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Keith Javors
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Keith  JavorsWith over twenty years of professional experience in almost every context from jazz to classical to pop, R and B, and hip-hop, Keith Javors shares the rare distinction of personifying excellence not only as a creative artist, but dually as an award-winning music educator. Based in the Philadelphia area since 2005, he is also a founding member and Artistic Director of the BR Alliance for American Music, a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit arts and service organization devoted to unity in American-based musics through its performance and educational programs.

In demand as a pianist, composer, bandleader, and producer, Keith has numerous recording credits. The limited edition "Free Project" (ArtistShare 0011) is his latest record under his own name and was launched last fall on the ArtistShare label. With contemplative solo performances augmented by contemporary vignettes from the American Music Project, the FP is Keith’s fourth original recording showcasing his compositions. In 2004, he released "Mo’ City Jungle" on Zoho (ZM 200403) to rave reviews and top 10 charting on many US radio stations. Regarding “MCJ”, AllAboutJazz.com says “Not since Kenny Garrett’s Standard of Language and Terence Blanchard’s Bounce has there been a post bop album this exciting. Mo’ City Jungle is not for the faint-at-heart; this is vital, energized music that is captivating from start to finish.”

Keith has recorded or performed with artists ranging from George Coleman, Bunky Green, Eddie Henderson, Conrad Herwig, Joe Lovano, Gerry Mulligan, Bucky Pizzerelli, Chris Potter, Arturo Sandoval, Terell Stafford, Ira Sullivan, Bill Watrous, and Steve Wilson. He and his groups have performed at some of the most well-known venues in the world, from the Rockefeller Center to major jazz festivals and clubs through the U.S., Europe, and Asia. University concert collaborations include shows with artists such as Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Terence Blanchard, Dave Brubeck, Kenny Garrett, Slide Hampton, The Heath Brothers, Dave Holland, Pat Martino, Eddie Palmieri, Sam Rivers, Maria Schneider, and Clark Terry.

A highly-regarded guest artist and clinician, Dr. Javors has held successful teaching positions at the University of North Texas, the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, and, most notably, the University of North Florida. He was named to the highest percentile of those already included on the “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students” five times in a row. Keith’s albums as leader of the UNF Jazz Ensemble garnished multiple, consecutive national DownBeat Student Music and Blue Chip CD awards from 2001-2005, including the sole winner of Best College Big Band in 2003: Jazz Times: "The degree of hard work, patience, study, blood, sweat and tears necessary to produce a band of this quality is phenomenal."

Keith has B.M. and M.M degrees in Jazz Piano (with distinction) from the University of North Texas, where he was pianist in the One O’Clock Lab Band and Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year in 1996, and a Doctorate degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His thesis is a vibrant study on collegiate jazz education, and is available through University Microfilms International.


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