The Paul Keller Orchestra is
leader, string bass:
Brandon Cooper Paul Finkbeiner
Paul Klinger is an Ann Arbor native and attended the University of Michigan. Paul recorded with the Mother's Boys Jazz Band in the late 1960's, the New McKinney's Cotton pickers in the 70's (he was the leader from '76-'82), and the Chicago Jazz Band in the 80's. Touring with the Chicago Jazz Band and Sippie Wallace as a warm up band for Bonnie Raitt they recorded an album that was nominated for a Grammy.
Paul is an original member of the Bird of Paradise Orchestra and is on all of their recordings playing baritone sax. He arranges many of the songs for the Paul Keller Orchestra. Paul currently plays with many groups including the Motown Classic Jazzband, Red Garter Band and Al Winter's Swing Street. He is member of the New Reformation Jazz Band playing jazz festivals all over the world. Paul plays cornet and leads the Easy Street Jazz Band every Friday from 5:30 PM till 8:00 PM at the Firefly for the immensely popular Dixieland TGIF Happy Hour. His CD with that band Live at the Bird of Paradise is available at pkorecords.com.
Paul Klinger was the recording engineer for the Paul Keller Orchestra's CD A Tribute To Count Basie which was recorded live in concert in 2002.
Paul has played numerous festivals such as the Bix Beiderbecke Festival, the Sacramento, Suncoast and Newport Jazz Fests and many times at the Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival. He has played with such jazz greats as Benny Carter, Doc Cheatham, Wild Bill Davison, and Franz Jackson.
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