Kevin Lovelady

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Keyboards | Vibes | Compositions Interpretations and Improvisations on Popular Songs and Original Compositions
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Taking inspiration from sources such as Jason Rebello‘s Held, Bill Laurance‘s Cables, Keith Jarret’s Köln Concert, and Bill Evans’ Conversations with Myself, Kev’s Eclectica project is a set list of popular songs and original compositions which serve as a stimulus for improvisations and interpretations spanning an eclectic mix of styles. In a solo or collaborative duo setting, Eclectica centres on sensitive, imaginative and at times meditative sounds of surprise taking the artist and audience on a journey of ideas, building intensity on rhythmic, melodic and harmonic notions, deploying pop-like repetition and a reassuring return to recognisable motifs and choruses. Using these motifs and choruses as foundations, each performance is different, each musical conversation is unique. Kev’s use of textures of electro-acoustic keyboards, piano and patterned phrases and loops, provides an outlet for his zen explorations of a lifelong approach to the piano and keyboards, passing through classical, pop, jazz, jazz-funk and electronica. His experiences and studies have weaved their way through to a distinctive personal style that embraces all his influences to testify to his developing creativity, sensitivity and compositional approaches.

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Tom H
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in West Kirby
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4 out of 5

West Kirby Arts Centre’s jazz club night is going from strength to strength and last Friday they hosted Merseyside-based Zingaro band for the first time in what is sure to be a regular booking. Although without a singer for this event, they excelled as a jazz four-piece with many pieces showcasing the incredible Chris Jones on both upright and guitar bass. At several points he took centre stage and delighted the audience with his inventive - and often surprising - solos. The musical chemistry between Jones and excellent drummer Paul Keelan is at the heart of the Zingaro sound as they moved effortlessly from bop, through classic 70s fusion to acid jazz and beyond. Guitarist Brian McCusker and keyboardist Kev Lovelady – whilst never loud or flashy – were inventive throughout and showed they could deliver tasty solos of their own when called upon. Early in the first set the band showed what they could do with a clever reworking of Take Five and then they really began to cook in the second set, after tearing through Hancock’s Cantaloupe Island they peaked with an extended version of Liston Smith’s Expansions. When the band had left the stage, Mono-Tone DJs played some classic jazz and funk on their vintage sound system to round off a very enjoyable evening. Plans are already afoot for a return gig: stay tuned.

Will W
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Crosby Rd N
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5 out of 5

Zingaro provided the live element for one of my Planetary Jazz Foundation evenings at the Workshop in north Liverpool in 2017. Kev (the keyboards player) & I had discussed the basic structure of the night prior to the gig and their acid jazz, latin and soul jazz interpretations of some classic jazz & funk grooves perfectly complemented the sounds I was playing. The level of musicianship is superb and they work brilliantly off each other. I saw them again at another gig in 2018 and they did not disappoint again. I have no hesitation in recommending them and hope to work with them again at some point.

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Kevin's Song list

Round the Corner (Original)
Dancing On The Wall (Original)
Two Sides to Every Story (Original)
Le Soleil de Leah (Original)
Jolt Blues (Original)
I Saw You Listening (Original)
Mersey Musings
> Ferry Across the Mersey (Marsden)
> Children of the Ghetto (Eddy & Chris Amoo, The Real Thing/Courtney Pine)
> Lady Madonna (Lennon & McCartney)
>Eleanor Rigby (Lennon & McCartney)
> Lady Madonna (Lennon & McCartney)
> Yesterday (Lennon & McCartney)
> Hey Jude (Lennon & McCartney)
> A Day in the Life (Lennon & McCartney)
> Something (Harrison)
New York State of Mind (Billy Joel)
Fragile (Sting)
Get Carter (Roy Budd)
Danny Boy (Traditional)
That’s The Way Of The World (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Theme from Parkinson (Stoneham)
If I Had You (Ted Shapiro / Jimmy Campbell / Reg. Connelly)
Human Nature (Porcaro / Jackson)
Slip into Something More Comfortable (Kinobe)
A Love Supreme (Coltrane)
The Theme from Mash (Mandel & Altman)
Summer Breeze (Seals & Crofts/The Isleys)
Call Me (Montez)
How Deep is Your Love (Gibb)
I’m Not in Love (Stewart & Gouldman)
Tiger in the Rain (Franks)


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Jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Funk, Funk rock, R&B
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