Primary Instrument: Drums
Kevin holds a Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto where he studied with drum teachers Barry Elms and Bob McClaren and with composition and theory teachers Phil Nimmons and Paul Reed. He received the Avedis Zildjian Percussion Scholarship in 2002 and has twice received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete a self-directed study residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (March 2005) and to further his professional studies in drumming and composition in New York City with Dan Weiss and John Hollenbeck (May 2006). He was also awarded a scholarship to attend the prestigious Banff International Jazz Workshop headed by Kenny Werner in 2002.
Kevin has been called “One of the most creative and musical drummers of his generation in this country” by Canadian saxophonist Mike Murley. He has played in Jazz festivals throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and U.SA. and has toured extensively throughout Canada including opening for the Herbie Hancock all-star quartet featuring Wayne Shorter at the Ottawa international jazz festival.
Kevin was born in 1979 in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Since moving to Toronto in 1998 Kevin has performed and or recorded with Canadian Jazz luminaries Don Thompson, Pat LaBarbara, David Braid, Bob Brough, Alex Dean, Kevin Turcotte, Mike Murley, David Occhipinti, Ted Quinlin, and others. After living in Toronto for 6 years and establishing himself as an in demand drummer, Kevin made the move to Copenhagen to pursue further musical prospects. While there his main activities were leading and composing for his sextet and trio, performing in other projects as a sideman and continual drum and composition study. After living for only a short period in Copenhagen Kevin performed with many top Danish jazz musicians such as, Thomas Frank, Jakob Anderskov, Jakob Dinesen, and also established his sextet and trio comprised of members both from Denmark and Norway. In September 2006, after receiving a grant from the Canada council for the arts Kevin made another move to New York City to study drumming and composition with two of his favorite musicians; Dan Weiss and John Hollenbeck. Kevin is currently living in New York and is constantly working at performing, studying and writing music. Kevin is constantly seeking out ways to expand his musical influences and is always interested in expanding the definition of his musical boundaries.