Paul Keeling was born and raised in San Diego, California, the youngest of five children in a musically gifted family. He studied Colour Keys pedagogy under an International Colour keys Trainer from Finland, and has been with us now for five years.
Paul grew up hearing live classical chamber music played by his siblings and rehearsals of the UCSD Madrigal Singers (directed by his father) in the living room. He began classical lessons in Los Angeles with Robert Turner at an early age and was a chorister in the acclaimed St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir of San Diego from the age of 7 to 18.
He was a member of acclaimed west coast trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos’ quartet throughout the 1990’s and was also a regular performer with Black/Note, Big Time Operator, Romy Kaye, and British singer-songwriter Kim Edgar before moving to Vancouver, B.C. in 2006.
Since living in Canada he recorded and produced his debut CD The Farthest Reach in 2009 with an all-star Canadian quintet and has headlined in top jazz clubs across the country. He has taught many courses in jazz improvisation, jazz music theory and jazz appreciation for adult Continuing Studies programs in California, the U.K. and Canada since 1993, and has directed jazz ensembles at the high school level.