Kevin Çelebi


Recorded appearances as a leader and sideman

#As Leader
#As Sideman

as leader

purge corruption

Kevin Çelebi - trumpet
Kenny Drew Jr. - piano
Bruce Wallace - bass (tracks 1-7, 9)
Rich MacDonald - drums (tracks 2-3, 5-7)
John Çelebi - drums (track 1)
Charles "Chuck" Parr - drums (tracks 4, 9)
Mike Valasek - guest flugelhorn (track 7)

Recorded by Tom Becker & Paul Richardson
Mastered by Paul Richardson & Aaron Urbanski
Cover shot & design by Nancy Nassiff
Produced by Kevin Çelebi

Track listing

The darker side
1. Purge Corruption (Kevin Çelebi)
2. Shade of Jade (Joe Henderson)
3. Human Nature (Steve Porcaro, John Bettis)
4. Grace (Steve Wilson)
The lighter side
5. Bemsha Swing (Thelonious Monk)
6. Stripped But Not Deprived (Kevin Çelebi)
7. When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter)
8. Laura (David Raskin)
9. Grace (reprise) (Steve Wilson)

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This was my debut, recorded with the late and great Kenny Drew Jr, whom I've dedicated it to.

kevin Çelebi quartet live - jazz at 2

Recorded: April 2014

Kevin Çelebi - trumpet
Kenny Drew Jr. - piano
Bruce Wallace - bass
Rich MacDonald - drums

Track listing

Set 1 (the darker side)
1. Get Happy (Harold Arlen)
2. Grace (Steve Wilson)
3. Poetic Shades (dedicated to James Williams) (Kevin Çelebi)
4. Human Nature (Steve Porcaro, John Bettis)
5. Shade of Jade (Joe Henderson)
6. Purge Corruption (Kevin Çelebi)

Set 2 (the lighter side)
1. When Lights Are Low (Benny Carter)
2. Trio tune (Kenny Drew Jr.)
3. That's All (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes)
4. Laura (David Raskin)
5. Stripped But Not Deprived (Kevin Çelebi)

Live album, and my last recording with Kenny.

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kevin Çelebi & Harmonic sanity live - jazz at 2

Recorded: January 2015

Kevin Çelebi - trumpet
Valerie Gillespie - alto sax
Mark Gould - tenor sax
Greg Nielsen - trombone
LaRue Nickelson - guitar
Bruce Wallace - bass
Charles "Chuck" Parr - drums

Track listing

Set 1
1. Down Under (Freddie Hubbard)
2. When the Saints Go Marchin' In
3. Backstage Sally (Wayne Shorter)
4. Body & Soul (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton)
5. Purge Corruption (Kevin Çelebi)

Set 2
1. Black Nile (Wayne Shorter)
2. Three for Rodney (Kevin Çelebi)
3. Little B's Poem (Bobby Hutcherson)
4. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (Cole Porter)
5. I Wish (Stevie Wonder)

Live album with my septet, Harmonic Sanity.  I REALLY love playing in this format!

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upcoming releases

* A six-track EP recorded with LaRue Nickelson (g), Bruce Wallace (b), and Rich MacDonald (d).
* A studio release with Harmonic Sanity
* A studio release with other Detroit-based jazz musicians - Dean Moore & Randy Scott (sax), Jon Dixon (p), Noah Jackson (b), John Çelebi (d).  Excited to record this later this year!


as sideman

jared thompson & premium blend - live at the jazz kitchen

Recorded: May 2011

Jared Thompson - tenor sax
Kevin Çelebi - trumpet
John Çelebi - piano
Frank Smith - bass
Greg Artry - drums

Track listing

Set 1
1. Fee Fi Fo Fum (by Wayne Shorter)
2. We Fall Down (Kyle Matthews)
3. Skydive (Freddie Hubbard)
4. April Fool's (John Çelebi)

Set 2
1. Any Questions (Jared Thompson)
2. The Unity (Adonis Rose)
3. Blue 7 (Sonny Rollins)
4. Soulful (Roy Hargrove)
5. Two Tranquil Minds (Kevin Çelebi)

Live album with Premium Blend at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis.  This entire album is freely available on YouTube!

The naples jazz orchestra - on a misty night

Recorded: February 2013

David Pruyn, Mark Pettey, Scott Melamerson, Kevin Çelebi - trumpets
Greg Nielsen, George Mancini, Trace Hance, others - trombones
Rodney Rojas, David Pate, Mike Brignola, Tom Ellison, Don Rhynard - saxophones
Kenny Drew Jr. - piano
Perry Orfanella - bass
Bob Stone - drums

Track listing

1. Tooti for Cootie (Duke Ellington)
2. It Might As Well Be Spring (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II)
3. How Long Has This Been Going On (George & Ira Gershwin)
4. In A Mellow Tone (Duke Ellington
5. I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Ray Noble)
6. Whispers (Tom Kubis) - this is incorrectly listed as "Whisper Not" on the album's track listing, which is wrong.
7. Soon (George & Ira Gershwin)
8. I'll Close My Eyes (Billy Reid)
9. But Not For Me (George & Ira Gershwin) - the Bob Mintzer arrangement
10. Blood Count (Billy Strayhorn)
11. On A Misty Night (Tadd Dameron)
12. A Foggy Day (George & Ira Gershwin)

Live album with the Naples Jazz Orchestra, taken from a few different performances.  I have solos on track 6 and 7.

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sarasota jazz project - the live album

Recorded: March 2014(?)

Kevin Çelebi, Luke Jones, Chris Staine, Mike Valasek - trumpet
Don Parker, Dick Hamilton, others - trombones
Rodney Rojas, Len Murphy, others - saxophones
Jerry Eckert - piano
Bruce Wallace - bass
Charles "Chuck" Parr - drums

Track listing

Unfortunately I haven't listened to this one in a LONG time and I've forgotten most of the details.  I'll go try to find it and get it a real release.  If you're feeling impatient, visit SJP's website and bother the bandleader George McLain, I know he's a got a bunch of copies.

Live album with the Sarasota Jazz Project.

Sarasota jazz project's website

other appearances

There are a few other appearances I'm sure I'm leaving out, such as:

* Sarasota Jazz Project's only studio album (I believe it's titled "The Best of Friends"...I should help George get this on digital platforms, but until then, contact him if you want a copy george@sarasotajazzproject.org)
* Sarasota Jazz Project Live: Jazz at 2 (six total concerts: 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2022)
* Metro Connection Live: Jazz at 2 (2013)
* Metro Connection Live at the Rochester Jazz Festival
* Anon & the Late Show - debut album

Because I really don't know the status of these recordings.  I'm always on the search for work I've done, so I can burn what's not good and help release what is.

I welcome your feedback at kevincelebi@hotmail.com