& KEVIN BALES
Beyond the Neighborhood:
The Music of Fred Rogers
"The bright shimmer of her voice, a crystalline instrument of deceptive simple beauty, defies the depth of her artistry."
"Bales is a real find, forever shifting key and time and creating intricately-fierce climaxes, often fueling the illusion he was playing the 88 keys with three rather then two hands…a dominant display."
-- The Toronto Star
Keri Johnsrud - vocals
Kevin Bales - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
Greg Artry - drums
"Johnsrud and Bales have succeeded beyond their goals for Beyond The Neighborhood. These songs are by turns wise and wistful, simple but not simplistic, and even, in some cases, a bit sultry."
-- Neil Tesser
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Jazz vocalist/composer Keri Johnsrud is an important part of the Chicago jazz scene. With over 15 years of headlining appearances at Chicago's top venues, including the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge and Jazz Showcase, Keri enjoys a large, enthusiastic fanbase and a strong reputation among the Chicago music community.
Keri also maintains an active regional presence with a focus on her native Iowa and regularly performs across the country, including appearances in Atlanta and New York City.
For her most recent project, Keri is collaborating with her long time musical partner, GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales, to present an album featuring the music of composer, Fred Rogers.
Most know Mr. Rogers through his children's television program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but he was not well known as an accomplished composer. He wrote the music for his show, totaling over 200 songs, and penned 13 operettas. Like the man himself, Mr. Rogers' music is warm, and expresses sentiments of kindness and inclusiveness. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of his program, and Mr. Rogers' 90th birthday. Keri Johnsrud and Kevin Bales are celebrating with a new album featuring fresh and highly innovative arrangements of his music.