About Kevin Mahogany:

As a student at Baker University, Kevin performed with various instrumental and vocal ensembles and formed his own vocal jazz choir. After graduating, he returned to his roots in Kansas City, attracting a huge following throughout the 1980s. All the while, Kevin was continuing to develop his own style, absorbing the work of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Al Jarreau and Eddie Jefferson. Shortly thereafter, he was introduced to Frank Mantooth, and a friendship developed that had Kevin being featured on Frank's next CD.

In February 1993, Kevin’s debut album " Double Rainbow" hit the record stores. Its seldom-heard ballads, bop tunes and blues were met with instant acclaim. In 1995, he signed with Warner Brothers and released several CDs. In 2002 Kevin signed with Telarc,  and released "Pride and Joy", a tribute to the music of the great Motown era. The shaping of these tunes became very important to Kevin." When you listen to the artists that we respect and call the masters of jazz, they were doing the same thing, performing the music of their youth," Kevin states. "I want to do the same, and continue the tradition."

Kevin has now started his own label, "Mahogany Jazz," and has two projects scheduled for release: "Kevin Mahogany Big Band" and "To Johnny Hartman, " a tribute to the incredible vocalist of the 1940-70's.

With eleven CD's as a leader, and quite a few as a sideman, Kevin has proved to be the quintessential jazz vocalist. Newsweek describes him as " the standout jazz vocalist of his generation." New Yorker magazine writer Whitney Balliet writes, "There is little Mahogany cannot do." Says the LA Times, "Mahogany is one of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years." Fresno City college is honored to have Ken as a guest artist for City Jazz 2008.

About featured guest artist Andy Martin:

Andy Martin Coming from a musical family, trombonist Andy Martin launched his career while still in his teens.  while traveling frequently for guest appearances. Andy Martin is truly a world-class jazz musician. His sparkling bebop lines and consummate musicianship make him equally at home on the stage or in the studio, and he maintains a busy schedule in L.A. as a recording artist, sideman, and section player,Andy has already released eight albums as either leader, or co-leader.  These albums showcase his dazzling improvisation alongside other top jazz artists such as the late Carl Fontana, Pete Christlieb, Bobby Shew, and Eric Marienthal. Andy leads a quartet on his latest record project, which is soon to be released on the Fresh Sounds label.  He has also collaborated as a sideman with jazz greats such as Stanley Turrentine and Horace Silver. He is also well-known for his work as a lead player, and featured soloist, with virtually every big band in L.A.  Most notably, he has performed with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, the Bill Holman Big Band, and Tom Kubis’ band.  He has also appeared in bands led by Jack Sheldon, Louis Bellson, and Quincy Jones, among others.

Andy has long been one of L.A.’s first call trombonists for commercial recordings, television and motion pictures, and live theater.  He has contributed on albums for many popular artists, including the Pussycat Dolls, Coldplay, and Michael Buble.  His television credits include major awards shows like the Grammys, the Emmys, and the Academy Awards.  He has also appeared regularly on the soundtracks of hit TV shows like “American Idol,” “Dancing With The Stars,” “Family Guy,” “American Dad,” “King of the Hill,” and the new series “Invasion.”

Andy’s motion picture credits include the soundtracks of over 75 major films, including a recent project, with Grammy Award winning rap artist Kanye West, for the soundtrack of Mission Impossible III.  The broad range of his career is a credit to his exceptional talent.  He counts among his influences the trombone greats Frank Rosolino and Carl Fontana, as well as saxophonist Michael Brecker and trumpeter Clifford Brown, and he has incorporated these different elements into a personal style that is a balance of accuracy and spontaneity, discipline and creativity.  He covers the whole range of the instrument with the same warm tone and impeccable articulation, and is equally adept in all styles, with a vocabulary of ideas that never grows stale.  His exciting improvisations and melodic fluidity showcase a level of technique hardly matched among trombonists. City Jazz is honored to present Andy to Valley jazz fans.


Festival Schedule:
Thursday April 3, 2008

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. - Student jazz performances (FCC Theatre, Recital Hall, Black Box Theatre) - Free admission
7:00 p.m. -  Awards Concert, (FCC Theatre) featuring:

•    Andy Martin

•    FCC Jazz Ensemble

•    FMCMEA Honor Jazz Ensembles


•    $10 general;  $8 Students, seniors, JazzFresno members

Friday April, 4th 2008

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Student vocal performances  (FCC Theatre) - Free admission

4:00 p.m.: Kevin Mahogany Master Class (FCC Theatre) - Free admission

8:00 p.m. - Showcase Concert, (FCC Theatre) featuring:

•    Kevin Mahogany Quartet

•    FCC Jazz Composers Orchestra


•    $20 general; $15 Students, seniors, JazzFresno members