Born in Atlanta, Kevin Oliver, Jr, is a bandleader and saxophonist currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School. Kevin started performing at the age of 11. In addition to playing traditional concerts, he also spent time busking in downtown Atlanta at sporting events, parks and street corners eager to share his gift with the world. He was inspired to keep playing by the happiness that he saw on the faces of people who stopped to listen and meet him. While at Juilliard, Kevin has had the opportunity to play at a wide range of venues such as Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Paul Hall, Dizzy’s Club and Jazz B in Brazil. As a bandleader, Kevin has led bands at Zibas and Gallery 992 in Atlanta and in New York City at Williamsburg Music Center and at Massawa as the final guest of NADIA’s Amplified Currents festival. As a sideman, Kevin has performed with trumpeter Etienne Charles, the Mwanzi Harriott Quintet, and with Rhonda Thomas on the main stage of the 2019 Atlanta Jazz Festival. Kevin was a part of the inaugural year of NYO Jazz directed by Sean Jones and played concerts at Carnegie Hall and across Europe alongside Dianne Reeves and a big band of some of the brightest young musicians around the country. Some notable venues on that tour included Usher Hall (Edinburgh), Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Konzerthaus (Berlin) just to name a few. He was also selected as a YoungArts Finalist for 2019. In addition to his musical pursuits, Kevin also performs around New York City as a standup comedian. He hosts, produces and performs on shows such as Prior to Sunset @ The Tiny Cupboard, +1 and the Juilliard Comedy Show. He was also cast as “Crying Man 1” in the Comedy Central digital sketch “What the World is Like When Your Phone Dies”. It’s safe to say he’s an incredibly unique, multitalented artist and performer who is not to be missed.
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