Kevin Dorn


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Born in New York City, Kevin took up drumming at the age of 14. Since then, he has become one of the busiest drummers in traditional jazz. With Gene Krupa, George Wettling and Dave Tough among his main influences, Kevins exciting career has included performances with Dan Barrett, Ed Polcer, Dick Hyman, Allan Vaché, Johnny Varro, Bob Wilber, Dan Levinson, Mark Shane, Terry Blaine, Howard Alden, Jon-Erik Kellso, and Warren Vaché. Kevin has performed with the Loren Schoenberg Big Band, Vince Giordanos Nighthawks, The Flying Neutrinos, David Ostwalds Gully Low Jazz Band, The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Banu Gibson and the New Orleans Hot Jazz, and many others. Kevin has appeared on TV with Jacks Big Music Show and has performed at such notable New York City venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Iridium Jazz Club, and the famous Birdland Jazz Club, where he currently plays every Wednesday with the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band.

From 2002 to 2004, Kevin was the drummer for the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, the nations foremost traditional jazz group, appearing on their weekly public radio show, Riverwalk, Live from the Landing.

After leaving the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and returning to New York, Kevin formed the Traditional Jazz Collective (the TJC). This group of young musicians was an instant hit with audiences because of their passionate, no-holds-barred style of playing. The TJC has appeared at concerts and festivals to rave reviews. They have performed at New Yorks famed Rainbow Room and can regularly be seen in jazz clubs around New York City, including a bi-weekly gig at the Garage in Greenwich Village. The group has received praise from The Mississippi Rag, The New York Times, Cadence Magazine and The Smithsonian Magazine, as well as from noted jazz historian and author Frank Driggs, who has listed the TJC as one of his favorite bands. The TJC is loose and energetic, and the chemistry between the players is obvious. Their first CD received a rave review in the January 2006 issue of The Mississippi Rag, which also featured a cover story on Kevin. The Traditional Jazz Collective released their second CD, appropriately entitled The TJC Returns!

Kevin has played at jazz festivals and jazz parties throughout the country, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Jazz at Chautauqua, the Atlanta Jazz Party, the Colorado Springs Jazz Party, the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the Los Angeles Sweet and Hot Festival, and the Nairn Jazz Festival in Scotland. Kevin has performed in Japan with the New York Ragtime Orchestra, and his most recent travels included a tour of the United States with the Ed Polcer All-Stars and a tour of Europe with Allan Vaché. Kevin has performed with Tony Award-winning actor John Lithgow, including several concerts at the Kennedy Center and an HBO special filmed at the New Victory Theater in New York. Highlights for 2009 include appearances at Jazz Festival Brasil, Jazzland in Vienna, the Arizona Classic Jazz Festival, and the Orange County Classic Jazz Festival.

Kevin has taught drumming at the United Nations International School, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Stanford Summer Jazz Workshop.