Sue Keller
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Sue Keller

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Ragtime pianist extraordinaire


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Sue Keller

Sue KellerRagtime pianist extraordinaire

Sue Keller began her ragtime obsession in 1974. Since then, she has treated audiences to her piano and vocal performances throughout the world. Her appearances have ranged from the grand opening of Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston Harbor, to the fabled Mikado nightclub in Tokyo, across the continent of Australia, and even to the Great Wall of China. 

Back in the USA, Sue has been recognized as one of the world’s top ragtime pianists. She was the music director of the prestigious Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri for 7 years and a director and officer of the World Old‐Time Piano Championship in Peoria, Illinois for 14 years.  She still judges contests from time to time and appears as a major supporting cast member in the award‐winning independent movie, The Entertainers. 

Sue has been untiringly active in promoting the ragtime form. Her recording projects have employed a unique and exciting digital process. Her first project produced in this manner, KeLLeRIZED, released in 1992, included both contemporary and traditional ragtime, old‐time, novelty, and stride piano pieces. Over the course of 14 CDs (and counting), Sue often mixes exciting vocals together with both traditional and unique repertoires. In recent history, a growing number of her live performances have been videotaped and she has become the most filmed performer of ragtime in You‐Tube history promising to influence the genre for generations to come. 

In addition to Ragtime & Stride Piano, Sue also specializes in early Blues, the Christmas genre, the music of Johnny Mercer, and the music of Laura Nyro. But there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. Lately Sue has been fascinated by Bossa Nova piano and the lyrical Samba style… sung in Brazilian. Only time will tell what’s next. 

In pursuit of her endeavor to bring to light the work of original ragtime composers, Sue has established the Ragtime Press, whose sheet music offerings include two folios: “The Music of Robert Russell Darch”, 28 pieces by “Ragtime Bob” Darch, and “A Little Lost Lamb”, a volume of eighteen previously unpublished Joseph Lamb pieces.


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