Site logo

KEITH PRAY


Saxophonist, Composer, Educator

About

Keith Pray began his performing career in 1988 and has traveled from the west coast to Europe playing music of many styles with hundreds of gifted musicians including some of the giants of the business. For eight years he resided in New York City performing with artists from multiple disciplines including, jazz, R&B, blues, Latin and big band. He currently resides in New York's Capital Region and has released five albums under his name, most recently Confluence on the ARC label. Keith has taught saxophone at SUNY Oneonta, jazz history and arranging at Schenectady County Community College and currently directs the high school bands in the Schenectady City School District. Keith is an in demand jazz educator, having conducted many all-counties, masterclasses, clinics, directing the Proctors Summer Jazz Institute for 9 seasons and most recently co-founding All Ears, which develops jazz education workshops. Besides his own recordings, Keith has recorded for dozens of artists, and continues maintain an active performing schedule. Keith also holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from the European Graduate School in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Conflict Transformation and Education.


Ensembles

The Big Soul Ensemble: A 17 piece big band that performs primarily original compositions and arrangements but also available to play traditional big band music.

The Keith Pray Quartet: A traditional jazz quartet performing originals and standard repertoire.]

The Soul Jazz Revival: Emphasis on contemporary grooves (R&B, Pop, Funk), all instrumental.

Songs From Home: Americana take on jazz, hymns, rock and pop tunes. Features a string section.


Equipment

Saxgourmet Super 400 alto sax with RPC .95 mouthpiece

T.K. Melody Yard Bird soprano sax with RPC .80 mouthpiece

T.K. Melody Harlem Nocturne tenor sax with RPC .110 mouthpiece