Keith Kaminski received his bachelors’ degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music from Detroit’s Wayne State University. While at WSU, he studied saxophone and jazz performance privately with Detroit jazz great Larry Nozero, woodwinds with Detroit multi-reed instrumentalist Earl DeForest, and arranging techniques with pianist/writer/arranger Matt Michaels.  After graduating, Keith did two stints with Carnival Cruise Lines, where he met fellow Motor City Horn bandmate Mark Byerly.

Keith is in great demand as a saxophonist in the Detroit area, evidenced by his prolific recording with artists including Alberta Adams, Bettye LaVette, The Four Tops, Joe Weaver, Bill Heid, The Motor City Blues Pioneers, Motor City Josh, The Paul Keller Orchestra, The Paul Keller Sextet, The Chenille Sisters, The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, and Tangerine Moon Productions. He has also recorded for multiple television commercial spots.

In 1996, Keith was hired as tenor sax soloist with guitarist Johnnie Bassett’s band The Blues Insurgents, with whom he has recorded four CDs and toured Canada, Europe, and the United States. Keith continues his association with Johnnie Bassett, performing concerts, managing operations, and co-producing recordings for Mack Avenue Records.

Keith has performed in backing bands for such diverse artists as Natalie Cole, Burt Bacharach, The O’Jays, The Contours, The Temptations, Little Feat, Billy Preston, Kim Wilson, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, David Liebman, Little Eva, Johnnie Johnson, Big Jay McNeely, Sir Mack Rice, and John Sinclair. He has also toured with Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review (on the “Tom Joyner Tour”), The Detroit Blues Review (featuring Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, and Thornetta Davis), Bettye LaVette, The Jewel Tones (featuring Kim Wilson), and The Stan Kenton Alumni Band.



Oh, Yeah (2015)

David Shelby

(Featuring The Motor City Horns)

Rideout (2015)

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

The Cambodian Space Project (2014)

Whiskey Cambodia

Metal Postcard Records (2014)

Family Affair (2013)

Ledfurd Records


The Key West Connection (2013)

Don Middlebrook & The Pearl Divers

Hit & Run (2012)

Lakeshore Records

I Can Make That Happen (2012)

Johnnie Bassett

Mack Avenue Records/Sly Dog Label

Fell Toward None (2011)

Greg Nagy

Big O Records/Vizztone Label Group

Live At Callahan’s (2011)

Shaun Murphy

Vision Wall Records

Jeron Ronn (2010)

Jeron Ronn

Jon Plair (2010)

Jon Plair

Falling Through The Cracks (2009)

Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones

Doin’ The “D” (2009)

Alexander Zonjic

Heads Up/Concord Music Group

Local Boys (2009)

The Motor City Horns and Friends

Brass Jar Music

The Gentleman Is Back (2009)

Johnnie Bassett

Mack Avenue Records/Sly Dog Label

Rebirth (2009)


Planet E Records

Brush Fire (2009)

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra

WSG Music

A Family Album (2009)

The Verve Pipe

Tonight We Ride (2009)

The Reed & Dickinson Band

Early Seger, Vol. 1 (2009)

Bob Seger

Hideout Records

The Keeley Effect (2008)

Paul Priest with The Brothers Groove

Detroit Is My Home (2008)

Alberta Adams

Eastlawn Records

The Transmitter (2008)

Luster Kraft

Bona Dea Music Records

Live At The Cadillac Club (2008)

Root Doctor

Big O Records

Whatever It Takes (2008)

Scott Wilkonson

Nothing New Under The Sun (2007)

The Resurrection

50th Anniversary Celebration CD/DVD (2004)

The Four Tops

Image Entertainment

The Motor City Rhythm & Blues Pioneers (2002)

Joe Weaver, Stanley Mitchell, and Kenny Martin

Eastlawn Records

Season of Hope (2002)

The Brothers Groove featuring the Motor City Horns

Basement Vibes (2002)

The Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra featuring Marcus Belgrave

WSG Music


Paris Blues (2000)

The Bird of Paradise Orchestra

PKO Records

Say Baby Say (2000)

Alberta Adams

Eastlawn Records

DET Live! Vol. 1 (1999)

WDET-FM Studios

BINGO! (1998)

The Bird of Paradise Orchestra

PKO Records

Blues Across America: The Detroit Scene (1997)

Johnnie Bassett, The Butler Twins, and Alberta Adams

Cadillac Blues (1997)

Johnnie Bassett and The Blues Insurgents

Project X (1997)

The Bird of Paradise Orchestra

Hallelujah Train (1995)

Mr. B and The Bird of Paradise Orchestra