Here’s what you need to know about Jim Keller. Back in the early 80s, Jim wrote the still ubiquitous 867-5309/Jenny and was part of the band that recorded it, Tommy Tutone. That band broke up shortly after that and Jim kept working as musician. After a few years, he put his guitar away and ended up working for the music company of composer Philip Glass, licensing Glass’s music. Some years ago, Jim dug his guitar out of the back of the closet and started writing and performing again. Jim has released three albums over the past five years including Heaven Can Wait, which was issued earlier this year.
This time out, The Jim Keller Band will consist of Jim on vocal and guitar, Rich Hinman on guitar, Adam Minkoff on bass, Yuval Lion on drums, Glenn Patscha on keyboards and Geoff Countryman on sax. Also sitting in at some point during the set will be Andy Hess, Jon Cowherd, Shawn Pelton, Jon Graboff, Jeff Hermanson, Rick Parker and Alex Hamlin. Jim calls this collection of additional musicians Jim Keller’s Revolving Door.
And Jim’s earlier hit? You’ll undoubtedly hear 867-5309/Jenny tonight, and it will most likely be the best version of that song you’ve ever experienced.
The Jim Keller Band and Jim Keller’s Revolving Door, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)