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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Steve Tyrell
  • School / Univ. / Institution: Santa Barbara City College
  • Country: United States

At the age of 17 Kevin recorded his first album with the Matt Catingub Big Band featuring the legendary jazz singer Mavis Rivers. Over the next seven years he went on to record another five albums with this highly acclaimed Los Angeles based big band. When he was just twenty years old he began touring the country backing up one of the most successful pop duos in musical history—The Captain & Tennille. He toured and recorded with them for over ten years. In the summer of 1988, Kevin traveled the United States with the pop group Times Two opening for Debbie Gibson on her Out Of The Blue tour. In 1991 Kevin was requested by French rock star David Hallyday for his European tour and live album. That same year he traveled the world playing with pop icon Paul Anka.
Still striving to broaden his musical horizons, Kevin soon found himself working with two of the greatest vocalist of our time: Vic Damone and Jack Jones. “Working with these great singers and performers taught me so much about music”, he says, “to play for the song, to let the lyrics come through, these were some of the greatest lessons I could learn”. It was 1996 he began touring extensively with Sergio Mendes performing in the US, Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Canada and Europe.

From 1995-2005 he toured with world famous trumpet player Doc Severinsen (The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson) performing with symphony orchestras across the Country. "I had never worked with such an artist who was so dedicated to his craft. The consummate showman and performer, Doc always inspired me to play my best".
His drumming and percussion talents also led him to perform with artists such as Frank Sinatra Jr., Rosemary Clooney, John Rowles, Delaney Bramlett, Roger Williams, Carol Burnett, Hal Linden, Ray Anthony, Les Brown, Billy Barty, Patty Andrews of The Andrew Sisters, Mavis Rivers, Jim Nabors, Teka, Marylyn Horne, Luis Conte, Lew Soloff, Lou Marini, Marilyn Maye, Christine Ebersole, Gloria Loring, Debby Boone and many more.

Since 2005 he has been touring with singer Steve Tyrell. In the past six years Steve and the band have been to Japan, Europe, Singapore, the Philippines and the US extensively. With Steve he has performed on the Today Show numerous times, The CBS Early Show, The Tonight Show, Michael Parkinson's show in London and the Katarina Vitt's Stars of Ice show in Germany. His tours have also taken Kevin to perform at many European Jazz Festivals: Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey), Vitoria Jazz Festival (Spain), San Javier Jazz Festival (Spain), the Nairn Jazz Festival (Scotland) and in London twice at the prestigious Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Kevin can be heard on Steve Tyrell’s “Live At The Cafe Carlyle” and upcoming release, “I’ll Take Romance”.

As a producer he has been involved in projects such as, Camilla’s “Swing ‘n’ Sassy”, Mellonie Irvine’s debut release “You’ve Changed” and most recently Margie Nelson’s “Hungry Girl”.

He is also currently the drums and percussion instructor at Santa Barbara City College.

Kevin’s Cymbal Set-Up Includes:
14" New Beat HiHats.
22" K Constantinople Medium Thin High Ride, or
21" Custom Special Dry Ride
17" K Constantinople Crash
18" K Dark Thin Crash
22" K Constantinople Thin Low Ride w/ rivets on left.
16" K Constantinople Crash

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