standout jazz vocalist of his generation.” Newsweek
With over ten recordings as a
leader, vocalist, businessman and educator Kevin Mahogany has been the
standard setter for jazz vocalists for three decades.
His broad baritone was forged in his
hometown: the legendary jazz metropolis known as Kansas City; where he
learned to swing like Charlie Parker, shout the blues like Big Joe
Turner, and cry a ballad like Lester Young; while, extending,
elaborating and refining the jazz vocal legacies of Lambert, Hendricks &
Ross, Eddie Jefferson and Al Jarreau into the myriad, interwoven
dimensions of music.
In addition to being a trend-setting leader
of the first order, Kevin Mahogany has also been an in-demand sideman
and guest artist with a select cadre of jazz stars. He’s recorded with
T.S. Monk, The Ray Brown Trio, Marlena Shaw, Roseanna Vitro, Carl Allen,
Barbara Morrison and Elvin Jones.
In 1996, Mahogany made his screen debut in
the 1996 Robert Altman film Kansas City, portraying a character
based on blues singer Big Joe Turner, and was also featured on
Mahogany is also an exceptional master
teacher, as evidenced by his well-received work teaching at the Berklee
College of Music in Boston and the University of Miami. He received an
Honorary Degree from his alma mater, Baker University, in 2001.
Well into the change of the
twenty first century, Kevin Mahogany continues to restructure the vocal
metaphysics of a jazz thing, with his dynamic and down-home artistry.