Sue Keller
Oak Forest, Illinois
Updated 10/27/03

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Sue Keller began her ragtime obsession in 1974, after graduating from DePauw University with a degree in Music and Theater. Since then, Sue 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. Appearances have included the prestigious Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia, Missouri, the Alexandria Bay Ragtime-Jasstime Fest, Lake Superior Festival, the Indianapolis Classic Ragtime Festival, and Zehnder's in Frankenmuth. Sue is a member of the board of directors for the Old-Time Piano Championship in Peoria, Illinois, having also judged for several years. Most recently she has been chosen, with John Petley, as co-artistic director for the Scott Joplin Festival for the upcoming year, 2004.

Sue has also been active in promoting the ragtime form. Sue's recording projects have employed a unique and exciting digital process. Her first project produced in this manner, KeLLeRIZED, released in 1992, includes both contemporary and traditional ragtime, old-time, novelty, and stride pieces. Her second, Ol' Muddy, continues in this regard. In her last three recordings, Nola, Ragtime Sue, and I Got What It Takes, she mixes some exciting vocals together with the more traditional repertoire. All are available on Compact Disk as well as cassette, and feature contemporary rags by Glenn Jenks, Christopher Seppe, Jon Jensen, Galen Wilkes, Frank French, George Schneider, and Ross Petot. The sixth recording. entitled "Those Irresistible Blues", containing tunes written from 1912 to 1927, has received favorable notice in BLUES REVUE magazine, EUPHONY REVIEW, the MISSISSIPPI RAG and the RAG TIMES. She has released a follow-up blues CD, "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues".

The latest addition to Sue's recorded works is a Christmas CD dedicated to her mom, Betty, entitled "She Loved Christmas", which contains old favorites as well as some new surprises.

In pursuit of her endeavor to bring to light the work of original ragtime composers, Sue has established the Ragtime Press, whose latest addition is a folio of 28 works composed by "Ragtime Bob" Darch, the first in a series. Also in the works is a volume of previously unpublished Joseph Lamb material.

For more information., contact:

Sue Keller
P.O. Box 630
Oak Forest, IL 60452