Roger Kellaway Live at Mezzrow

Roger Kellaway Live at Mezzrow

Cellar Music Group and SmallsLIVE Foundation are excited to announce the release of Roger Kellaway Live At Mezzrow. This new live album celebrates the inimitable sound of an under-celebrated compositional master performing at the peak of his ability, over sixty years into a potent musical career. Recorded live at the iconic Mezzrow jazz club in New York City – pianist, composer and arranger Roger Kellaway conjures breath-taking musical imagery with selections from the songbooks of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn and more. Live at Mezzrow features an extraordinary lineup including Jay Leonhart on bass, Dennis Mackrel on drums, and special guest Roni Ben-Hur on guitar.

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Take The A Train – Video

“Take the A Train” is one of my favorite closers. In the 1980’s I played a lot in NYC with the great Jazz Trumpeter Joe Newman. At some point in every gig, he would call Billy Strayhorn’s classic “Take the A Train”. Joe’s choice of tempo was unusually slow, and we used to laugh about it, saying “it feels like it takes a year to play one chorus!” But that slow tempo sparked a curiosity in me, and I got very excited and inspired about a musical journey with infinite possibilities. In this recording we continue the tradition. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I do!



‘Living Master’ Roger Kellaway’s new live recording marks his triumphant return to NYC jazz scene. This disc shows Kellaway hasn’t lost a step…its really a remarkable album… a gorgeous performance worthy of hearing over and over.” Tom Henry The Blade

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“Roger Kellaway’s latest offering Live At Mezzrow is a master class in Jazz artistry.” Pierre Giroux, AllAboutJazz

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“Roger Kellaway is a treasure”Marc Myers, JazzWax

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“Roger Kellaway’s talent not only lies in his performance; beyond a certain expertise, there is a vision of musical writing and arrangements that is unique to him, never seeking to impress anyone, and ultimately, Roger subtly offers us an imaginative vision of his career, each moment of which is a true feast. This new album is a discreet delight that only asks to be listened to with passion, to become  as “indispensable” for you as it has been for me”. Thierry De Clemensat, Paris-Move and ABS magazine Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News 

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“When Roger Kellaway hits the piano with all ten fingers and maybe a few toes, take it from me, ‘A Train’ will never be the same again! This has got to be my piano record of the Year.” Lance Liddle,

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“Live Album Of The Week … an instant Classic!” – Marlbank, Stephen Graham, founder of Jazzwise

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Roger Kellaway Live At Mezzrow – is part of the SmallsLIVE “Living Master” Series, Executive Producer, Spike Wilner, recorded @ Mezzrow on May 5, 2023.

  1. Try to Remember(3:08)- Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, CHAPPELL-CO INC ASCAP,GEMA
  2. All Blues (10:08) – Miles Davis,Warner Brothers/Sony/ATV
  3. Blue in Green(7:42)- Bill Evans and maybe Miles Davis. We cannot find the publisher because there’s still a dispute over who wrote it.
  4. Pages of Life(6:27)- Ettore Stratta, Ettore Productions
  5. Good Morning Bahia(10:29)- Ettore Stratta, Ettore Poductions
  6. So What?(8:02) – Miles Davis, JAZZ HORN MUSIC CORP,  BMI, GEMA
  7. All My Life(5:56)- Roger Kellaway

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  1. Straight No Chaser(8:25) – Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Music Corp.
  2. Take the A Train(11:33)- Billy Strayhorn, Tempo Music


Roger Kellaway, Piano

Jay Leonhart, Bass

Dennis Mackrel, drums

With special guest Roni Ben-Hur, guitar

Arranged by Roger Kellaway

Executive Producer, Spike Wilner

Produced by Pat Philips Stratta

Associate Producer, Jorjana Kellaway