Primary Instrument: Guitar
Kevin Mackenzie is one of Scotland�s most in-demand musicians with projects ranging from Trio AAB and the Scottish Guitar Quartet to the Finlay Macdonald Band and Jenna Reid. He has toured all over the world and has recorded on over 40 albums.. He won the prestigious 'Creative Scotland Award in 2001. The resulting nine peice CD Another new Horizon was Album of the month in the Observer and Album of the week in the Guardian newspapers .
He has just recorded a new CD featuring Ben Perowsky, Boris Kozlov and Donny McCaslin due for release late Summer 09. .
The Quartet CD, Chiasmus; with Julian Arguelles, Aidan O'Donnel and Alyn Cosker is available direct from the artist at www.laundryroommusic.co.uk, iTunes and CD baby, also available from other retail outlets including Amazon from April 14th.
Some people he has performed and or recorded with are Andy Stewart, Ari Hoenig, Pete King, John McCusker, Alyth McCormack, Simon Thoumire, Petter Wettre, Benny Carter, Phil Cunningham, Aidan O'Rourke, Chris Stout, Jenna Reid, Tam White, Martyn Bennett, Tony Scott, Rufus Harley, Kenny Wheeler, Julian Argueles, John Rae, Brian Finnegan, Charlie Mckerron, Donald Shaw, Various types of Bancrofts, Tommy Smith, Jim Sutherland, Scottish Guitar Quartet, Sunhoney, Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen, Fiddlers Bid, David Berkman, Reid Anderson, and many others. United Kingdom
Awards:Creative Scotland Award 2001
Mackenzie demonstrates a composer's ear and vision that equals his improvising skills The Guardian
Cooking is the best way to describe award-winning jazz- guitarist, Kevin Mackenzie's stellar performance The Daily Record
..an excellent example of what's going on north of the border The Observer
Trio Review in Herald
Mackenzie's parallel career in traditional music often shines through in his melodies - the smart, mobile Fall of Stout was inspired by a certain well- known fiddler's, er, hiccup - although the group's tightness and easy ebb and flow suggest jazzer John Scofield's 1970s trio updated.
As with Scofield, too, there's bite as well as understated elegance in Mackenzie's soloing and, in Caribe and Sorensen, he has partners who contribute strong individual sounds as well as notes and, in the latter, a drummer conversant with both graceful colouring and Hip- Hoperation's dancing street funk.” The HERALD 1st June 2007
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Lecturer at 'The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland', teaches privately.