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Kevin Kendrick is a Brooklyn-based DJ, music educator, multi-instrumentalist, (vibraphone, turntables, guitar, bass, drums and keys) composer, producer, and songwriter.  He graduated "Outstanding Percussionist in Music" from The Interlochen Arts Academy, attended The University of Colorado on a full scholarship, and has an MA in Composition from The University of Bristol in Bristol, England.  He fronts "The Hippest Pop Band You've Ever Heard in Your Life" (Richard Gehr, The Village Voice), A Big Yes and a small no, a Gary Burton cover band called Scary Burton, and plays in several other groups on a variety of instruments, including The Shitty Rainbows,  a duo with legendary drummer Joe Russo, and the yearly Tribute to Portishead at Le Poisson Rouge.  His older band, Fat Mama, won a Jammy in 2000 and was nominated for two others in 2001.  His songs and score work for Film and Television have been featured at too many major festivals (including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto)  to name, as well as broadcast and cable television.  Most recently, one of his songs was featured prominently in the hit indie film A Short History of Decay, Produced by the great Milos Forman.

Kevin Kendrick is in demand in the studio both as a session musician and as a producer, where his multi instrumentalism really shines.  As an educator, Kevin Kendrick guest-lectured at Sarah Lawrence, spent 4 years as the Music Director of The School of Rock in Tenafly, NJ, taught for 6 years at the New York SOR before that, and has taught privately for 15 years.  He has toured the U.S., Canada, and The U.K. extensively with a laundry list of artists and groups.  He has performed and recorded with everyone from New York Downtown legends like Steve Bernstein, Pat Irwin (The B-52's),and (Miles Davis alum) James "Blood" Ulmer, to legendary DJs like Mista Sinister of the X-Men and Mr. Dibbs of the 1200 Hobos, to George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Gary Jules, Humphrey's McGee, Joe Russo, Robbers on High Street, Trey Anastasio, Marco Benevento and many others.  

 

Photographer: Drew Catlin

Musician: Kevin Kendrick

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