ABOUT Keith

Bio

Short Version

Keith Pray is a versatile saxophonist and organist, who explores the boundaries of mainstream jazz, the blues, avant-garde and gritty funk as a performer, bandleader, composer and educator.

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Keith has traveled from the west coast to Europe making 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 six albums under his name, most recently Universal Blues on his label PrayNation Records . Over his career 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 and the SUNY Albany Jazz Ensemble.

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 Jazz, which develops jazz education workshops. Besides his own recordings, Keith has recorded for dozens of artists, and continues maintain an active performing schedule and has added jazz organ to his performing credentials. Keith also holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) from the European Graduate School in Expressive Arts: Therapy, Conflict Transformation and Education.