Calvin Keys Trio

Guitarist Calvin Keys has had an extraordinary almost fifty year career that included long periods with jazz legends Ahmad Jamal, Earl “Fatha” Hines, and Ray Charles.

He has worked extensively with giants of the Hammond organ like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Trudy Pitts, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland, Doug Carn, and Papa De Francesco.

Other jazz masters he has performed with include Blue Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Carmen McCrea, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Stanley Turrentine, George Coleman, Red Holloway, Oscar Brown Jr, Jimmy Witherspoon and Jean Carn.

While performing is always a priority for Calvin Keys, he has found time to record 14 CD’s as a leader.

Bassist Joe McKinley has accompanied a wide range of musicians, from Earl “Fatha” Hines to Sun Ra, from Chuck Berry to Joe Henderson’s Big Band, not to mention John Handy, Eddie Henderson, Marlena Shaw, Oscar Brown Jr., Jimmy Witherspoon, and the list goes on.

Joe has performed in many genres. In addition to small and large jazz ensembles, Joe has performed in stage production pit bands, second line New Orleans-style bands, and full orchestras, not to mention a circus or two.

Drummer Paul Tillman Smith has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Sonny Simmons, Albert Ayler, Jackie MacLean, Archie Shepp, Kenny Dorham, Pharaoh Sanders, Michael White, Ed Kelly, Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Jimmy McCracklin, Etta James, Jon Hendricks, Marlena Shaw, Abbey Lincoln, Dewey Redman, Harold Land, Lorez Alexandria, Carlos Santana, The Brecker Brothers, Eddie Henderson, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Julian Priester, Woody Shaw, and Pete Escovedo.

He has also been active as a song writer, composer for theater, jazz educator, and co-founder of the Berkeley Juneteenth Festival.