"Kevin Sings Johnny” and pays special tribute to the compelling musical career of legendary crooner Johnny Mathis, bringing the “Mathis Magic” to life for a new generation of music lovers.
THE SUNSET JUNCTION PLAYERS are a collaboration of the finest musicians in Los Angeles celebrating the legendary crooners, the Great American Songbook and more. These players include:
VOCALS: Kevin Kirkendahl
Born in Minneapolis, MN in 1965, Kevin studied music theory, voice and theater for several years as a young actor with the world-renowned Children's Theater Company. He went on to star as Milton in the award-winning off-Broadway hit, "Avenue X: the a cappella Musical" at the Great American History Theater in St. Paul, MN. He earned a double major in history and theater as well as a master's degree combining history and drama from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.
Kevin is comfortable performing a wide variety of musical styles (a cappella, do-wop, R&B, gospel, pop, folk, jazz, etc.) and has honed his skills specializing in the challenging vocal techniques of Johnny Mathis, Al Jarreau, Nat King Cole, George Benson, Bobby McFerrin, Sam Cooke and more. He has spent the last several years in Los Angeles performing jazz standards and the Great American Songbook. His wide vocal range, impeccable phrasing and intimate sense of song have brought him critical acclaim from some of the best in the business. He has the uncanny ability to sound like Johnny without sounding like an imitation.
Chris Glik, piano (Platters, The Ink Spots, Coasters, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra), Steve Pemberton, drums (Johnny Mathis, Mel Tormé, Count Basie), Mike Flick, bass (Glenn Miller, Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Four Aces), Ron Hershewe, guitar (Johnny Mathis, The Ink Spots, Freddy Hubbard, Shirley Jones).
Bram Glik, tenor saxophone (Bobby Caldwell, Barbara Morrison, Mayer Hawthorn), Juliane Gralle, trombone (Metropole Orchestra, HR Frankfurt Radio Big Band, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Vince Mendoza, Tori Amos), Brian Swartz, trumpet (Michael Bublé, Patti Labelle, The Dixie Chicks, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Natalie Cole).
Jean Sudbury, violin, (Johnny Mathis, Melissa Manchester, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, etc.), Robert Matsuda, violin (Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, Faith Hill, Gwen Stefani), Novi Novog, viola (Prince, Doobie Brothers, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson).