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Kevin Mackenzie


b. Edinburgh, Scotland. Guitarist Kevin MacKenzie performed jazz in Glasgow and Edinburgh, getting deeply from the John Rae Collective. This important band in the brand new influx of Scottish jazz produced considerable curiosity and a bunch of new skill within the 90s and beyond. With John Rae, MacKenzie toured Canada and Czechoslovakia in addition to various venues in the united kingdom. Concurrently, he was their studies at London’s Guildhall College of Music, and was granted a post-graduate diploma in Advanced Jazz. In 1991 he created the Kevin MacKenzie Quartet for looks at that 12 months’s Glasgow and Edinburgh worldwide jazz celebrations. Featuring saxophonist Julian Argüelles, the quartet also toured but by the end of the entire year, MacKenzie made a protracted trip to New York, using many notable numbers including John Abercrombie. Back Scotland from your springtime of 1992, MacKenzie resumed his UK jazz playing. In the center of the 10 years he also performed folk music inside a trio led by concertina participant Simon Thoumire. With this group, he toured Finland, Belgium, Canada, and elements of the united states, and documented March, Strathspey, & Surreal. Subsequently, MacKenzie and Thoumire both caused traditional Scottish fiddler Eilidh Shaw and guitarist Malcolm Stitt. In 1994, MacKenzie created the Great Groove, a six-piece funk music group with Colin Steele (trumpet), Phil Bancroft (saxophone), David Milligan (keyboards), John Speirs (bass), and Iain Copeland (drums). The device’s repertoire was attracted mainly from MacKenzie’s personal compositions and was eclectic in its affects. After about 2 yrs, this band developed into Swirler. MacKenzie also created Trio AAB, with Phil Bancroft and his twin sibling, drummer Tom Bancroft. With Trio AAB, MacKenzie mixed his passions in jazz and folk, the second option type brought bang current by using support tapes, synthesisers and computer-generated noises. Among other music artists with whom MacKenzie worked well in the middle- to past due 90s had been saxophonist John Burgess, Benny Carter, Tommy Smith, Bobby Wellins and Kenny Wheeler. He in addition has used Tom Bancroft’s big music group. As well as fellow guitarist-composers Ged Brockie, Nigel Clark and Malcolm MacFarlane, MacKenzie created the Scottish Acoustic guitar Quartet. The group’s repertoire pulls upon jazz and traditional in addition to globe music and Celtic folk styles. In 2002, MacKenzie was receiver of a Scottish Arts Council offer for the structure of ‘Tranquility Variety’. This ensemble piece, performed at its Glasgow premiere by his nine-piece group Essential Signs, mixes jazz with folk, modern pop and vintage swing. The music group’s personnel likewise blended music artists from different forms: accordionist John Somerville, violinists Aiden O’Rourke and Christopher Stout, saxophonists Phil Bancroft and Martin Kershaw, pianist Chick Lyall, bass participant Tom Lyne and drummer Tom Bancroft. Dazzling technical success allied to very clear thinking that enables him to totally explore his principles, MacKenzie has turned into a significant body on the united kingdom jazz scene generally and especially therefore in Scotland.

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Profession Journalist, Editor
Education Alleyn's School
Nationality British
Spouse Sarah McLean, Jacqueline Holland
Parents Mary MacKenzie, Ian MacKenzie
Albums East of East 7th Street, Chiasmus
Movies Olly Olly Oxen Free, Something for Joey, American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco

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Great Performances: Dance in America TV Series artistic director - 1 episode, 2005 choreographer - 1 episode, 2005 director - 1 episode, 2005
Center Stage 2000 ballet consultant



60 Minutes 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Director, American Ballet Theatre (segment "Misty Copeland")
Jack Mitchell: My Life Is Black and White 2006 Documentary Himself
Great Performances: Dance in America 2005 TV Series Himself (in interview)
Le corsaire 1999 TV Movie Himself (host)
Variety and Virtuosity: American Ballet Theatre Now 1998 TV Special Himself - Artistic Director
American Ballet Theatre in San Francisco 1985 TV Special
The Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet 1985 Video Himself - Instructor
Live from Lincoln Center 1981 TV Series Himself / 'Raymonda' Divertissements

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60 Minutes 2015 TV Series documentary Himself - Director, American Ballet Theatre (segment "Misty Copeland")

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