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Kevin Field

Pianist and composer Kevin Field has collaborated with some of the top international names in jazz including guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire, who all feature on his New York album The A List (Warner Music).  He has performed concerts in the UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand and features on over 30 albums  by such artists as Nathan Haines, Whirimako Black, Caitlin Smith and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.  In addition, Kevin has released several of his own albums including the celebrated Field of Vision, also on the Warner Music label. 

At the age of 8, Kevin began his musical career with piano lessons introducing him to the world of classical music.  After considerable success at competitions and examinations, he started playing in a jazz band at age 17 where he discovered a passion for jazz.  Kevin’s distinctive approach to jazz harmony is probably the most recognizable element to his playing and compositions. “From a very young age, it was the harmony in music that moved me and the emotions that could be attached to chords or a chord sequence.”  

Kevin is a dynamic and experienced live performer having lead a number of his own bands and is known for the respect and affinity he garners from his fellow musicians.  He is also a Senior Lecturer in Jazz Studies at The University of Auckland and holds a doctorate in musical arts specialising in advanced jazz harmony.

Selected Reviews

The A List

'Field and his fellow travelers give you plenty to think about, much to enjoy and...a real sense that you are in the company of genuine A listers.' 

Graham Reid - Elsewhere


'Field is undeniably a fine musician who moves between the highly lyrical (Closed Book), the relaxed (Dealbreaker) and the funky (One Way Traffic) in a way that is highly satisfyingly with being spine-tingling.'

Mike Alexander - Sunday Star Times


'The A-List isn’t just a coming together in the name of ‘good jazz’, but a precious new statement made by one of this country’s jazz greats.4.5/5 star review -  Rip It Up Magazine


Field of Vision 

‘Jazz is not a fragile dying art form but a vibrant improvised restless music that lives perpetually in the now.   Kevin Field’s new album illustrates this premise perfectly.’

John Fenton - Jazz Local 32


"It swings, it stings and has an urgency, especially when Field takes charge"

Graham Reid - Elsewhere


‘Kevin Field is an Auckland pianist who has quietly yet assuredly gained a reputation as one of the country’s finest jazz musicians.’

Graham Reid - Elsewhere


This is an excellent local jazz release -- in fact it stands far above some of the internationals I've been hearing lately.’

Graham Reid - Elsewhere

Concert at Ronnie Scotts, London

‘Kevin Field is a very expressive pianist, and he helped create the atmosphere in his ethereal solo intro.  Field's composition Good Friday had more modern modal harmonies, and he won the audience over with his Herbie Hancockian virtuosic solo.’
Full review here


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