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  • Band/Affiliation: Brian Kelley + Social Lubrication/Ban Kenney
  • Country: United States
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Braintree, Massachusetts native and lifelong resident Brian Kelley was born on March 24, 1974. Brian's obsession with music began at age 5 when he started listening to his first musical idols, The Who.

Today, his greatest drumming influences are Steve Gadd, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, John Bonham, Keith Moon, Bill Stewart, David Garibaldi, Mike Clark, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Rick Considine, Clyde Stubblefield, and Bernard Purdie.

Kelley absorbed music and drumming through extensive listening. This listening included rock outfits Led Zeppelin and The Who but was not limted to that style. Brian was also checking out his Dad's Steely Dan, Paul Simon, and Boz Scaggs records. This led to find out more about the drummers who played on those records(Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie,and Jeff Pocaro to name a few highlights).

Kelley finally began drumming in Junior high school band and bought his first set of drums at age 14. Kelley played in cover bands and a school jazz band while in high school. The school jazz ensemble led him in his interest of artists such as Tower of Power, Weather Report, Jaco Pastorious, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, and Miles Davis. Kelley also started playing his first professional gigs at this time.

After high school Brian enrolled at Berklee College of Music, where he studied for two semesters. At the college he found his tastes expanding to blues and organ led soul jazz. These styles were the doors that opened his love for the music of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock and so many other jazz greats.

Brian began teaching professionally at this same time and quickly accrued a large number of eager students. At this same time he began going to local "jam" sessions to sit in with musicians, and soon found his time booked up, performing with local blues, funk, and R&B bands as a sideman. Some notables Brian has shared the bandstand with have included John Lockwood, Bruce Katz, Herman Johnson, Mike Welch, "Sax" Gordon Beadle, James Montgomery, Ken Clark, and Amadee Castenell.

In the late 1990's, Brian took over the booking and management of The Part Time Lovers Band (a funk, soul, R&B outfit he had been regularly performing with). From 1998 till present, Brian made the PTL a constant gigging, working organization. The band won the 15th annual Best Blues Band in Boston award in 2000, and then went on to become one of eight finalists in The prestigious International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee.

The PTL also released two critically acclaimed CD'S during this period, which were funded, organized, produced, and released by bandleader Kelley on his own record label, LSK Records. LSK currently has 4 CD's in its catalouge and is presently working on a new release for 2005.

Around this same time Brian was leading an organ trio which played on Tuesday nights for almost 3 years at the now defunct Yardrock Blues club in Quincy, Ma. The club featured a Hammond B-3 on the premises and was a perfect venue for a jazz/ blues outfit.

In 2002, BK formed Social Lubrication, a piano jazz trio. He recorded his debut release "Ketchup & Rivets"in 2001 and followed up with 2004's "Get Enjoyed." The estemed trio can be seen performing at clubs, festivals, and restaurants in New England.

2004 has been a very busy and productive year for Brian. As house drummer for "Dan the Man Productions", Brian has been recording with songwriter/ keyboardist Dan Kenney (fresh off world tours with pop superstars Britney Spears and N'Sync) In March, Brian and Social Lubrication released his second CD as a leader on LSK Records entitled "Get Enjoyed". In addition to his regular gigs this year, he performed with rock/blues diva Christani, Two Ton Shoe frontman Justin Beech, 50's legends of rock n' roll Danny and the Juniors, and Nashville legend Danny Davis.

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