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 his latest, Heaven Can Wait.
This time out, The Jim Keller Band will consist of Jim on vocal and guitar, Ryan Scott on guitar, Andy Hess on bass, Yuval Lion on drums, Todd Caldwell on keyboards, Geoff Countryman and Stefan Zeniuk on sax, Dan Brantigan on trumpet, and Rick Parker on trombone. Also sitting in at some point during the set will be Tony Scherr, Ben Zwerin, Kevin Bents, and Shawn Pelton. 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)