Leno bandleader Kevin Eubanks featured at Belleayre Jazz Series
Highmount — The Catskill Mountain Jazz Series turns up the heat when soulful crooner Kevin Mahogany pays tribute to arguably the best jazz singer of them all, Johnny Hartman, on Friday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. at Belleayre Mountain.
Jay Leno’s Band Leader/Guitarist Kevin Eu-banks and his blazing quintet close out the series in red-hot fashion on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m. Concertgoers will enjoy these shows in the intimate setting of the Belleayre Jazz Club.
Kansas City native Kevin Mahogany has a gift for bebop, ballads, blues, and swinging jazz. Patrons at his Belleayre show will experience one of the great jazz voices of our time.
Kevin got his first taste of playing professionally at age 12 with Eddie Baker’s New Breed Orchestra. After college, he formed two groups, Mahogany, a cross between contemporary R& B and jazz and The Apollos, a ’60s R&B dance band.
Kevin starred as blues legend, “Big” Joe Turner” in Robert Altman’s film Kansas City Blues. Newsweek describes him as “the standout jazz vocalist of his generation.”
Millions of viewers have come to know Kevin Eubanks as the leader of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band, where his main purpose is to be the straight man to the comedian/host rather than play creative jazz. At Belleayre, Kevin will unleash the guitar talents that have gained him celebrated status.
From playing alongside legends like Art Blakey and Dave Holland, to his long-running work as the Leno band leader, Kevin has gained acclaim for a guitar style that incorporates the likes of Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin.
Kevin’s discography includes a wide spectrum of styles from GRP styled smooth jazz to avant garde acoustic to straight ahead trio to newer electric fusion. He has appeared on various TV shows and has written four feature film scores.
Upcoming shows include: Saturday, Aug. 22 – 8 p.m., Bob Marley’s band The Original Wailers; Sunday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m., KIDSTOCK featuring Uncle Rock and the Playthings with special guests Paul Green’s School of Rock (free admission); Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m., Mary Wilson of the Supremes; Saturday, Sept. 5 at 8 p.m., ABBA— The Tour.
Tickets for all shows in the 2009 summer concert season at the Belleayre Music Festival, are on sale via Ticketmaster. For additional information, please call 800 942-6904, ext. 1344 or visit: www.belleayremusic.org. The festival’s e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on where to stay, dine, shop or to simply enjoy the great outdoors when you’re in town for the Belleayre Music Festival, please visit: www.catskillhighpeaks.com, www.ulstertourism.info or www.greatwesterncatskills.com.
Belleayre Music Festival concerts are held on the grounds of Belleayre Mountain in Highmount.