Sue Keller

SueKeller-pic Most Recent NVRS Performance : Sunday, March 18, 2001

Sue Keller began her ragtime obsession in 1974, after graduating from DePauw with a degree in Music and Theater. Since then, she has treated audiences to her piano and vocal performances throughout the world. Her appearances have ranged from the grand opening of Fanueil Hall Marketplace in Boston Harbor, the Mikado nightclub in Tokyo, the Neubiberg Jazz Fest in Munich, across the continent of Australia, and even to the Great Wall of China.

Back in the U.S.A., Sue is gaining recognition as one of the world's top female ragtime pianists. Appearances have included featured performances at events such as the Ragtime-Jasstime festival in Alexandria Bay, NY, the Zender's ragtime festival in Frankenmuth, MI; the prestigious Scott Joplin festival in Sedalia, the World Old-Time Piano Championship in Decatur, IL., ragtime festivals in Millbridge Village and New Oxford, PA; and the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Fresno, CA.

Sue's most recent projects have employed a unique and exciting digital recording process. Her first CD released in 1992, KelleRIZED, includes both contemporary and traditional ragtime, old-time novelty, and stride pieces. Ol' Muddy, continues in this regard and received favorable mention in Keyboard magazine. Nola, released in late 1993 has also received high marks in the Rag Times, West Coast Rag, Cadence, and LA Jazz Scene. Also available are Ragtime Sue and I Got What It Takes, both on compact disc and cassette. Sue is currently working on a new pre-1920s blues CD.

In pursuit of her endeavor to promote the ragtime form, Sue has established The Ragtime Press , devoted to the publication of original sheet music. She currently resides in Oak Forest, IL, under her married name of Mrs. Howard Vigorita.