Acclaimed vocalist Kevin Mahogany will headline this spring’s “Alive in the World” Concert benefiting The Foundation for The Developmentally Disabled. The concert and auction event is presented by the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA) and will be held at Artis-Naples’ Daniels Pavilion, Thursday, May 8, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
With his gift for bebop, ballads, blues and swing Kevin Mahogany's talents bloomed early. By 1970, a 12 year-old, Kevin was playing the baritone sax and working professionally with Eddie Baker's "New Breed Orchestra." By his senior high school year, he discovered he was a singer. At Baker University, he formed his own vocal jazz choir. After graduating, he returned to his roots in Kansas City and its music scene. In 1993, Kevin released his debut album Double Rainbow. He has since released albums on Enja, Warner Brothers, Telarc and finally on his own label, Mahogany Jazz. With 11 CD's as a leader and more as a sideman, Kevin has become one of the outstanding vocalists in jazz. The New Yorker said of him, "There is little Mahogany cannot do." That tells it all.
In addition to being a trend-setting leader of the first order, Kevin Mahogany has been an in-demand sideman and guest artist with a select cadre of jazz stars. He’s recorded with T.S. Monk, The Ray Brown Trio, Marlena Shaw, Roseanna Vitro, Carl Allen, Barbara Morrison and Elvin Jones. Mahogany is also an exceptional master teacher, as evidenced by his well-received work teaching at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Miami.
“Kevin Mahogany is the standout jazz vocalist of his generation,” said Bob Goldman, director and founder of TARA. “His dynamic and down-home artistry is going to make for an amazing show.”
TARA was founded as a result of Bob Goldman’s interest in autism and other developmental disabilities. “The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled is committed to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be full members of the community,” Goldman says. “Just supporting the cause is reason enough to come to this event. But, people also get a great performance by artists they might otherwise never get to see.” Previous concerts have included Arnold McCuller, Ben Taylor, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Rodney Crowell, Brandi Carlile and Phoebe Snow.
The “Alive in the World” Concert, featuring Kevin Mahogany, will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014. He will be accompanied by his own five-piece band. The Community School of Naples all-star jazz band will open the show. The event kicks off at 7:00 p.m. with cocktails in The Daniels Pavilion and information about The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled. Then Mahogany will take the stage. Tickets for the event are $150 each, and only 200 tickets will be sold. For more information or to purchase tickets call (239) 919-0408 or visit www.gigforgood.org/tickets
About The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled
The Mission of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities though community awareness; family support; housing options; and education, social and recreational activities. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support they need to be full members of the community. We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and various other developmental disabilities. For more information visit www.fddswfl.org , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (239) 594-9007.
the Trust for the Advancement of Responsible Artists (TARA)
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