Kevin Brady - Drummer/Producer
KEVIN BRADY : DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST/EDUCATOR
“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 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 recently First Class Honours on his MA in Music
from The Cork School of Music. 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 Michael Buckley's Dublin Standard
Time Group,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), Nir Felder (Guitar) John Ruocco (Clarinet), Ronnie Cuber (Sax), Guy
Barker (Trumpet), Bobby Watson (Sax), Ulf Wakenius (Guitar) and Anders
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
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. In 2017, he will begin lecturing on the new BA
Degree in Jazz Performance & Contemporary music at Dublin City University.
He has conducted numerous workshops & masterclasses worldwide as a product
endorsed artist for Evans Drumheads and Bosphorus Cymbals.
Kevin has performed throughout the World at music festivals & venues such as:
Mara Jazz Festival,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 Express.
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 and Ensam.
Their latest studio 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.