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Possessing an easy, effortless style that swings, Kevin's treatment of standards conveys an understanding of the culmination of melody, rhythm and lyric. While he loves standards, he does not think that they should be held in such esteem that they cannot grow and evolve. “Standards are not defined as being written between 1910 and 1950, they were just the pop tunes of that day. Rodgers and Hart wrote standards but so did Linda Creed and Thom Bell. Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Sting all composed standards Their pieces will be played 50 years from now and still sound fresh.” Kevin says that his pursuit as an artist is to “find those tunes and be part of the presentation that paints the picture with new colors.” Check out his work on Lennon and McCartney's “Can't Buy Me Love”.

Music, and singing especially, have always been an integral part of is life and as he says “I can't remember any phase of my life when I wasn't singing, I still recall my rendition of “Moon River at P.S. 111 in the Bronx, New York.” Kevin' musical education started in a way that many younger generation pick up the love; through his parents. “I grew up in a small apartment where the television and the record player were in the living room. If I wanted to watch TV and my parents wanated to listen to Johnny Hartman or Errol Garner, guess who won.” Sooner or later though, the benefits of his parents' musical taste made their way into his head even though that taste had to share space with the Ohio Players, Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power.

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