THE KEVIN BURGESS PROJECT

 

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Kevin Burgess, photo by ASA Phothographic

 

MUSICIANS

Kevin Burgess
Kevin Burgess is originally from Connecticut and started playing saxophone in the 4th grade . Music became a constant pull early on and soon he developed a very emotive passionate style of playing.After leaving Connecticut he ventured off playing rock and blues in various scenes while at college in Rhode Island. At this time he started playing guitar and became a singer songwriter playing around at local bars and coffee shops .
After moving to Boston he played Alto , Soprano sax and percussion in an all original rock band. While taking a few years off raising a family and working , music was still an ever present force. He started to take some jazz classes at Longy School of Music in Cambridge. He also was a student with Miles Donahue for a few years on and off .While playing GB jazz gigs here and there he started writing music as a singer song writer again .
It was at that point the merging the singer song writing with all the years of saxophone playing started to happen. In 2008 he entered the studio and began work on "Put Yourself Out There" recruiting jazz players Mike Connors and Greg Loughman to back up the edgy acoustic rock that was now the main focus of his song writing. Finally Backing female vocalist Lori Diamond added a new dimension to the mix along with Eric Kilburn's weisenborn playing. The result was an interesting mix of musical styles and genres . All was written,produced and arranged by Kevin Burgess with the assistance of Eric Kilburn. In 2009 "Put Yourself Out There" was released . He then began playing solo acoustic shows around Boston ,Providence ,and New Haven.
Not wasting any time he immediately returned to the studio and two years later had another 14 tunes to record . Again he called on jazz players Mike Connors(drums) and Greg Loughman (bass) .However, this time he had a new higher energy level and new texture with session player Kevin Barry on lap steel and electric guitar.Once again adding female backing vocals (Perry Desmond /Davies this time)and the fine mandolin and wiesenborn work of Eric Kilburn. The result of the two years of work is "The Real Place ". A more focused voice of The Kevin Burgess Project now settling into it 's own sound.


 

Eric
Eric Kilburn

 

Eric Kilburn
Eric Kilborn has been at the helm of Wellspring Sound since 1980 as owner ,producer and sound engineer.He has produced over 700 albums including the recent grammy winning album of Esperanza Spalding.
He is an accomplished mandolin ,guitar and weisenborn player.He plays regularly around New England with his own band The Swing Café:
http://swingcafeband.com
http://www.wellspringsound.com
email at eckilburn@gmail.com

 

 

KEevin Barry
Kevin Barry

 

Kevin Barry
Kevin Barry is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
"You have to have musical humility, to think about the song first. The song is the focus, not the guitar solo."
• Band member with Paula Cole and Mary Chapin Carpenter
• Performances with Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, and Jonatha Brooke
• Recordings with Paula Cole, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Susan Tedeschi, and Mighty Sam McClain
• Toured with Ray Lamontagne ,Peter Wolfe
www.Berklee.edu/faculty/detail/kevin-barry

 

Perry
Perry Desmond

 

Perry Desmond/Davies
Originally from Maine, now living near Boston, Perry Desmond-Davies began performing on the New England coffeehouse scene as a teenager, then stashed away the music to focus on career and family. After signing up for a random open-mike performance a few years later, she finally returned to her music roots, and has been sharing her amazing voice and heartfelt songs with happy listeners ever since.
Perry has been was a finalist in Portsmouth, NH's first annual Prescott Park Arts and Acoustic Festival Emerging Singer-Songwriter competition, and was recently chosen as a finalist for the well-known Susquehanna Music Fest in Havre de Grace, MD. She has also hosted several successful coffeehouses and open mikes, including The Gathering Place(Nashua, NH), The Pleasant Café Open Mike(Maynard, MA), and her most recent venture, the Maynard Public Library "Unplugged" monthly music series
http://www.perrydesmond-davies.com/

 

 

Greg Loughman
Greg Loughman

 

Greg Loughman
Greg Loughman started playing electric bass at age fifteen in the small town of Zanesville, OH. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in the field of jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennet), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fischer. While in college, he worked his way into the Columbus, OH jazz scene. Upon graduation, he quickly rose to a prominent position as one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest.  After spending a year in Montana, Greg moved to Boston, where he continues to pursue an active schedule of performing and recording.  He has performed with musicians including Curtis Fuller, JoAnne Brackeen, Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Judi Silvano, Kenwood Dennard, Greg Abate, Ray Santisi, Al Vega, Grammy-nominated pianist Phillip Aaberg, guitarist Mimi Fox, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Carlos Malta, jazz violinist Christian Howes, singer Patti Page, actor/singer James Naughton, and the Jimmy Dorsey Big Band, among many others. His musical career has taken him on tours of Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Czech Republic, and Japan. Greg is also a faculty member at the University of Maine in Augusta and Bowdoin College, where he teaches private bass lessons.
Visit Greg's website: http://www.gregloughman.com


 

Mike Connors
Mike Connors

 

Mike Connors
Mike has studied jazz drumming at Berklee College of Music in Boston with jazz greats Joe Hunt and Alan Dawson. He performs not only on drums and percussion, but also on vibraphone as a freelance musician throughout New England in a variety of settings. He has traveled with several National Broadway Tours including, Bye Bye Birdie and Anything Goes (the Lincoln Center version). Mike has also toured the Caribbean with trumpeter Andre Rice as well as toured the U.S. and Europe with the avant garde pop group Combustible Edison whom he has also recorded several times with.
Mikeconnors@gmail.com


 

Lori Diamond
Lori Diamond

 

Lori Diamond
Sometimes described as a cross between Joni Mitchell, Aimee Mann and Alicia Keys, her influences include Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Liz Story and Sarah McLachlan. The result is an adult contemporary style infused with jazz, pop, folk and blues.
In 2003, Lori put her songwriting abilities to the test with her first solo album, Bound, which is dedicated to the memory of her sister. Since then, she has performed avidly as a soloist, and has added her voice and keyboard work to the albums of many local artists.
http://www.loridiamond.net/