The Mint Jam
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
Doors 9:30 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
By the age of 15 he was under the tutelage of the great Jeff Hamilton, who become a serious mentor and musical father figure to him. At age 20, Kevin was the first drummer to ever receive the Los Angeles Jazz Society Shelly Manne new talent award. An award given out by Flip Manne, Shelly's widow. That same year Kevin was invited to perform at the Hollywood bowl in a 4 generations of jazz drumming, along with Jazz drumming legends, Billy Higgins, Louie Bellson, Jeff Hamilton, and fellow youngster, Marco Minnegan.
From there, Kevin has spent his career touring and performing with some of the biggest names in Jazz since his late teens. These Artists include John Pizzarelli, Maureen McGovern, The Gilbert Castellanos Quintet, The Bill Holman Band, The Gerald Clayton Trio, The Clayton Brothers, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Jane Monheit, Lee Konitz, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Goldings, Charles McPhearson, Benny Green, Bob Hurst, Peter Washington, Terell Stafford, Russell Malone, Stefon Harris, Johnny Mandel, Larry Koonse, The Eric Reed Trio, Mary Stallings, Bill Henderson, Anat Cohen, Dominic Faranacci, Carolyn Leonhart, Larry Goldings, Anthony Wilson Nonet and Trio, Laurence Hobgood, Bob Hurst, Joe Magnarelli, Helen Sung, Monty Alexander, Houston Person, Wycliffe Gordon, Patrick Cornelius, Randy Napoleon, Walter Smith III, James Morrison and many more.
Kevin was an integral part of Lionel Hampton Jazz festival as an 7year long member of its "All Star Rhythm Section", which Includes Bassist Ben Williams, Pianist Josh Nelson and Guitarist Graham Dechter. Kevin was also on faculty at Port Townsend jazz festival @ Centrum.