“In the early 50's, Jazz, Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll were the
same damn thing, and Big Joe Turner was in charge of them all.”
- Jared O'Connor
Who is Kevin Mahogany?
Kevin Mahogany, Kansas City native, now brings forth a show that pays homage to
the "Father of Rock and Roll" and the "Boss of the Blues"
- Kansas City's own Big
After portraying Big Joe in Robert Altman's movie, Kansas City,
this Big Joe Turner tribute is a natural progression for
Mahogany. When Mahogany arrived on the international music scene
in the mid-90s, it was with a sound that was both traditionally
grounded and boldly innovative. The result was a much needed
change to the musical landscape. Over the course of Mahogany's
extraordinary career, he has made significant breakthroughs in
style and sound that redirected, redefined and even reinvented
modern music. The New Yorker said it best when they said, "there
is little Mahogany cannot do."
"nature unleashes a gale force voice"
- New York Times
"the standout vocalist of his generation." - Newsweek
the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in
years." - Los Angeles Times
More on the Movie
Kansas City and
More info on the
movie Kansas City(pdf)
"I Left My Baby" - click here to
hear song from the movie (mp3)
Ed Bradley interview - click here
Kevin's Biography - click
Who was Big Joe? (Web Links)
Cascade Blues Association
and Roll Hall of Fame
Big Joe Turner is the
feature point of this show. The show uses a 45 song playbook,
which ranges from the R&B of “Shake Rattle and Roll,” “Flip Flop
and Fly” and “Honey Hush”…through the boogie woogie of “Roll ‘em
Pete” to the blues of “Cherry Red,” “Sweet Sixteen” and “Kansas
self-penned composition “KANSAS CITY BORN AND BREED” sums up the
theme of this show.