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Greg keel

Greg Keel, saxophone, is on the faculty at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis and the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.  He is also the jazz program director and a member of the saxophone faculty at the annual Shell Lake Arts Center Summer Jazz Camps.  Greg attended the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Madison, and Concordia College in St. Paul.  He studied with with Harry Miedema, Brian Grivna, Ruben Haugen, Richard Fletcher and William Grahn.  Greg has performed with a wide range of artists including the Minnesota Orchestra, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Bob Hope, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Mel Torme, Bobby Vinton, Andy Williams and Frankie Valli.  He is an artist/clinician for Selmer Saxophones and was a two-term vice-president of the Minnesota chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education.  Greg’s most recent recordings are “Don’t Go To Strangers” with singer Vicky Mountain, “Being There” with pianist Sean Turner, and the debut album by the contemporary jazz group “Blowzone”.  His high school and college students have received recognition from Down Beat Magazine’s yearly Student Jazz Awards.  Greg’s students are frequently selected as members of the Minnesota All-State Jazz Ensemble and the Dakota Jazz Combo. Greg co-hosts the annual Twin Cities Saxophone Day sponsored by MacPhail and McNally Smith College; it is one of the largest woodwind events in the country.

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