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Kevin Toney

A world-renowned jazz recording artist and musician, composer/pianist Kevin Toney's music covers a broad range of styles and is timeless and classic yet always contemporary. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, he attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School and performed with many of the city's top jazz musicians including Marcus Belgrave and Donald Walden. His early musical influences included a mix of Bach, Debussy, Chopin, Art Tatum, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

While still a student at Howard University -- where he would later receive his B.A. in Composition and Jazz Studies -- Toney was discovered by trumpeter and jazz studies department head Donald Byrd, who would put together a group of his best students; Toney became the leader of this groundbreaking jazz-fusion group called the Blackbyrds. He recorded seven albums with the group, three of which were certified gold, and many of their hit songs, including "Rock Creek Park" and the Grammy nominated "Unfinished Business" were Toney compositions. Currently a K-Tone Enterprises recording artist, he has nine commercial solo releases to date: A Grateful Heart-Kevin Toney Solo, Retrospectives, 110 Degrees and Rising, Sweet Spot, Strut, Extra Sensual Perception, Lovescape, Pastel Mood, and Special K. Strut was selected by the 2002 Winter Olympics Committee as part of its "official music" alongside works by Paul McCartney and Alicia Keys.

Toney has performed at major jazz festivals and concerts throughout the United States including The Capital Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Long Beach Jazz Festival, The Jazz and Blues Festival in Denver, The Pasadena Jazz Festival, Chene Park, and others. As an educator, he conducts master classes and makes guest artist appearances at universities and schools around the country, including CSU Los Angeles, UC Irvine, East Carolina University, Howard University, Columbia College, Duke Ellington School Of The Arts and Musicians Institute in Hollywood.

Toney has recorded and or performed with many top artists, including Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, Sonny Rollins, O.C. Smith, Oscar Brown, Jr., Stevie Wonder, Kenny Burrell, James Newton, Andrew White, Carl Anderson, Whitney Houston, Pink, Shirley Caesar, Edwin Hawkins, Ted Neely, Brenda Russell, George Strait, Shania Twain, En Vogue, Monica, Ray Parker, Jr., Isaac Hayes, Bobby Womack, James Ingram, Def Jazz, Hubert Laws, Sonny Stitt, David "Fathead" Newman, Gerald Wilson, Bill Summers, Bill Withers, Cheryl Lynn, Norman Brown, Peter White, and more.

In addition, Toney has showcased his musical versatility as a conductor and arranger for top recording and performing artists including James Ingram, Patti Austin, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Enrique Iglesias, Brian McKnight, Tyrese, Ja-Rule, Musiq Soulchild, Edwin Hawkins, Gloria Gaynor, Michael McDonald, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Freda Payne, and Bill Withers. He has served as conductor and arranger for theatrical productions of: Ain't Misbehavin', Five Guys Named Moe, Sophisticated Ladies, Harlem Suite, Wild Women Blues, The Magic of Motown (A Tribute to Berry Gordy), and Atlanta. He also scored the full-length feature film Kings of the Evening.

Toney's most recent release, the gospel oriented A Grateful Heart, is his first ever solo piano recording. ~ Jonathan Widran, Rovi
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Down with you. .back in the Day. .sounds like Joe Sample w/ The Cruisaders.
Amazing
Timeless
Keep that smooth sound flowing bro.
I Love love this song Oh my Goodness ��������
Love this one
SWEET SOUND.... perfect with my peach cobbler in Heaven's Kitchen!
Up.....
My late Husband Gregory Warner Dawson, Sr. played with him at City Lights in New Orleans! It was off the chain.
God bleds you bro
Kevin Toney...one of the big ones.god bleds you bro.for that talent...
have blackbyrds, will have kevin toney
may.arno



Sounds just like the Detroit I remember Thx
Detroit lives in you and your music, you do it well
Wow you have worked with some of the best. Lov what you do on the ivory. I can hear Rodney Framklin ........ yeah
hear a little Joe Sample in it!
KT be doin da damm thang!...my first experience.. )
So light and fetherly on that ivory. WOW!!!
tomman30
smooth groove on the move....
Keep doing your thing!!!!! Love it Bro Toney
I love the blackbyrds! Give us more music toney!
Deetroit!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Like Herbie Hancock, this dude is awesome and so smooth...
emtdems1639
CD 101.9 was the only station that I listened to when it started and ended. Without them these artists would never be discovered. I like listening to Kevin and many others. Thank you Pandora for saving me
Thank you Pandora...CD 1 0 1 we miss you!!! Please bring back the real music!!!! Kudos to KT.
Kings is my all time favorite Kevin Toney trac. This song just sends me.
Love ur music ..
OK KEVIN nice
SO RELAXING
I really like Toney music
K...T is a serious sound....smo o t h and cool...
LoveScape! I love Kevin Toney and Kings is one of my all time favorites!!
"Lovescape" is my favorite! Love Kevin Toney Sound!!! :)
Totally talented "Artist" he's got it !!! He's been around and does amazing music.
toney has the perfect sound of all times
This song was a CD 101.9 Smooth Jazz favorite. New York needs a new smooth jazz station !
I am so lucy to stumble upon this great artist after all these years.
This Dude is, "Baaad Azz!!" Really NICE! YOU feel it in your Soul!!
Very smooth and energetic music to vibe on!!
buboot21
I love this melody<333
Great Artist... a must have in my Jazz collection !!!
I had the fortunate opportunity to see him perform in DC when he played together with the Black Byrds. He did a great job performing the cut Happy Music. Man,,, had those key board bumpin... Such an outstanding artist..
Always loved this! Never knew who it was until know
How pleasant to become acquanted with such a talented artist. I also was born & raised in Detroit & attended Cass Tech--wonder f u l school. Keep grooving the good music!
carolyn_moor e 9
Kevin . . .you the Man! Retrospectiv e s a Classic in it's own!!!
Jazz me out!
love this music, jazz will mello you out.
glenn.cayson
Kevin's music is so SMOOTH
joylady90056
Very nice, very mellow and melodic. I love it! I remember you from our days at City of Angels Sunday Morning Band with Rev. O.C. and the Sunday Morning Band (good memories) take care. Peace & blessings!
blackace7
mann i love this Music so much, i don't have words to express it.
Brother Toney, you were taught by one of the best in the business, you music and skill demontrate just that !
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