Kevin Mahogany

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Kevin Mahogany
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Jazz singer Kevin Mahogany at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Jazz Fest on March 4, 2007
Born (1958-07-30) July 30, 1958 (age 58)
Kansas City, Missouri

Kevin Mahogany (born July 30, 1958,[1] in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American jazz vocalist who became prominent in the 1990s. He is known for his scat singing,[2] and his singing style has been compared with jazz singers Joe Williams[3] and Johnny Hartman.[4]

Early years[edit]

Kevin 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."[5] 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.[6]

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."[7]

Mahogany appeared in Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City, playing a character said to be based on Kansas City singer Big Joe Turner.[8]

Kevin Mahogany lists his vocal influences as Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Al Jarreau and Eddie Jefferson.[9] As a jazz educator, Mahogany has taught at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Miami.[10]


With Enja Records:

  • Double Rainbow (1993)
  • Songs and Moments (1994)
  • You Got What It Takes (1995)
  • Pussy Cat Dues (2000)

With Warner Bros.:

  • Kevin Mahogany (1996)
  • Another Time Another Place (1997)
  • My Romance (1998)
  • Portrait of Kevin Mahogany (2000)

With Telarc:

  • Pride and Joy (2002)

With Jazz Empress

  • Warming Up Kansas City (2003)

Under his own label, Mahogany Music:

  • Big Band (2004)
  • To Johnny Hartman (2004)

With Elvin Jones


  1. ^ "Kevin Mahogany biography". Richard De La Font Agency. 
  2. ^ Enja Records. "Kevin Mahogany biography". 
  3. ^ Scott Yanow. "Kevin Mahogany biography". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ Dan Emerson. "Mahogany's tribute does justice to Kansas City jazz". Pioneer Press. 
  5. ^ "Minnesota State University Mankato Past JazzFest Events". Minnesota State University. Retrieved 2008-07-30. 
  6. ^ Kevin Mahogany. "Kevin Mahogany biography". 
  7. ^ Kevin Mahogany. "Kevin Mahogany biography". 
  8. ^ "Kevin Mahogany". All About Jazz. 
  9. ^ Kevin Mahogany. "Kevin Mahogany biography". 
  10. ^ Jim Newsom. "Kevin Mahogany: An Independent Voice". Portfolio Weekly. 

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