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Calvin Keys Celebrates His 70th Birthday

Published: 2012-02-04
Calvin Keys Guitarist Calvin Keys will celebrate his 70th birthday on February 6th, 2012.

To mark the occasion, Calvin will play a special birthday show Feb 6th, 7-11pm, at 57th St. Gallery, 5701 Telegraph Ave., Oakland CA. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Keys' very first album,'Shawn-Neeq, originally released in 1971 on Black Jazz, has just been reissued on 180g vinyl by SF-based label Tompkins Square.

It's a stone classic waiting to be re-discovered. The funky, deep grooves and Calvin's singular guitar stylings, coupled with a heady collaborative feel that inhabits so many early '70's jazz recordings, are all on beautiful display.

Calvin's musical roots originate in his hometown of Omaha, NE, playing with legends like Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson. Shortly after the release of his debut LP Shawn-Neeq, Calvin was hired to tour and record with Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
. By the mid-70's, Calvin was working steadily with pianist Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
b.1930
piano
on the road and in the studio. Since settling in the Bay Area in the mid-70's, Calvin has recorded numerous solo albums and played with many greats, including Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
b.1942
guitar
, Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
Bobby Hutcherson
b.1941
vibraphone
, Big John Patton
Big John Patton
Big John Patton
1935 - 2002
organ, Hammond B3
and Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Dr. Lonnie Smith
b.1942
organ, Hammond B3
. In 2007, fellow Midwesterner and big fan Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
included the song “Calvin's Keys" on his album, Day Trip.


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