Kevin Hildebrandt

A seasoned performer equally at home in rock, blues, jazz and classical guitar settings, he has opened up for such notable acts as Johnny Winter, Dickey Betts, Levon Helm, Johnnie Johnson, Gov’t Mule, Keller Williams and Stanton Moore. He has performed at a wide variety of venues from The Stone Pony to the Knitting Factory, from the Trump Taj Mahal to the New York Renaissance Faire. He holds a B.A. in Music from Kean University specializing in classical guitar.
Guitarist Kevin Hildebrandt leads a trio comprised of Dan Traverso on bass and Mike Heady on drums. Hildebrandt, a versatile guitarist who performs regularly with organist Radam Schwartz and his Conspiracy for Positivity has shared the stage with the Bob Mintzer Big Band and Newark jazz legends Victor Jones and Richie McRae. He has also opened for notable acts such as Johnny Winter, Levon Helm, Johnnie Johnson, Stanton Moore and Dickey Betts.
A student of Dave Stryker and longtime Rutgers professor the late Ted Dunbar, Hildebrandt brings a new perspective to jazz repertoire while keeping it firmly rooted in the blues. “Jazz musicians played popular songs from Broadway shows, music people knew, as part of their repertoire. These tunes became standards. I like to do the same thing with more recent music, playing songs people know the words to in a jazz idiom” Hildebrandt says. Hildebrandt is a recent graduate of Kean University, with a degree in classical guitar, having studied with the brilliant guitarist Christopher Kenniff.
Kevin Hildebrandt has performed at venues such as the Blue Note in New York City, theTrump Taj Mahal, the New York Renaissance Faire, Small’s Jazz Club, the Knitting Factory and Asbury Park’s Stone Pony.
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