Life and career
Born in Waban, Massachusetts, he is an alumnus of the New England Conservatory. Kellaway has composed commissioned works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, and jazz big band, as well as for film, TV, ballet and stage productions. One of his early mentors, the late Phil Saltman, was his piano teacher and ran a summer music camp called ENCORE in Marblehead, Massachusetts.
In 1964 Roger Kellaway was a piano side man for bandleader-producer Boris Midney’s group The Russian Jazz Quartet's album "Happiness" on the ABC/Impulse jazz records label. Album credits: Boris Midney composer-arranger, alto sax & clarinet. Igor Berukshtis bass. Roger Kellaway piano (also arranged the standards "Secret Love" and Irving Berlin's "Remember"). Grady Tate drums. George Ricci cello and viola. The album was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio.
In 1970 Kellaway formed the Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet with cellist Edgar Lustgarden, bassist Chuck Domanico and percussionist Emil Richards. The group's piece "Come to the Meadow" was used as the theme for the NPR program Selected Shorts. For a 1978 album Nostalgia Suite, the group became a quintet with drummer Joe Porcaro added.
On November 7 and 8, 2008 Kellaway served as band leader and pianist during the Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl concerts by Van Morrison, celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the acclaimed album that was released in November 1968. Featured also is guitarist Jay Berliner, who played on the album.
Kellaway received an Oscar nomination for Best Adaptation Score for the film A Star Is Born (1976), and a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the Eddie Daniels album Memos from Paradise (1988). Guitarist Robben Ford credits Kellaway and Tom Scott as a major influence on his musical development, whom he met while playing for Joni Mitchell. Kellaway was featured on Ilya Serov's original rendition of Django Reinhardt's song "Swing 42" in 2017.
|1963||A Portrait of Roger Kellaway||Regina||Some tracks trio, with Ben Tucker (bass), Dave Bailey (drums); some tracks quartet, with Jim Hall (guitar), Steve Swallow (bass), Tony Inzalaco (drums)|
|1965||The Roger Kellaway Trio||Prestige||Trio, with Russell George (bass), Dave Bailey (drums)|
|1966?||Stride!||World Pacific||With Red Mitchell (bass), John Guerin (drums), strings, brass|
|1970||Say That Again||Dobre||Solo piano; Kellaway adds vocals on two tracks|
|1970||Cello Quartet||A&M||with strings; Joe Pass (guitar) added on two tracks|
|1972||Center of the Circle||A&M||With various|
|1974?||Come to the Meadow||A&M||With Edgar Lustgarten (cello), Chuck Domanico (bass), Emil Richards (drums)|
|1978?||Nostalgia Suite||Discwasher||With various|
|1981?||Live at Michael's Pub||Jazz Mania||Duo, with Dick Hyman (piano); in concert|
|1982||As It Happened, Vol. 1||Jazz Heritage||Quartet, with Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone), Chuck Domanico (bass), John Guerin (drums); in concert|
|1986?||Ain't Misbehavin'||Solo piano|
|1986||In Japan||All Art Jazz||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with John Goldsby (bass), Terry Clarke (drums); some tracks quartet, with Valery Ponomarev (trumpet) added|
|1987||Fifty-Fifty||Stash Records||With Red Mitchell (bass), Brad Terry (whistling)|
|1987||The Art of Interconnectedness||Challenge||In concert|
|1988||Alone Together||Dragon||Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass)|
|1989||Some o' This and Some o' That||Dragon||With Putte Wickman (clarinet), Red Mitchell (bass)|
|1991||Live at Maybeck Recital Hall, Volume Eleven||Concord Jazz||Solo piano; in concert|
|1991||That Was That||Dragon||With Jan Allan (trumpet), Red Mitchell (bass)|
|1992||Roger Kellaway Meets The Duo: Gene Bertoncini and Michael Moore||Chiaroscuro||Trio, with Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Michael Moore (bass)|
|1992||Life's a Take||Concord Jazz||Duo, with Red Mitchell (bass); in concert|
|1993?||Windows||Angel||With Emil Richards (marimba), Chuck Domanico (bass), Joe Porcaro and Bob Zimmitti (percussion), Fred Seykora (cello)|
|1995?||Inside & Out||Concord||Duo, co-led with Ruby Braff (cornet)|
|2004?||I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook||IPO||Solo piano|
|2004||Remembering Bobby Darin||IPO||Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar), Dan Lutz (bass)|
|2006?||Heroes||IPO||Trio, with Bruce Forman (guitar) Brad Lutz (bass)|
|2008?||Live at the Jazz Standard||IPO||With Russell Malone (guitare), Jay Leonhart (bass), Stefon Harris (vibraphone), Borislav Strulev (cello); in concert|
|2012?||Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe||IPO||Most tracks duo, co-led with Eddie Daniels (clarinet); some tracks trio, with James Holland (cello) added; in concert|
|2018?||New Jazz Standards Vol. 3||Summit||Trio, with Jay Leonhart (bass), Peter Erskine (drums)|
- Born To Be (Buddah, 1968)
- Gather Me (Neighborhood/Buddah, 1971)
- Stoneground Words (Neighborhood, 1972)
- Madrugada (Neighborhood, 1973)
With Carmen McRae
- I Am Music (Blue Note, 1975)
With Diane Schuur
- Love Songs (UMG, 1993)
With Liza Minnelli
- Gently (Angel, 1996)
With Robben Ford
- Supernatural (GRP, 1999)
With Gary Lemel
- Moonlighting (Warner, 1999)
With Kenny Burrell
- Guitar Forms (Verve, 1964–65)
- Happiness (Impulse!, 1964)
With Stan Getz
- Betwixt & Between (A&M/CTI, 1969)
With Jimmy Knepper
- Jimmy Knepper in L.A. (Discomate, 1977)
With Herbie Mann
With Mark Murphy
- That's How I Love the Blues! (Riverside, 1962)
With Oliver Nelson
- More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse!, 1964)
- Soulful Brass with Steve Allen (Impulse!, 1968)
- Black, Brown and Beautiful (Flying Dutchman, 1969)
With Sonny Rollins
- Alfie (Impulse!, 1966)
With Lalo Schifrin
- There's a Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On (Dot, 1968)
With Bud Shank
- Let It Be (Pacific Jazz, 1970)
With Zoot Sims
With Sonny Stitt
- Broadway Soul (Colpix, 1965)
With Clark Terry
- The Happy Horns of Clark Terry (Impulse!, 1964)
- Tonight (Mainstream, 1965)
- The Power of Positive Swinging (Mainstream, 1965)
With Ben Webster
- See You at the Fair (Impulse!, 1964)
With Kai Winding
- Rainy Day (Verve, 1965)
With Jimmy Witherspoon
- Blues for Easy Livers (Prestige, 1965)
- Allmusic biography
- "Robben Ford Guitar Lesson". Blues Revolution, True Fire. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. p. 608. ISBN 0-14-015364-0.
- "Prestige Records Catalog: 7300 Series". jazzdisco.org. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
- Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Stride!". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Say That Again". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 811–812. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Center of the Circle". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Come to the Meadow". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway Cello Quartet: Nostalgia Suite". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Yanow, Scott. "Dick Hyman: Live at Michael's Pub". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: As It Happened, Vol. 1". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Yanow, Scott. "Roger Kellaway: Ain't Misbehavin'". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. pp. 736–738. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.
- Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Windows". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Ginell, Richard S. "Ruby Braff: Inside & Out". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Dryden, Ken. "Roger Kellaway: I Was There: Roger Kellaway Plays from the Bobby Darin Songbook". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Henderson, Alex. "Roger Kellaway: Remembering Bobby Darin". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Ginell, Richard S. "Roger Kellaway: Heroes". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Nastos, Michael G. "Roger Kellaway: Live at the Jazz Standard". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
- Collar, Matt. "Roger Kellaway: Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe". AllMusic. Retrieved February 2, 2019.