Ventura Music Festival

Roger Kellaway with Calabria Foti

A Giant of Jazz Piano

Friday, July 14, 8:00 pm
Ventura College Performing Arts Center
4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA

Roger Kellaway
Calabria Foti

violin & vocals
Act One ~ Solo Piano
Thinking Of You
Creole Love Call
Golden Slumbers
Roger Kellaway (b. 1939)
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Paul McCartney (b. 1942)
Roger Kellaway
Roger Kellaway
Act Two ~ Excerpts from Visions of America—the Photo Symphony
A Place You Want To Call Home
  with Calabria Foti
An Open Road’s An Open Door
To The Eyes Of A Star
with Calabria Foti
50 State Rambler
We The People
with Calabria Foti
Roger Kellaway (b. 1939)

Roger Kellaway has been described as “a musical chameleon” and “a giant of jazz piano” with over 250 albums and countless compositions (jazz, classical and popular) for stage, record studio, film and television. He studied piano, double bass and composition at New England Conservatory before starting a busy life performing, composing and producing such greats as Lena Horne, Bobby Darin, Van Morrison and Carmen McRae. His “Remembering You” is the closing theme for the TV series “All in the Family.” His music on “Memos From Paradise” received a Grammy© and for Barbra Streisand's “A Star is Born” an Oscar© nomination—one of 26 film scores he has written and conducted.

In 2009 Roger Kellaway worked with writer-photographer Joseph Sohm and legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman on Visions of America (VOA), a sweeping portrait of American life in sight and sound. The composer has adapted his symphonic score for piano, accompanied by jazz violinist-vocalist Calabria Foti and with recorded narration by Clint Eastwood. Sohm's 2009 book of 1,300 images and essays Visions of America–Photographing Democracy came after his three-decade journey across the U.S. Countless TV shows, films and musicals have Bergman lyrics, which won an Oscar© for “The Windmills of Your Mind."

Calabria Foti—gifted performer, song-writer, educator and vocal arranger—was born into a family of musicians who immersed her in all its genres. By 12 she was singing in nightclubs with her parents who introduced her to the music of her idols Ella, Peggy, Frank and Judy. Critics acclaim her ability to draw out the “bare essence” of every lyric and her solo violin can be heard on the theme to the PBS series Great Performances.

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