Keaton Royer

Keaton Royer

piano

Winner of the outstanding Soloist Award from Downbeat Jazz Magazine, Keaton Royer studied jazz theory and classical piano with Kurt Ellenberger in Grand Rapids, MI.  From middle school through high school, he played piano in the Northview (MI) High School Jazz Ensemble.  He polished his musical skills at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy and then enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he earned at BFA in Jazz Studies, concentrating on composition and improvisation with the internationally acclaimed pianist Geri Allen.  While at U. of M., Keaton performed with many jazz greats, including Lee Konitz, Robert Hurst, Curtis Fuller, Buster Williams, and Wendell Harrison.  Based in Ann Arbor, he performs and records with various bands and works as a musical accompanist in the University of Michigan Department of Dance.