Twenty seven year old trumpeter Kevin Hackler began playing music in his native Virgina at eight years old, starting on guitar and drums. He first picked up the trumpet to join the school band in fifth grade. After relocating to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during his seventh grade year Hackler began to take an interest in jazz, joining the newly formed school jazz band. Landing his first gig with the House of Blues Big Band in Myrtle Beach at age fifteen Hackler was motivated to pursue music as a career.
Kevin Hackler graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Music Performance from the College of Charleston, studying under such great influences as drummer Quentin Baxter, trumpeters Lyle van Wie and Charlton Singleton, composers David Maves and Trevor Weston, and pianist Tommy Gill. During his time at the college and afterward, Kevin had the opportunity to tour with several bands across the United States and Europe and finally becoming a band leader himself.
Absalon is one of the finest original works of 2007
T. Ballard Lesemann, Charleston City Paper
Absalon is one of those albums that won't just serve as
background music during conversation. Rather, it can easily
be seen as the subject of conversation.
Ronald Jackson, Jazz Review.com
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