Kevin Brady - Drummer/Producer/Lecturer
“Brady is worth keeping an eye on” Downbeat U.S.
“Brady is an impressive drummer with strong chops, impeccable taste, creative & most
notably, terrific tone” All About Jazz U.S.
Kevin Brady is a professional musician from Dublin, Ireland with over twenty five years
experience performing and recording both nationally and Internationally. He started his
musical studies from an early age performing on both piano and trumpet. His interest in
drumkit studies began at The Newpark Music Centre in Dublin and he later attended the
Drummers Collective in New York, where his teachers included Kim Plainfield, Bobby
Sanabrias and Gene Jackson. Other teachers have included Ralph Peterson, Keith Copeland,
Jeff Ballard, Matt Wilson & Ben Perowsky.
More recently, Kevin received first class honours in his MA in Music from The Cork School of
Music, CIT, Cork. He received a Licentiate Diploma in Drumkit Performance the London
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Kevin has researched and studied many different ethnic
drumming styles and this has led to extensive study periods in Havana, Cuba with World
reknowned percussionists Jose Eladio Amat & Luis Papine. He became a founding member of
the Hammond Organ trio Organics in 1997, thereafter they became the first recipients of The
Young Musicwide Award in Ireland. In Ireland, Kevin performs regularly with many of the
country’s leading musicians’ including The Michael Buckley Quartet & The Tommy Halferty
Kevin has performed both at home and abroad with International artists such as: Lage Lund
(Guitar), Jason Rebello (Piano),Brian Charette (Hammond Organ), Peter Bernstein (Guitar),
Seamus Blake (Sax), Norma Winstone (Vocals), Pee Wee Ellis (Sax), Bill Carrothers (Piano), Larry
Coryell (Guitar), Nir Felder (Guitar), Perico Sambeat (Sax), Ian Shaw (Vocals), John Ruocco
(Clarinet), Ronnie Cuber (Sax), Guy Barker (Trumpet), Bobby Watson (Sax), Randy Ingram (Piano)
Ulf Wakenius (Guitar) and Anders Bergcrantz (Trumpet).
In Ireland, Kevin has performed and recorded with artists & groups such as Van Morrison, Luka
Bloom, Jimmy McCarthy, Grada, Louis Stewart, Dave Geraghty and more recently with Hally &
The Hymns. In 2012 he performed with Grammy Award winning Violinist Monica Huggett &
The Irish Baroque Orchestra to perform the commissioned piece entitled ‘Groove Theory’
He has recorded on numerous recording sessions with established Irish and International
artists, and has played on numerous TV & radio shows for companies such as NBC, ABC, BBC,
CHANNEL 7 & many of Ireland’s national radio and television broadcasting companies. Kevin
has for many years been a member of the teaching faculty at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin,
teaching advanced drumkit studies & ensemble techniques on the BA Degree in Jazz in 2017
he began lecturing at The Dublin City University. He has conducted numerous workshops &
masterclasses worldwide as a product endorsed artist for Evans Drumheads and Bosphorus
Kevin has performed throughout the World at music festivals & venues such as: Copenhagen
Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Kento – Shanghai, Euro Jazz Fest –
Mexico, Angra Jazz Fest – Azores, Dubai Jazz Festival, Jazz Utsav Festival in India, Splash
Festival in South Africa, Glasgow Jazz Fest, Mai Jazz & Silda Jazz Fests in Norway, Paris Jazz
Festival & Cork International Jazz Festival. He has performed at many of the World’s most
prestigious venues such as The Sydney Opera House, London jazz clubs Ronnie Scotts & Pizza
He has also supported and performed on double-bill concerts with acts such as: Kurt Elling,
Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Andrew Hill, Swedish piano trio EST, Norwegian Composer
Bugge Wesseltoft & Soul legend Gil-Scott Heron.
In 2006 Kevin began to lead his own piano trio featuring the U.S. pianist/composer Bill
Carrothers and bassist Dave Redmond. Their aim was to create and produce compositions by
all members of the trio. The group have travelled widely and won the appreciation of
discerning jazz audiences as far afield as the USA, Europe, China and the Azores. To date they
have released three critically acclaimed studio albums entitled Common Ground & Zeitgeist.
Their latest album features ECM recording artist Norma Winstone and is entitled Ensam. This
recording was made possible by funding from The Arts Council of Ireland and The Music
Network and features new compositions & arrangements penned by Brady.
His latest studio album will be released in 2020 and features Saxophonist Seamus Blake, Bill
Carrothers on Fender Rhodes and Dave Redmond on Electric Bass. The album is entitled PLAN
B and will be available on CD,Vinyl and Digital Download.
My Jazz Story
I was first exposed to jazz.