Kevin Mahogany - jazz vocalist
When Kevin Mahogany cut his first records in the early and mid-‘90s, he was generally regarded as a welcome anomaly: a young male jazz vocalist in a field where most of his colleagues were either women or men over 60. With a voice reminiscent of the late Joe Williams, Mahogany has since established himself as a leader and an innovator in vocal jazzfor either gender and for any generation.
Born in 1958 in Kansas City, Missouri, Mahogany grew up with the sound of Memphis and Motown as well as the ever- evolving rock and roll in the turbulent ‘60s. He studied clarinet, piano and became an accomplished baritone saxophonist, performing with Eddie Baker’s New Breed Orchestra while still in high school. His interest in singing began as a child, and continued to develop. His first organized singing was in church during his senior year in high school. At the same time, Kevin was very attracted to singers such as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and Eddie Jefferson. He attended Baker University in Kansas, where the industrious Mahogany founded a jazz choir. He entered the school in 1976 and graduated with a BFA in Music, English and Drama in 1981.