A native of Washington, DC, Keith Ailer
is an expressive, accessible jazz vocalist/composer who sometimes detours into R&B. Ailer
, whose mother Audrey J. Ailer was an English teacher for Washington's public schools, became interested in music at an early age but didn't decide to seriously pursue a career in music until he was in his early 20s. At the University of the District of Columbia, Ailer
studied jazz under professor Calvin Jones
, and he studied voice with Charlotte Holloman at Howard University's School of Music. In 1999, Ailer signed with Jazzateria and recorded the promising Spaces and Places.