Keith Price is a Winnipeg-based guitarist and composer who learned his first chords from his Grandfather on a dark-red hollow-bodied guitar. After receiving a small radio as a birthday present, Price became interested in the music of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Propagandhi. At age fifteen, the intensity and rawness of John Coltrane’s expression drew him into the world of jazz. Later, Price studied at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and the University of Manitoba before completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in music at Brandon University where he studied with internationally recognized pianist and composer Michael Cain.
Price’s omnivorous listening habits are the foundation of his expressive musical style which combines old jazz, new jazz, folk, noise and funk. His sound is a mixture of colours, textures, and flavours from different genres, filtered on stage through the act of improvisation. Whether performing with an eight-piece band, a trio, or as a solo guitarist, Price’s musical approach focuses on openness, imagination, and the search for a shared connection with the audience.
‘The notes and chords he uses weaves this dream-like atmosphere in his environment. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of silence with his instrument and he knows how to use space in his playing, the result being that the atmosphere stays even though he doesn’t play constantly. The rest of the band carries the atmosphere he’s created.’ –TicketMOMster
‘I feel that, at times, Keith flies under the radar here at home, which is a shame. In a blindfold test, his albums could hold up well with releases from anywhere in the world.’ – Keith Black
‘In 2017, guitar wizard Keith Price assembled an all-star crew of local jazz instrumentalists for his double quartet, and created a powerful record that will burrow into your brain more and more with every listen.’ – Sam Thompson of Witchpolice Radio
Keith Price has released six albums; Double Quartet (2017), Live at 101.5 UMFM (2015), The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (2015), Solo Guitar (2013), Gaia/Goya (2011), and Breakfast of Champions (2009).
Performance highlights include: The TD Jazz Winnipeg Festival, The Montreal International Jazz Festival, CBC Canada Live, Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Cafe Resonance in Montreal, The Rainbow Trout Music Festival, and Jazz on the Rooftop at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.