"... swings with excitement... Kemp is richly expansive ... Northington bends the strings with authority... whole team is romantic over Hulett's snazzy drum work... anything but the expected piano trio."

-George W. Harris, LA Jazz Weekly

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"[Dark Continent] never a dark moment throughout"

-Nathan Gosnell, Jazz World Jazz

"anything but the expected piano trio."

-Midwest Records

WALTER KEMP 3

MUSIC

KEMP + the REYVOLATION

Following its debut, sold-out festival appearance, this intensely dynamic ensemble was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. It features pianist & bandleader Walter Kemp 3, vocalist Curtis Lovell, violinist Scott Tixier, bassist Rishon Odel,  Brent Birckhead on woodwinds, Steve Baczkowski on baritone sax and other instruments, and Ravi Padmanabha on tabla and percussion. 

BIO

Viscount-endorsed artist, Walter Kemp 3 owes much to his father, a classical and gospel composer, who sparked Kemp's early interest in piano. Seeing and hearing his father's compositions performed at Carnegie Hall, opened Kemp's eyes to a world of music. He soon began studying classical piano. After a brief interest in drums, he gravitated toward jazz, continuing to play gospel organ. Kemp, lead composer and pianist for Kemp + the Reyvolation, and the Walter Kemp 3oh!, has won widespread critical acclaim for his classic and compelling compositions which experiment with traditional chord progressions with inventive finesse. As the winner of numerous awards with his international touring and recording projects, he has collaborated with various musical greats like Juini Booth and Rey Scott, of Sun-Ra’s Arkestra, Bobby Militello, (Dave Brubeck), and Sabu Adeyola (Ahmad Jamal). As a highly-sought professional in the progressive music scene, Walter is the youngest musician, in more than three decades, to serve as Artistic Director for the CMC Jazz Festival. He teaches jazz piano at Villa Maria College.

SHOWS

February 21, 2020  5:30pm                         *UB Dental site for info

Walter Kemp 3oh!
UB Dental School

January 20, 2020  11:00am                         *visit Museum site for info

Walter Kemp Quartet
Explore and More Children's Museum

November 22, 2019  8:00pm                         SOLD OUT

Kemp and the Reyvolation
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

October 12, 2019  6:00pm                         SOLD OUT

Reyvolation: An Homage to Rey Scott
CMC Jazz Fest

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