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Kevin Brady

Kevin Brady is a professional musician from Dublin, Ireland with over twenty 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, were his teachers included Kim Plainfield, Bobby Sanabrias and Gene Jackson. Other teachers have included Ralph Peterson, Keith Copeland, Jeff Ballard, Matt Wilson & Ben Perowsky.

He received a Licentiate Diploma in Drumkit Performance the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and achieved first class Honors for his Master's Degree in Music from Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and more recently Post Grad. Diploma from Trinity College, Ireland.

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, The Scott Flanigan Trio, The RBG Trio, The Richie Buckley Quintet & The Tommy Halferty Trio.

Kevin has performed both at home and abroad with International artists such as: Peter Bernstein (Guitar), Seamus Blake (Sax), Norma Winstone (Vocals), Pee Wee Ellis (Sax), Bill Carrothers (Piano), Larry Coryell (Guitar), Perico Sambeat (Sax), Ian Shaw (Vocals),Lars Jannson (Piano) Nir Felder (Guitar) John Ruocco (Clarinet), Ronnie Cuber (Sax), Guy Barker (Trumpet), Bobby Watson (Sax) 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, Tadhg Cooke and more recently 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’ throughout Ireland.

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 and will begin lecturing at DCU (Dublin City University) on the new BA Degree in Jazz & Contemporary Performance. He has conducted numerous workshops & masterclasses worldwide as a product endorsed artist for Evans Drumheads, Zildjian Cymbals & Vic Firth Drumsticks.

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“Brady is worth keeping an eye on” —Downbeat

“Brady is an impressive drummer with strong chops, impeccable taste, creative and most notably, a terrific tone” —All About Jazz

Downbeat Magazine

Over the years, the commendable efforts of the label Fresh Sounds New Talent have provided some exposure to young musicians who. if deserving, are yet to define their musical vision. Although Irish drummer cannot be accused of bringing Bill Carrothers with the unique purpose of gaining credibility - the two seem to have developed a solid working relationship - the pianist provides most of the material and the recording definetely bears his mark and displays his most lyrical and romantic side. The most memorable aspects of the first part of the program are Brady's playing on his " Out of the Blue" and Carrothers Russian folk song quotes on his own " That Russian Thing." At midpoint, with the delightfully zany " Waltz Macabre" characterized by the pianist's rhythmic imagination and the drummer's circus rolls, the proceeding take a turn for the better. The title track is a collective effort that suggests that the trio is even more at ease without the constraints of fixed parameters. As a drummer and a leader, Brady avoids the common mistake of indulging himself and only takes one short solo. Building on his strengths of Zeitgeist, Brady is worth keeping an eye on. Written by Alain Drouot..

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Drummer/producer Kevin Brady has been performing professionally for 25 years. He has studied in New York with Kim Plainfield and Bobby Sanabrias; In 2008 in Havana, Cuba with Jose Eladio. Other teachers have included Jeff Ballard, Matt Wilson, Ben Perowsky, Elliot Zigmund. He has performed with artists such as : Seamus Blake,Nir Felder,Randy Ingram,Norma Winstone,Peter Bernstein,Perico Sambeat,Bill Carrothers, Larry Coryell,Ronnie Cuber, Bobby Watson to name a few. He has performed at many of the leading festivals & clubs throughout the world

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Clouded Lines

SF Sounds


RBG Trio

Auragami Records


Plan B

Ubuntu Music


Happy Ever After

No Better Man



Lpr Music



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