A truly rare find in the world of jazz guitar, Pat Kelley equally renowned as one of the West Coast’s single best jazz guitarists while maintaining a full time teaching position in one of the nation’s most prestigious jazz guitar programs, he easily steps back and forth across the artist/educator threshold. He is as versatile as he is well versed, performing everything from traditional jazz to country, blues and pop. With ten CDs as a leader, he has also played on countless recording sessions for records, television, commercials and motion pictures. He has toured around the world performing with many great artists such as Natalie Cole, George Benson, David Benoit, Tom Scott, Hubert Laws and more, and is recognized along with Charlie Christian, Chet Baker and Barney Kessel in the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. Founder of the Artsong Music CD label, his enthusiasm for music and jazz guitar is equaled only by his reputation as one of the most personable people in the industry, which explains his popularity in academia.
Pat Kelley with his Bambino Model.
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