Brian Kelly is a composer, pianist, and recording artist who has released two critically acclaimed contemporary piano instrumental CDs. If you like these contemporary jazz artists, you will probably enjoy his music: Bob James, Yellowjackets, Pat Metheny, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit. His style is melodic, playful, harmonically sophisticated, and encompasses a wide dynamic and emotional range, transcending the dualities of jazz/classical and composed/improvised.
Brian's latest album, Afterplay, is his second CD of piano-based instrumental music. The album was nominated "Best Instrumental Jazz Album of 2009" (Just Plain Folks Music Awards), charted #3 for three consecutive months on the NAR Top 100 radio Chart, and ranked #31 on the Smooth Indie Star radio chart. The album includes the world-class talents of Eric Crystal on sax, David Rokeach on drums, Viviana Guzman on flute, and James Robinson on guitar.
Brian's debut album of piano instrumentals, Pools of Light, was released in 2005 on the Skylight Music label. The album charted #1 for two months on modern instrumental radio in North America. Brian was nominated for the NAR (New Age Reporter) Lifestyle Music Artist of the Year award.
In 2006 he published Pools of Light: the Solo Piano Songbook, a collection of solo piano arrangements of 11 tracks from his Pools of Light CD.
Brian Kelly is winner of the Keyboard Magazine Soundpage Award for his original composition "Todd Pond".
Brian's music receives national and international airplay from radio stations and satellite music networks around the world. Brian is a graduate of Hampshire College, and a voting member of the Recording Academy. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.