|Tags:||jazz jazz piano piano hard bop blues|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
2 December 1931, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 12 April 1971, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised in New York, Kelly first played piano professionally with various R&B bands, where his musical associates included Eddie Lockjaw Davis. In the early 50s, he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington and Lester Young. He recorded some fine sessions for Blue Note Records in 1951 with Lee Abrams (drums) and Fred Skeete (bass). In 1954, after military service, he rejoined both Gillespie and Washington for brief stints and later played with many important contemporary musicians, notably Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, with whom he worked from 1959-63. Kelly was present on some of the sessions for Kind Of Blue (playing on Freddie Freeloader). He also led his own trio, using the bass (Paul Chambers) and drums (Jimmy Cobb) from Davis band and later with Ron McLure. The superlative Kelly Blue was recorded in 1959 and featured Chambers, Cobb, Nat...