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Trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso started playing professionally in and around Detroit, Michigan where he was born in 1964.
Since moving to New York City in 1989 to join Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, Jon has enjoyed performing and recording with the likes of Ralph Sutton, Dan Barrett, Howard Alden, Marty Grosz, James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Dick Hyman, Linda Ronstadt, Leon Redbone, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Ken Peplowski, and Kenny Davern.
Recent engagements include various appearances on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" live Public Radio International show, including a live cinecast to movie theaters everywhere with Elvis Costello, several jazz fest at sea cruises, tours of the U.S. and Japan with Ken Peplowski's Kingdom of Swing big band, and jazz parties, festivals, and concerts all over the world.
At home in New York Kellso has been leading the EarRegulars featuring guitarist Matt Munisteri and various guest artists at the Ear Inn on Sunday nights for over three years. On Mondays and Tuesdays Jon plays with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at the Club Cache' in the Hotel Edison. Aside from these steadies, Jon can also be seen performing at all the great NYC venues, including Small's, Birdland, Dizzy's, the Blue Note, the Iridium, the Jazz Standard, etc.
Jon-Erik can be heard on several television and movie soundtracks, including “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "The Good Shepherd," and "Revolutionary Road" with Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. He was on screen in "Revolutionary Road," and can also be seen and heard in the current HBO series, "Boardwalk Empire."
Jon has recorded several times on Arbors Records, including three CDs as a leader and three with Ruby Braff. Jon pays tribute to Braff on his new "Remembering Ruby" CD, on Gen-Erik Records. His latest Arbors release, "Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans," is dedicated to Jon's friends in the Crescent City and all those affected by Hurricane Katrina.