Smooth Artist Interviews
How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
WARREN KELLER : The first single from the new album, "All's Well" was born from my friendship with featured bassist extraordinaire, Brendan Rothwell. That friendship actually began with an introduction by SmoothJazz.com! Brendan was gracious enough to offer collaboration, something SGC was eager to do. So, when that catchy riff popped into my head, I thought, "This would be perfect for BR!" I also named the tune "All's Well" as a play on his last name. I felt that turning production duties over to Blake Aaron would turn things up yet another notch. We're excited to see where this upbeat track takes us!
Who would you say has been the single biggest influence in your life in getting you to where you are now in your career?
WARREN KELLER : I’d have to give that shoutout to my wonderful, late mother, Roslyn. She was an incredible classical pianist and teacher, and she made sure that my sister, Lisa, and I were involved in music. Whatever genre I was working in, she was always my biggest fan. I wish she was here to see my return to music, and having this level of success with it.
How would you finish this sentence? “I don’t like to go a day without_________?
WARREN KELLER : Playing my instruments! I’m not sure about other musicians, but missing even a day or two can really adversely affect my ability to play saxophone and flute. I’ve come to a point in my career where I love to stay connected to my horns, and even practicing has become a joy. There are those occasional days when nothing feels quite right, but the best medicine for that is to simply ‘keep up the chops!’
Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?
WARREN KELLER : I have powerful memories of riding in the back seat of my dad’s car and listening to the incredible hits of the day that would jump off of the AM radio! Manfred Mann’s “Doo Wah Diddy” and Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” especially come to mind; but anything Mersey Beat or Motown helped spark my lifelong love affair with music!
What’s your favorite non-music activity?
WARREN KELLER : Just walking in the woods with my wife, Christine, and my dog, Jack. We’re lucky to be surrounded by many acres of forest and pasture. I love nature, particularly in the fall and winter, and I find great peace and a quiet joy there, among the trees and the birds. An occasional drive to, and a walk around an old village is wonderful too!
What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?
WARREN KELLER : Oh, several things: being recognized by radio broadcasters and enjoyed by thousands of fans around the world, making most of the major contemporary jazz charts, including SmoothJazz, Groove Jazz Music, and RadioWave, being played by Dave Koz on his Sirius XM Lounge, having tracks in regular rotation at Music Choice, and nearing 100K Spotify streams!