Kevin was born into a very musical family in New Jersey. His mother and her two sisters were known as the “Dinning Sisters”. A vocal trio that started out on the NBC radio show known as “The National Barn Dance”. The group went to record several records for the Capital label in the 1940’s.
Kevin started playing guitar at age 12 but did not take it seriously until he heard his first jazz guitar record. A recording of George Benson’s “Breezin” This turned Kevin’s interest toward jazz guitar. He went on to study jazz guitar at William Paterson University. He got to play and study with the likes of Dave Samuels, Jim Hall and got to meet Wayne Shorter. Kevin graduated with a BM in jazz guitar and continued his studies after school and formed his own trio. He was awarded and NEA grant to perform at local colleges to introduce college students to his contemporary style of jazz.
Kevin has been teaching guitar for more than 30 years. Kevin then went on to do some recordings and also to publish articles on guitar techniques for GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE. Kevin’s teaching philosophy is quite simple, treat everybody as an individual and find the best way to reach the student. He says its important to have fun while you learn.
Kevin opened up his own place just this year. Its something he always wanted to do. He has also added classical guitar to his arsenal, and had gotten quite good at playing and teaching and composing for the classical guitar.