Master your instrument, master the music, and then forget all that crap and just play.

— Charlie Parker

The Bozeman Public Library presents Jazz & More - Season 8.

Bozeman Public Library

Jazz & More

with Kelly Roberti

Season 8 begins June 22 @ 7 PM

Join us for the premiere night of Jazz & More Season 8, every Monday night, from June 22 through August 24.

Featuring live jazz and lively conversations with local, regional and national artists..

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Join Kelly in welcoming a variety of regional and national artists to the stage at PLONK! for your side serving of jazz at this landmark of Bozeman nightlife


Kelly Roberti & Friends

Bozeman, Montana Jazz Listeners!

Don’t miss KELLY ROBERTI & FRIENDS every Wednesday evening ~ 8 PM at PLONK! in downtown Bozeman. Tremendous food, incredible wine list and unbeatable service can’t be topped. Each week features new faces & special guests to keep the music fresh.

Please support the music downtown….

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About Kelly

Born: November 13, 1954 Kelly Roberti is a world-acclaimed musician and composer from Bozeman, Montana. His musical roots reach back over forty-five years to a childhood steeped in all genres by a family of music teachers and performers. Having played his first gig at the age of 11, his experiences have led to refined technical skills on the bass and have translated into original compositions, performances, and workshop/clinics with the legendary musical giants of our times. Roberti's style is a powerful blend of musical passion layered with physical grace and a spiritual edge. Utilizing innovative techniques which break down traditional barriers yet respect their values and influences, Roberti currently teaches improvisational thought to private students on every instrument as well technical studies. His compositional style incorporates a wide array of influences and he is an inventive arranger of popular fare. His music reflects everything from Tin Pan Alley to ethnic world music with an awareness of the underlying harmonic and rhythmic structures affecting the listener on multiple levels. Recently Kelly has even taking to vocalizing on performances along with writing lyrics for some of his compositions. Roberti's prodigious and virtuosic bass performance has been heralded as both tenacious and groundbreaking. He performs in group settings and solo outings. Listeners applaud his playing as “ original and soulful improviser with chops almost unheard of until now...” St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “...earthy and meticulous bassist whose lines underpin the ensemble with roots and flair... an heir apparent to the late Charles Mingus.” LA Reader. “True music is an indefinable communication,” says Roberti. “It is physics, philosophy, history, mathematics and, to me, a big dose of romance. Of course it is always about the illusive heart, and can only be what you've lived or dreamed, the pulse of our nature. I want to give to it what I have been given. I want to contribute to the tradition, the true human condition and to the next generation.” Critical and popular response indicates that Roberti is achieving this mission, both for himself and for his audiences. Kelly Roberti has a list of over one hundred and fifty tours with musical giants and legends in jazz, rock, and world music to his credit such as Arnett Cobb, Eddie Harris, Peter Gabriel, Freddie Hubbard, Tommy Flanagan,David Murray and many more. Kelly also sports an impressive array of teaching credentials at many major educational institutes. He has contributed to fifty-four recordings and is preparing two more as of now. Kelly has performed at nearly every major venue, both clubs and festivals, on five continents.


Kelly Roberti Duet Concerts

Kelly Roberti Duet Concerts

FOUR great duet concerts coming up…I really look forward to these shows featuring the tremendous trumpeter John Dover, incredible pianist David Morgenroth, the young soulful trumpeter Luca Rodoni and my long time cohort and friend, vocalist & trombonist, Mj Williams More duet shows coming after these…

November 29th (sat) 7:30PM – Kelly Roberti w/ John Dover
December 13th (sat) 7:30PM – Kelly Roberti w/ David Morgenroth
December 27th (sat) 7:30PM – Kelly Roberti w/ Luca Rodoni
January 16th (fri) 7:30PM – Kelly Roberti w/ MJ Williams – CANCELED
At Cikan’s residence (31 Hitching Post RD, Bozeman, MT)
Ticket : $18.00

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Kelly Roberti and David Morgenroth in Concert

Kelly Roberti & David Morgenroth in concert

My dear friend, piano virtuoso and piano professor, along with Stefan Karlsson, at the University of North Texas, David Morgenroth is coming up to concertize with me towards the end of July. We’ll be performing in Bozeman on the 27th. This is a hypnotic duo…

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Montana Wild Cats Concerts

Montana Wild Cats 2014 summer concerts

Coming up this weekend…the first two of three Montana Wild Cats concerts this month! Don’t miss’m! Pack your picnic dinner, explore the parks and enjoy the Montana Wild Cats live in the great outdoors!
As part of the Montana State Parks 75th anniversary celebration, join us as the Montana Wild Cats: Philip Aaberg/piano, Kelly Roberti/bass, Jack Walrath/trumpet perform original Montana Jazz. Philip will also perform solo piano compositions – Montana music in the perfect setting. All seating is first come, picnic dinners are encouraged, Montana State Park gear and Sweetgrass Music CDs will be available.

June 14 Lewis & Clark Caverns, Whitehall
Performance: 5-7:30pm in the amphitheater
June 15 Giant Springs, Great Falls
Performance: 5-7:30pm on the grass in front of the springs
June 28 Makoshika, Glendive
Performance: 5-7:30pm in the amphitheater

All performances are free and open to the public

Justin Binek and Kelly Roberti in concert

Justin Binek & Kelly Roberti in concert

Acclaimed vocalist, pianist and educator Justin Binek and Kelly Roberti will appear in concert at Cikan’s residence (31 Hitching Post RD, Bozeman, MT). You all know Kelly but Justin is one of a kind, great performer, both challenging and gentle.

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Roberti/Rotondi/Morgenroth in a special concert at the Cikan Residence


Roberti/Rotondi/Morgenroth (Kelly w/acclaimed trumpeter Jim Rotondi and amazing pianist David Morgenroth) in a special concert at the Cikan Residence. In Bozeman on Sunday December 29 at 7:00. Get your reservations or more info soon at Admission is $20 Don’t miss these masters at work.

December 29 7:00PM – Cikan residence (31 Hitching Post Road) in Bozeman, MT. Admission : $20.00.
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