After nearly 16 years of Sunday nights at the historic Ear Inn in New York City, Jon-Erik Kellso and The EarRegulars have finally made a live recording! It showcases their free-wheeling improvised ensemble interplay and daring solos, much to the delight of an enthusiastic audience of fans, friends and surprised folks who just showed up because it’s one of the oldest and coolest bars in New York. Features Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), John Allred (trombone), Scott Robinson (tenor sax, alto Normaphone and tárogató), Evan Christopher (clarinet), Jay Rattman (alto sax), Matt Munisteri (guitar), Chris Flory (guitar), Neal Miner (bass), Pat O’Leary (bass) and special guest Catherine Russell in vocals. Reviews on Hot House Jazz & The New York Sun.
Since moving from Detroit to NYC in 1989 to join Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso has enjoyed performing with a wide array of musical stylists, including Catherine Russell, Dick Hyman, Levon Helm, Leon Redbone, and Wynton Marsalis. He can be heard leading the EarRegulars at the historic Ear Inn in NYC on Sunday nights.
His sound is recognizable in television and movie soundtracks, such as “Ghost World,” "The Aviator," "Bessie," “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and "Boardwalk Empire" for which the Nighthawks won a Grammy, as well as over 100 recordings including his most recent CD “Jon-Erik Kellso and the EarRegulars: Live at the Ear Inn.”
“Kellso emerges as one of today's most fulfilling mainstream trumpeters and cornetists. His poignant, rounded tone suggests a seamless combination of Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman, Cootie Williams, Frankie Newton, and Roy Eldridge, a synthesis of which anyone may be justifiably proud. From the listener's point of view, it is difficult to think of anyone, save Ruby Braff, who so successfully embodies the best traditions of the past while at the same time bringing them convincingly into the present. Kellso is telling his story in the hallowed tradition of great yarn-spinners throughout history. He entertains, informs, and keeps our interest whetted for the next installment.” - Jack Sohmer