Hello, this is the website of saxophonist (writer, educator, visual artist, father) Chris Kelsey. Contained herein are photos, music, videos, contrived images, and information about me.
NEW! I've started Chris Kelsey Publishing as an outlet for my print publications: books of compositions, etudes, and educational materials. Our first issue is Attack of the Contrafact, Vol. 1, a set of original compositions in editions for C, Bb, Eb, and bass clef instruments. The books are available from Amazon.com.
From the Amazon site: "Attack of the Contrafact: Jazz Tunes for the Adept and Incautious, Vol. 1 is a collection of unusual and challenging compositions by the critically acclaimed jazz saxophonist, composer, critic, and author, Chris Kelsey. Based on the harmonic foundations of songs from the classic jazz canon like I Got Rhythm, What is This Thing Called Love, and Ladybird, the tunes provide the intermediate and advanced instrumentalist with 15 unusual and frequently daunting tunes/etudes designed to stretch his or her concept of jazz performance. The compositions comprise angular intervallic relationships, asymmetrical rhythms, unpredictable melodic contours and oblique harmonic relationships in a manner that upholds the essential elements of jazz performance practice even as they subvert tradition. The tunes in this volume will open new horizons to the intrepid jazz musician.