Kevin Carey Group Performs today at Jazz on Jay

Pianist Kevin Carey reaches beyond his pop music resume with a jazz trio today. A crew of friends, the band is drummer Cliff Brucker and bassist Brad Monkell.

“Cliff was also one of my piano teachers in college (St. Rose), and he played drums in the Joey Thomas Big Band when I joined right after college.” Says Carey. “He has certainly been something of a mentor to me. I’m very grateful for his support. Brad and I have played in many settings together, including Ten Most Wanted, and our respective jazz and fusion trios.” Carey adds, “the three of us have played together many times, including often with Cliff at his residency at Stoney’s Irish Grill.”

Carey also plays keyboards in the New York Players and previously played in Ten Most Wanted, TS Ensemble, and the Joey Thomas Big Band. Residing in Albany, he teaches piano at the Guilderland Music Academy and is working toward a Jazz Studies Master’s degree at SUNY Purchase.

Growing up in Schenectady, he attended City schools. “Some of my biggest influences are Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau, Cory Henry, Esperanza Spaulding, and the Brecker Brothers,” he says. “I studied with local piano monster Dave Gleason throughout high school. I consider him to be another one of my mentors.” Carey studies now with David Hazeltine at SUNY Purchase, and explains, “I have always tried to seek out knowledge from my peers and people who play other instruments or are in other disciplines,” citing guitarist Matt Finck, classical pianist Dr. Evan Mack, and Dr. Sean McClowry at St. Rose.

Noting his wide interests, Carey says, “I have always bounced around different styles of music: pop, jazz, funk, classical, even some hip-hop, and folk stuff.”

Jazz on Jay show time is noon where Jay Street meets State Street. Rain site: Robb Alley at Proctors adjacent to Apostrophe. Free.

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