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Kevin Mahogany

Jazz Vocalist

Thu, Mar 17

Kevin Mahogany is an American jazz vocalist who became prominent in the 1990s.

He is known for his scat singing, and his singing style has been compared with jazz singers Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman.

Mahogany began his study of music as a child with piano and later learned to play the clarinet and baritone saxophone, performing with jazz bands and teaching music while still in high school.

“When I was a kid, music was just as important as English and math in our household” says Mahogany. “In fact piano lessons were a grade school staple for the whole family.”

Mahogany attended Baker University, where he performed with both instrumental and vocal ensembles and formed a vocal jazz group.

In 1981, Mahogany received his BFA in Music and English Drama.

After graduation, he returned to Kansas City where he attracted a local following in the 1980s performing with his groups, “The Apollos” and “Mahogany.” In 1991, he was featured on a CD by Frank Mantooth.

His first CD release as a solo artist was Double Rainbow in 1993. This was followed by the self-titled album Kevin Mahogany, which won him his first critical acclaim in the media, prompting Newsweek to call Mahogany “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.”

Mahogany appeared in Robert Altman’s 1996 film Kansas City, playing a character said to be based on Kansas City singer Big Joe Turner.

Kevin Mahogany lists his vocal influences as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Al Jarreau and Eddie Jefferson.

As a jazz educator, Mahogany has taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Miami.

* known for his scat singing,

* his singing style has been compared with jazz singers Joe Williams and Johnny Hartman.

* Newsweek calls Mahogany “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.”

‚ÄúRarely does a singer make you want to just sit down and listen. Close your eyes and you might think you’re in a jumpin’ after-hours joint. Mahogany, considered the top young jazz singer and who’ll portray Big Joe Turner in the Robert Altman film “Kansas City” next month, freshens a slew of standards. He scats up a storm.” -USA Today

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