Slender Loris Review - Vital Weekly


"So let us turn to Slender Loris. You know, I learn a lot from reviewing music for Vital Weekly. Did you know that the Slender Loris is a small creature spending most of his life on the top of branches in...

Some Radio Airplay for Slender Loris

Top 10 Experimental

Dustin Wong & Takako Minekawa- Are Euphoria (THRILL JOCKEY)
Joshua Sabin-Terminus Drift (SUBTEXT)
Quentin Tolimieri-Piano (pfMENTUM)
Tiny Vipers-Laughter (BA DA BING)
Those Who Walk Away-The Infected Mass (CONSTELLATION)
Pharmakon-Contact (SACRED BONES)
Ziekratzer-Perfoms Songs from the Albums Kraftwerk & Krafterwerk 2 (KARL RECORDS)
Slender Loris-Two...


unning From Bears is an adventurous Phoenix-based jazz sextet. Formed in 2007, the group is committed to the composition and performance of original works, along with the occasional reworking of popular songs. Each player/composer has a different compositional and improvisatory voice, yielding a forward-thinking and diverse group sound.

Running From...

AZ Republic Local Music Picks for February!

2/17: Running from Bears
When the members of Running from Bears started playing together a decade ago, what was lacking in Phoenix, as tenor and baritone saxophone player Keith Kelly recalls, was "a place to have creative instrumental music." Some of the players had spent time in New York,...

Digital Release of "Wilkinsemble" - WAIT FOR ME!

So excited that the recording we did last year is being released on Random Acts Records!!!

Mike Wilkinson - one of my best buds and an amazing trombone, bass trombone, flugabone, etc player teaches at University of Central Florida. He organized a recording with some of the ASU Jazz Faculty...

Slender Loris!!!

The duo Slender Loris (me, and Tony Obr) will be releasing our first recording through Edgetone Records next month. It is titled "Two Parts Helium"

More info soon!!!

Ensembles at Paradise Valley CC

My main gig is as the Coordinator of Music Humanities and Performance. The PVCC Fine Arts program is top-notch! The space is community-driven on all levels, and the faculty and students are a team.

The group I am most excited about directing this year is the Composer/Improvisers Big Band. There...

Recording with Tony Obr

Excited to spend the day with Tony Obr and Brett Reed, recording music for the new "Slender Loris" release. This group creates improvised work that blends the timbres of woodwinds, vibraphone, and modular synthesizers.

Headed to SF and ACT - The Strand

"The Unfortunates" is almost in its final SF-ACT form!!

I'll be traveling to SF for some clean up work with the horns and music this coming weekend. Looking forward to hanging with the amazing creative team and working with my good buddy Casey Hurt!

This is the culmination of an...

The Mystery Lesson part 238 18th January 2016

The Mystery Lesson part 238 18th January 2016

1. Livio Minafra & Louis Moholo-Moholo / Canto General / Incipit

2. Nate Wooley Quintet / Hesitation / Clean Feed

3. Alex Ward/Rachel Musson/Steve Noble / Projected / Copepod

4. Warrior Squares / Old Roar /

5. Powertrio...

Music Director - Sonoran Serenade Big Band

It is my honor and pleasure to announce that I have been named Music Director of the Sonoran Serenade Big Band, an amazing dance band here in Phoenix!

I am taking over the reins from one of my mentors, Mike Crotty.

I look forward to working with this fantastic group!...

New Music from "Sweetbleeders"

"The Sweetbleeders 2015 lineup is a pretty impressive one, featuring members both old and new, with Robin Vining at the helm (vocals, guitar, piano and other stuff), Steven Dueck (drums), David Marquez (bass), Keith Kelly (flute, sax, clarinet), Megyn Neff (violin), and Jon Rauhouse (pedal steel guitar) and featuring Brendan...

Recording with Nathan Hubbard this week!

My friend and music companion Nathan Hubbard ( is coming to Phoenix this week to do a concert with the PVCC Tuesday Night Big Band. While he is here we will be recording a new duo record - looking forward to a great session and a release sometime...

Great Recording with the Wilkinsemble!

Just finished a great weekend of music with Mike Wilkinson (trombone)!
Working on his new record: Wilkinsemble - The Desert Sesssions!

Some excellent music, great people (Clark Rigsby at Tempest Studios, Mike Kocour, Jeff Libman, Dom Moio) -- and a fantastic finished product!

Looking forward to the release in 2016!

Keith Kelly Ask Not --- Record out TODAY!

Ask Not is a collection of improvising musicians led by Keith Kelly. Ari Chersky, Doug, Stuart, and Shaun Lowecki bring their broad music tastes and experiences together to create an expression of the moment: born of an instant, stretched and curdled, swiped across, and broken apart. Brett Reed contributes on...

A new Ask Not release this month!

I am happy to announce that Edgetone Records will be releasing, on April 28th: "A Grand Apparatus, Discarded"

This improvised record features:

Ari Chersky - guitar

Doug Stuart - bass

Shaun Lowecki - drums and cymbals


Brett Reed - vibes

This rocky-jazzy-ambient record was recorded (by Kyle Adams and...

The Unfortunates @ Joe's Pub NYC

So excited to play again with the wonderful musicians, singers, and artists in a concert production of The Unfortunates. We will be playing a show at Joe's Pub in NYC. It is going to be awesome! We played sets this past year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show and...

New Keith Kelly ASK NOT record coming in April!

We just completed another recording session. We meaning Ari Chersky (guitar) - Doug Stuart (bass) - Shaun Lowecki (drums/cymbals) - Brett Reed (vibes). The record is going to be called:

A Grand Apparatus, Discarded

A nice review from Vital Weekly (The Netherlands!)

"Keith Kelly is also a sax player who debuts with his quartet that often operates as Ask Not: Ari Chersky (guitar), Shaun Lowecki (drums and cymbals) and Doug Stuart (upright bass). Kelly is a woodwind specialist, teacher and researcher. The cd offers eight improvisations that gave a good impression of...

Oakley/Kelly Duo at Cibo's Hallowine Event

"Please join us for Hallowine ( our annual fundraiser ) on Sunday, October 26th from 4pm to 9pm. We will have live music, wine specials, a ballon artist and more! A portion of the sales for the evening will be donated to Hospice Of The Valley. Come dressed for a...

A nice review from Thurston Hunger!

Kelly, Keith – “People Who Left, The" – [Edgetone Records]

Quartet with very nice interplay between reeds (Keith
Kelly) and guitar (Ari Chersky). Check out the lead-off
track where Chersky builds a kind of interstellar series
of ricochet effect clouds. Or “KYNNET" that pits a hyper
cycling Kelly against...

Bitches Brew

Very excited to play with my Union 32 All-Star buddies tonight! What a great FREE show at the Nash as part of the First Friday happenings in downtown PHX. Check it out!

New Section on the website

I have posted some links to my doctoral dissertation and to an easy-to-use guide for those who would like more help teaching big bands.

A review of the most recent The Scorpion Decides gig

"The music had a strong ECM vibe, albeit with much sharper forays into free aesthetics. Salazar opened "Apparations, Ghosts and an Old Man" with a languid, bluesy vamp, while NeJame’s stabbing harmonies set the stage for Kelly’s soaring, chirping soprano saxophone, which broke into fractal multiphonics, pulling everyone into a...

Record Release - April 22

Hello All!

I am excited to announce my first record will be released by Edgetone Records on April 22, 2014!!

THE PEOPLE WHO LEFT, features Ari Chersky (guitar), Doug Stuart (bass), and Shaun Lowecki (drums/cymbals). It was recorded by Noah Guttell at Blue Door Studios and mixed and mastered by...