Star Drums & Lady Keys

- Star Drums & Lady Keys -

"Star Drums and Lady Keys" is a musical duo combining the New Orleans drumming of Leslie "Star Drums" Milton with the Chicago piano of Gael "Lady Keys" Kurath.  Their music centers on blues and ranges to R&B, soul, and New Orleans party music. With regard to histories, Leslie was drumming in the New Orleans French Quarter at the age of 12 and toured the whole Chitlin circuit and the Apollo Theater in his teens. As a session drummer in Los Angeles for many years he played with famous blues and soul artists including Johnny Otis, Etta James, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Roy Brown, and Ike & Tina Turner.  After moving to Seattle in 1977, he played with the Blue Lights, Slam Hound Hunters, and Freddie James. Leslie has been honored to receive the Drummer of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hall of Fame membership, and Living Blues Legend awards from the Washington Blues Society.  Upon teaming up with Gael in 1998 they both learned to sing (really), and found that they shared a love for the same styles of great music. Their partnership was honed by 11 years of playing every saturday at the Alligator Soul Restaurant in Everett.  Since that wonderful ride ended with the closing of the restaurant in 2010 they have been playing a broader range of venues including clubs, restaurants, and private parties.  Les had his 80th (!!!) birthday last year and is still drumming strong - the beat goes on!

See Leslie's Music Bio and Gael's Music Bio for more…