The Manny Kellough Jazz Trio/Quartet
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Groovin' and Swingin' - Manny Kellough Trio - 2007,
You can hear Manny's work on all of Billy Preston's hit recordings, including "NOTHING FROM NOTHING", "WILL IT GO ROUND IN CIRCLES" etc. Also on Larry Graham's recording "ONE IN A MILLION", Sanford & Son TV Theme Song.

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4 GOLD RECORDS w/Billy Preston, including the hit song, “Nothing From Nothing”
A GRAMMY AWARD for Best New Artist w/Graham Central Station,1974.
BEST JAZZ BAND – The Black Music Academy, 2007 - The Manny Kellough Jazz Trio

PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS : The Late Legendary Billy Preston for over 25 years. * Graham Central Station * The Platters *Lou Ragland ‘s “ World Famous “ Ink Spot’s *Carmen McCrae * Doby Gray * Freddie Hubbard * The Late Great Ray Charles * The Main Ingredient *The Late Rev. James Cleveland * The Rolling Stones on The Goat’s Head Soup Tour, 1974 * Barry White * Quincy Jones ( Sanford & Son TV Them Song ) * Carnegie Hall -3 Performances * Produced The First Las Vegas Gospel Music Awards Ceremony 2002 * Lenny Welch and The Legendary Flamingos.

Most session players dream about playing for just one legend. Manny’s career is peppered with legendary performances, multiple gold records and a Grammy Award. The California native began playing drums at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, providing the backdrop to gospel music at the tender age of eight. After honing his skills in the school marching band, he was ready to take on his first “professional gig”. Recording called “The Fat Man“ with HANK JACOBS and the TKO’s provided the training ground that launched a career that spans more than four and a half decades.

In 1974, armed with experience, a master’s degree in music from University of Southern California and heightened passion for his craft, the young drummer set his sights on playing serious music. Already well known in the industry as an excellent session musician, Manny was invited to join GRAHAM CENTRAL STATION. Within a year the group was nominated for a Grammy.

From a young drummer to an accomplished Drummer Extraordinaire, Manny Kellough knows music. His distinctive sound can be heard on numerous compilations and renditions of jazz standbys. Thirty years as a sought after session musician on numerous jazz, pop and rock compilations has given him “ legendary“ status among his peers and newcomers. Manny often acknowledges that he “learned what drumming was all about” While on tour with the legendary RAY CHARLES. And although he’s gifted in all genres of music, it was while touring with jazz greats Carmen McRae and later, FREDDIE HUBBARD that he felt the call and passion to “play jazz”.

Manny’s versatile talents and mastery as a drummer can be also heard in the sounds of the seventies accompanying artist including the ROLLING STONES, the MAIN INGREDIENT, and BARRY WHITE.