Enduring years of forced childhood classical piano lessons, this Palo Alto, CA native eventually found himself stumbling upon the guitar, in hopes to find a new musical outlet with no pressure or expectations. From here, Kevin, sought out new teachers around the Bay Area, Michael Finley, and Rick Vandivier, to expand his knowledge of this alien instrument as well as a unfamiliar field of music called "Jazz"
Around the autumn months of 2009, Kevin moved to New York City, to pursue studies at the New School. Virtually a "nobody" Kevin slowly and steadily built his name over the years, performing at some of New York's most famous Venues including Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
, Carnegie Hall
, Symphony Space
, Kupferberg Center @ Queens College. Kevin also frequents smaller club/winebar/restaurant settings with his trio or duo including The Bar Next Door, Tomi Jazz
, Tutuma Social Club, The Shrine World Music
Venue, University of the Streets, Miles' Cafe, as well as private party events at SOHO House
, which was where part of the movie, Friends With Kids (2011) was filmed.
has been able to study with NY greats Mike Moreno, Lage Lund, John Riley Aaron Parks, Bob
Cranshaw, Reggie Workman, just to name a few. Kevin has also had the opportunity to perform alongside young and seasoned veterans on the scene including Peter Bernstein, Wycliffe Gordon, Jon Gordon, Philip Dizack, Brian Lynch, Phil Woods.
In Spring of 2012, Kevin was selected from a large pool of students to fly to Switzerland and perform in the 2012 Bern Jazz Festival.
Kevin has also been selected to be the guitarist for the 2012-2013 NYYS Jazz Band Classic.
NYYS 50th Anniv. @ Carnegie Hall 2012 (NY)
San Jose Jazz Festival (CA)
Bern Jazz Festival 2012 (Switzerland)