"Say Hey Jon-Erik...what "great chops" "pops"....seriously great musicianship....truly love your connection with the late Ruby Braff...one of myall time favorite players ....my favorite cornet to play is my 1913 Holton Chicago…"
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Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964. Jon began early, playing in a big band at age 11, in the International Youth Symphony at age 13, and in a concert alongside cornetist Wild Bill Davison at age 17. Kellso played with a wide variety of groups there, including the J.C. Heard Orchestra.
In '88 Jon-Erik joined James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band with whom he's made appearances throughout North America, concertized on PBS TV, and recorded extensively, including a recent CD with Maria Muldaur entitled "Naughty, Bawdy, and Blue," and a DVD with her as well.
Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, D*** Hyman, Linda Ronstadt, Banu Gibson, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, Bob Wilbur, and Kenny Davern.
Recent engagements include a tour of Brazil with pianist Judy Carmichael; various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello; several jazz fest at sea cruises; concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with John Lithgow; tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band; annual appearances in jazz clubs and festivals in New Orleans; and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.
At home in New York Kellso has been leading the EarRegulars with guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights for three years now. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at the Club Cache' in the Hotel Edison. He can also often be seen on Wednesdays, 5:30-7:15, at Birdland with David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Centennial Band. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Small's, Dizzy's, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, etc.
Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," and "Revolutionary Road" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He was on screen in "Revolutionary Road," and can also be seen and heard in the upcoming HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."
Jon has recorded several times on Arbors Records, including three CDs as a leader and two with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his new "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, "Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans," is dedicated to Jon's friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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Say Hey Jon-Erik...what "great chops" "pops"....seriously great musicianship....truly love your connection with the late Ruby Braff...one of myall time favorite players ....my favorite cornet to play is my 1913 Holton Chicago Couturier Edition with a Diorio heavy shank Cornet/Flugel cup....love to network with you anytime on images, vintage cornets/horns, and wish i was closer to get a few lessons...just love your playing...well done! Keep up the brilliant works....thanks for sharing here on TJN....If you ever get to Maine....lol....took this shot in '74, Preservation Hall, Sweet Emma Barrett....my best to you always...bc
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My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."