Saxophonist and educator Keith Kelly, a San Francisco Bay Area native, holds a BM in Performance (Saxophone) and a BM in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, an MM in Music Education (Jazz Studies) and DMA in Music Education (Jazz Studies) from Arizona State University. Currently, he the Coordinator of Music Humanities and Performance at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix, AZ.

As a woodwind specialist, he has toured with the Eels, Darlene Love, The Scorpion Decides, Under The Streetlamp, and his own free-jazz group, Ask Not. He has recorded with the Eels, Califone, Dispatch, Ask Not, Running From Bears, The Scorpion Decides, Static Announcements, Casey Hurt, Sweetbleeders, and CooBeeCoo. Kelly, has performed with: The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra, Crossing 32nd St, CONDER/dance company, Boxhead Ensemble, The Phoenix Symphony, Natalie Cole, Maynard Ferguson, The Temptations, Glen Campbell, Diana Schuur, and numerous tv/radio/music personalities. Kelly has performed in or supervised over 35 different musical theater productions throughout Northern California and the greater Southwest, including "The Unfortunates" - which debuted at ACT's The Strand Theater in San Francisco in 2016, with his original horn arrangements.

Dr. Kelly is the Director of Education for The Nash, the premier jazz education and performance organization in Phoenix - where he coordinates all aspects of education programming. He directs the Union Jazz Institute at Paradise Valley Community College, a college-prep program focusing on jazz combo playing and improvisation. He has previously directed the Young Sounds of San Joaquin and the Tri-Valley Jazz Workshop.

As a researcher, his focus is on creativity/improvisation in the public school jazz ensemble, teacher preparation, access, gender and music participation, and the early history of public school jazz education. He continues to act as a PhD dissertation supervisor for Boston University.

As a collegiate music educator, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at San Joaquin Delta College, University of the Pacific, Boston University (Online), Arizona State University, and was Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Jazz Studies at California State University, Stanislaus.

Dr. Keith Kelly is an Andreas Eastman Saxophone Artist/Endorser.