Randy Klein is an accomplished pianist, composer, record producer and the president of Jazzheads; an independent record label featuring improvised jazz. Randy has performed sellout concerts with his Jazz Quintet throughout the world at venues such as Birdland, Klavierhaus, Trumpets, and the historic Union of Composers Club (Moscow). Randy’s music has also been featured at: IAJE convention in Chicago, Berklee Performance Center in Boston, Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.
Randy Klein’s duo project, Two Duos, released the CD, “Sunday Morning” in May 2010 featuring trombonist Chris Washburne and Russian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev performing with Randy Klein on piano. The CD received rave reviews from the Jazz press and airplay continues on radio. These sensitive duets are designed to feature each of these esteemed soloists and are composed specifically for each performer. The project will continue to expand to include other great musical soloists. A new Two Duos CD, titled “Inner Voice”, is scheduled for release fall 2012 featuring Randy Klein on piano, Alex Skolnick on guitar and Boris Kozlov on electric bass guitar.
Randy Klein’s solo improvised piano recordings include: Randy Klein’s Jazzheads (Jazzheads), Underground Romantic (Jazzheads), Just My Imagination (Slider Music) and Love Notes From The Bass (Jazzheads), Broadway Remembers (Main Street Productions), How Sweet It Is, Rock-A-Bye Baby (Rock Candy Music), Invitation In (Jazzheads), Piano Christmas (Jazzheads) and The Flowing (Jazzheads).
Randy is the recipient of the 2011-2012 Simons Fellowship from the Hall Center of the Humanities, University of Kansas. 2009 BMI Foundation Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre. He is the winner of four Southern Regional Emmy Awards: 1996 - for the original score to the 90 minute film-documentary titled Richard Wright (Black Boy) PPS/BBC. He won the 1998 1999 and 2002 Southern Regional Emmy Awards in the category of "Outstanding Collaborative Achievement for Composer" for his work on Ticktock Minutes (PBS). Ticktock Minutes is the winner of the 1999 National Emmy Award for Best Public Service Announcement. He has been nominated for a 1998 Jerry Boch Award for his theater composition. He is the winner of the USA Songwriting Competition 2005 in the Jazz category and top two in the overall category for his composition “Data”. He is the winner of gold records for songs recorded by Polydor recording artist Millie Jackson, and composed and produced the dance hit "Watch The Closing Doors" for the RCA group IRT. He has had songs recorded by Candy Staton, Sarah Dash (formerly of LaBelle), the rap group Black Sheep, Memphis Bleak and Sesame Street.
He is the composer of “For My People”, a song cycle featuring the poetry of American author, Margaret Walker. For My People was originally performed at the 2004 Furious Flower Poetry Festival at James Madison University and at the University of Kansas. Lineage won the 2009 CAP Grant sponsored by the American Music Center. The music premiere of ‘For My People’, the renowned poem by Margaret Walker took place on April 2, 2011 at James Madison University, VA, with a 54 voice chorale.
His documentary film scores include: National Emmy winner “Free To Dance” (PBS Great Performances) and National Emmy winner “Beyond Tara – The Extraordinary Life Of Hattie McDaniel” (American Movie Classics) and “Richard Wright – Black Boy” (PBS/BBC production). His music can be heard at the Burial Ground Museum in lower Manhattan and at the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, NC.
He is a proud member of the advanced BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, The Dramatists Guild, NARAS and an alumnus/visiting artist at the Berklee College of Music and a music educator conducting clinics on various elements of music to Universities throughout the world. Randy Klein is an exclusive Steinway artist.
Go to Randy Klein's recordings on Jazzheads.
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