Biography

SWING SINGER  &  JAZZ SINGER

Being the son of a late-50’s model & a singer/pianist father, with family members who’ve acted in films with Richard Burton, Peter Sellers, Michael Caine & David Niven – and the stunt director of the epic film ‘Zulu’ also in the family – meant a career in entertainment was a strong possibility for this London born swing singer. At around the age of five Kevin first discovered ‘the American songbook’, swinging Pennies from Heaven accompanied by his father, whose constant renditions of Gershwin, Porter and Berlin were to leave an irreversible impression. By his early twenties, Kevin found himself in the company of and performing with other like minded aficionados and their profound knowledge and musicianship helped forward his studies; they included the late American saxophonist Spike Robinson, John Critchinson (piano accompanist with Ronnie Scott at his eponymous Club), and bass player Lennie Bush – who sessioned with Frank Sinatra himself, on his album “Great Songs from Great Britain”.

Kevin has performed as a swing singer at a huge variety of venues ranging from world class hotels, corporate events, jazz clubs, product launches, regional theatres, stately homes, palaces & chateaux, museums, TV companies, TV ads, racecourses, an airshow & a premiership football match, and his long list of high-end clients is both impressive and enviable (see Clients/References pages). They include media giant NBC Universal for a private party, and Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the 02 Arena, for a private event to celebrate their acquisition of the venue. Other media work has included: London and Indonesia launches for the prestigious brand Hermes-Paris & promotional events for the equally prestigious brand Louis Vuitton; vocals for the San Pellegrino ‘Dinner at Eight’ radio advertising campaign, aired in the USA, Dean Martin-style vocals for a Thats Amore-style nationwide radio campaign, & vocals for TV ad campaign for Price-Drop.tv.  His TV appearances include on E4’s Made In Chelsea, BBC’s Don’t Tell The Bride & SKY’s Wedding TV. A highlight was being chosen by Reel Art Press to perform at both the London and New York launches of the book The Rat Pack (written by bestselling U.S. author of Rat Pack Confidential Shawn Levy) held at Soho House London an Soho House New York. And he was also chosen, following a global search by producers, to recreate Frank Sinatra’s original vocals in a TV advert with Hollywood movie star Naomi Watts, plus was endorsed by Ken Barnes (last record producer of Johnny Mercer and president of Sinatra Music Society) who reviewed him for Perfectly Frank magazine. .

Stars from the world of show business and sport who’ve booked him for their own private events include BBC Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones; wedding swing singer for actress and EastEnders star Samantha (Janus) Womack for her celebrity-studded wedding featured in OK! Magazine; England/Liverpool footballer Glen Johnson for a charity dinner in aid of Make-A-Wish foundation; Yorkshire/England cricketer Anthony McGrath for his ‘Question Of Sport’ Charity Dinner (hosted by England cricketer/Strictly Come Dancing winner Darren Gough); Sky Sports TV presenter (& ex-Harlequins/Wasps Rugby star) Mike Wedderburn for his ‘Hollywood themed’ Ball. Another highlight was performing for a V.I.P. private client who loved Sinatra (at The Ritz hotel) and attended by H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales as well as royalty from all over Europe. One regret was being unavailable when asked to perform with Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin in her touring UK show about the life of her father, though he was thrilled to be chosen to perform for President Obama’s right-hand man in London, US Ambassador Louis B Susman, a massive Sinatra fan.

As well as supplying entertainment at countless weddings, parties & corporate events all over the UK, Kevin’s band are also known on the UK jazz scene – performing at jazz venues throughout the UK and at the top London clubs: Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club. Their fresh-sounding rendtions of jazz standards, own jazz arrangements of iconic pop tunes & originals (including some co-written with Jools Holland sax star Derek Nash) has garnered them critical acclaim and fans far and wide.  Described by Jazz FM as “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble – backed by a world class band”, his sextet featured in their own hour long live show on Jazz FM’s Discovery Show.  Find out more including dates when you can see Kevin live, press & reviews on their website: www.jazzwurx.co.uk

All of Kevin’s performances at your event, wedding or party are delivered with bona fide presence and he performs effortlessly not only the less challenging swing songs but also the more vocally difficult. He can be booked as a singer for any type/size of event and with any backing from piano to orchestra or solo – and when solo only uses highest quality live recordings of American big band singer arrangements.

Swing Singer (Swing Singers for hire for events)

London & Essex based Swing Singer for weddings whose top-drawer live vocal performances and natural ability to swing a song have made him one of the most popular Wedding Swing Singers /Michael Buble Wedding Singers (click to to hear live demos) throughout the UK & abroad.  To enquire about hiring for your wedding or event – either as solo Swing Wedding Singer/Big Band Singer or with Rat Pack Wedding Band or Wedding Swing/Jazz Band – go to Contact  Page or telephone Avril directly on 01702 219501/ 07905 169764.


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