Kevin Kozol: Piano, Keyboards (Moog Artist)
Kevin Kozol is a pianist, composer and educator living in Chicago, IL. He is one the founding members of the jazz fusion trio, Spare Parts, who are currently signed to Ropeadope Records. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in theory/composition from Southern Illinois University and his master’s degree in jazz performance from DePaul University. Kevin has studied with world renowned musicians and composers such as Larry Novak, David Baker, Dan Haerle, David Hazeltine, Frank Stemper, Phil Brown, Robert Allison, Tom Matta, and Heidi Louise Williams.
In 2018, Kevin toured and recorded extensively with guitar virtuoso, Fareed Haque and headlined shows across North America and Canada, During this tour, Kevin had the opportunity to perform at premier jazz clubs and festivals including, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Green Mill, Dazzle Jazz, Savannah Jazz, Moe's Alley, and Corazon Arts Center. In the midst of the North American tour, Kevin had the honor of performing with the legendary jazz fusion group, Garaj Mahal who headlined "Folly Fest" in New Brunswick, Canada for nearly 10,000 people. In 2017, Kevin, along with Fareed Haque and the Funk Bros, performed with the great saxophonist, Javon Jackson as they headlined the Glen Ellyn Jazz Festival. In 2015, the group performed with Grammy award winning Indian percussionist, Vicki Vinayakram and saxophonist/composer, George Brooks for the "Eye of India Festival" in Chicago.
Kevin is looking forward to recording with Fareed Haque and the Secret Tango Society this Spring as they take on the music of Haitian composer, Franz Casseus! The group will be performing at this music in April at the Metropole Performing Arts Center and Millennium Park in June!
Also, be on the lookout for the latest Fareed Haque and the Funk Bros album to be officially released in 2019 which also includes bassist, Alex Austin and drummer, Greg Fundis.
Kevin's main project, Spare Parts, will be recording their 7th studio album in early 2019, which will be released on Ropeadope Records. Spare Parts will be touring nationally in 2019 and look forward to promoting their new release. The trio has performed major festivals and clubs both nationally and internationally over the years, including Peru Jazz Festivall, Chi-Town Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, Dazzle, Summer Camp Music Festival, Wakarusa, House of Blues, Metro, and Congress Theater to name a few. In 2008, Kevin had the opportunity to perform with saxophone icon Lenny Pickett when he joined his group for a set at the Peru Jazz Festival.
Press for Spare Parts:
"...music like that of Spare Parts used to be part of the pop landscape and their new tunes are so user friendly, it’s time to reintroduce you to the whole jazz-fusion thing as done up right by this Chicago trio." -Richard Milne, host Local Anesthetic 93.1 WXRT Chicago
"I'm always looking for the new and unique and quite often I look to the Chicago scene where there's always something interesting to be found. From that fertile ground comes BRIGHT MINOR from one of my favorite Chicago groups these days, SPARE PARTS. These guys squeeze more out of keyboards, bass and drums than any trio you'll find anywhere!" Russ Davis- Modern Jazz Radio (MOJA)
"These three can lay down some serious funk, whether it be the kind meant to get you on the dance floor, or the kind that makes you tap your foot while your mouth is left gaping. Clearly, a band that can lay down the funk for seventy minutes with nary a dull spot in the mix is doing something right. Very right." - Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine
“One of the things that keep Spare Parts' music fresh is their constant evolution. They never rest on their laurels, content with where they are at. Rather, they push their own boundaries, along with those of the audience. This especially comes out in their live performances where the band manages to take what might otherwise be seen as a convoluted mess of genres and transform that into something that is not only coherent, but quite enjoyable. Spare Parts is entirely original and refreshing.” – Western Herald, Kalamazoo, Mi
Over the years, Kevin has shared the stage with artists such as Wayne Krantz, Keith Carlock, Victor Wooten, George Clinton, Lenny Pickett, Marco Benevento, Stanton Moore, Liquid Soul, The Jazz Mandolin Project and even Snoop Dogg. Kevin’s original compositions can be heard on six Spare Parts’ albums and two Kevin Kozol Group recordings. As a sideman, Kevin has recorded with Fareed Haque and the Funk Bros, Rajiv Halim Sextet. and Matt Shevitz and is currently working on several new projects.
Kevin is currently an adjunct professor at Harold Washington College where he teaches music theory, group piano and private lessons. Outside of the college, Kevin is an active clinician around the Chicago-land area and has worked with the Illinois Music Educators Association for many years. He has given numerous master classes at some of the most highly acclaimed schools across the country. Kevin is the owner and founder of House Call Music LLC. House Call Music is a teaching service in the Chicago land area that provides quality music instruction in the comfort of your own home.
Kevin was an endorsed Moog artist for several years and uses all vintage equipment in live performances including a Wurlitzer 200a, Fender Rhodes (Mark II), Honer Clavi C, and Moog LItte Phatty to name a few.