With the July 24 release of his classical jazz concept album New American Suite by his new trio the Kevin Toney 3, the acclaimed pianist will be showcased on Friday, August 24th with the official CD launch party/concert at Vitello’s in Studio City, CA. By the way, Vitello’s Jazz and Supper Club is at 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. Their phone number is 818.769.0905
With compositions such as “Spacious Skies,” “E Pluribus Unum” and a dynamic new arrangement of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Toney’s New American Suite is a richly inspired salute to the new forward thinking spirit of America that blends traditional acoustic jazz trio music with the compositional expanse of classical movements. The Kevin Toney 3 features Michael Bradford on bass and Chris Coleman on drums.
Kevin Toney first came to prominence as a founding member of the pioneering `70s soul-jazz band The Blackbyrds, a group assembled under jazz legend and educator Dr. Donald Byrd that enjoyed major hits that include the Grammy®-nominated “Walking in Rhythm,” “Rock Creek Park” and “Soft and Easy.”
Toney has reassembled saxophonist Allan Barnes and guitarist Orville Saunders and fleshed them out with others including daughter Dominique Toney on lead vocals and second keyboards. The Blackbyrds also recently performed a return concert engagement at the Morongo Casino (near Palm Springs) on Friday August 17.
Kevin Toney 3 – The New American Suite CD Available Now!