell. Kellaway was featured on Ilya Serov’s original rendition of Django Reinhart’s “Swing 42” in 2017. Kellaway recorded “Anything Goes” produced by Ettore Stratta in Paris, and was musical director for the tribute to Oscar Peterson at Carnegie Hall. Roger began studying piano at the age of 7, and by the age of 12 was listening to both jazz and classical music equally. Roger studied college level music theory at Newton High School (ranked #3 in the U.S.) and performed the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach on double bass and percussion in the school orchestra. At the New England Conservatory Roger studied piano, double bass, and composition. Two years later he went on the road playing bass. In 1960 Kellaway freelanced on piano in New York City, and played record dates, and in jazz clubs with such singers as Lena Horne. Kellaway’s favorite artists at that time were Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Oliver Nelson, Ben Webster, Clark Terry, and Bob Brookmeyer. In the mid-60’s Roger moved to LA, doing studio work, and playing on and writing film scores. He became musical director for Bobby Darin, and arranged and conducted his album of songs from the film “Dr. Dolittle”. Roger worked on Carmen McRae’s album “I am Music”, writing for her “I Have the Feeling I Have Been Here Before”, with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Roger has performed numerous times on Takao Ishizuka’s “100 Gold Finger Concerts” with pianists Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, Tommy Flannigan, and John Lewis. Kellaway composed the music for London’s West End Production of “Lenny” starring Eddie Izzard, wrote, arranged, and performed with the WDR Big Band on a two hour show celebrating composer Kurt Weills’ 100th birthday, featuring Caterina Valente. Roger was musical director for the film “Beyond the Sea” and was the conductor and pianist for its 13 city tour. Kellaway conducted Sir Paul McCartney’s world premiere of “Nova” in Buenos Aries with the Youth Orchestra of the America’s, and toured with Tony Bennett as his musical director. Roger received the Prix Du Jazz Classique (the French “Grammy”) for his CD “Heroes” (dedicated to Oscar Peterson).

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