Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
"A native New Orleanian, I started playing trumpet in the fourth grade, when I was eight. Then I got into jazz right before my sophomore year in high school. Before that I was never really into jazz. When I was little my father used to take me to jazz festivals and I hated to go. In my high school there was a student band called the "Junior Pinstripe Brass Band" who played in the streets and the clubs. When their second trumpet player quit, the band leader/first trumpet player asked me to join my freshman year, but my mother wouldn't let me because she said "you're just thirteen and that is too young to play in clubs." She really threw a fit. But after a year of begging she let me join. That was the summer right before my sophomore year."
Louis is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) ('95). He has earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance at Oberlin Conservatory of Music ('99). Kevin has also received a Masters of Arts from the Aaron Copland's School of Music at Queens College in New York ('01). He has studied under the following jazz musicians: Clyde Kerr, Jr., Edward "Kidd" Jordan, Kenneth Davis, Donald Walden, Bobby Ferrazza, Stacy Cole, Wendell Logan, Gregory Bandy, Neal Creque, Sir Roland Hanna and Michael Phillip Mossman. He also studied with the following classical instructors: Ronald Benko, Byron Pearson, William Lucas, and Charles Couch.
He has shared the stage with Dave Bartholomew, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Kermit Ruffins, Roland Guerin, Victor Atkins, Carmen Lundy, Curtis Lundy, Nicholas Payton, Gary Bartz, Henry Butler, Jesse Davis, Will Calhoun, Mos Def, Peter Martin, Fred Sanders, Shelly Caroll, Donald Edwards and many more. Kevin has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, the Ford Montreaux Detroit Jazz Festival, the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, the Umbria and Pescara Jazz Festivals in Italy, and the Istanbul Jazz Festival in Turkey. He attended the Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony at Jazz Aspen Snowmass. He has appeared on BET's Jazz Discovery, and Jazz ED. TV.
Kevin Louis was selected as a Fall 2001 Jazz Ambassador. He's also a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He toured Africa late Summer and early Fall 2001.
Mahogany Brass Band: Mahogany Brass Band (1997);Oberlin Conservatory Jazz Ensemble (1998); Carmen Lundy: This Is Carmen Lundy (2001); Dr. John: Creole Moon (2001); Mockingbird Foundation: Sharin in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish (2001); Loved Ones (2004)