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Gary Kelly

Gary plays electric, four and six string, fretted / fretless and acoustic basses.

An eclectic musician, Gary has been playing gigs, in all styles of music, since he was eleven years old. He graduated from Berklee College, where he played with well known jazz players Bill Frisell, Mike Stern,
Kevin Eubanks, and George Garzone, to name a few. After graduating, he moved to NYC where he started a group, recording and performing his original compositions that featured Bill Frisell on guitar. Gary performed as a regular member of both the Ed Palermo big band, and the Tom Pierson Orchestra in NYC.  A selection from the Pierson Orchestras second CD is included on the Smithsonian Institutes' Big Band Compilation.

Gary has played rock, pop and R & B all his life, performing with The Mama's and Papa's, Teenagers, Crystals, Martha and the Vandella's, and Popa Chubby, among others. No stranger to World Music, Gary has formed two world/jazz groups. Nostos with Satoshi Takeishi,and One World Trio (Rome and NYC editions). He has performed/recorded with Latin, Flamenco, Armenian, Turkish, Greek, Persian, and Indian music ensembles such as: Bobby Sanabria y Ascencion, Jose Jose, Harmonic Motion, Haydeh, Satar, Daryush, and Debarshis Battacharya.

Gary has worked in theater, dance and cabaret as well, working with Mel Marvin and Stephanie Cotsirilos, in Tintypes; Jay Bolotin, Bebe Miller /The Hidden Boy at CIty Center NYC, Kathak India/ Jazz Tap ensemble with Frank Kimbrough & Samir Chattergee, and the Ballet Flamenco La Rosa in Miami. He taught at The Collective school in NYC for eight years and ran the recording studio department while teaching there.  Carl Fischer recently published Gary's book/ CD package Contemporary Rock Styles For the Bass.

Gary was living in Rome, Italy, for the last two years, where he taught at the L'Universita Della Musica, and performed clinics at Orvieto Centro Musica and other schools in Rome and Napoli, He also worked and recorded with his original jazz and world jazz groups in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

He begins teaching at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, in the fall of 2009.