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  • Kev Choice (2017)

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    Oakland native, emcee, producer and bandleader Kev Choice first emerged as part of Lauryn Hill's band.

    Kev has said that he was heavily into vinyl as a kid, and that developed an ear for all kinds of music. As a teenager, he played in classical and jazz programs as part of UC Berkeley young musicians' program. He continued his studies, first at Xavier University in New Orleans, and then at Southern Illinois University, where he got his master's in music.

    After grad school, Kev started touring and recording with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyrics Born, Too $hort, Ledisi. and Goapele. It was in 2007 that Lauryn Hill asked him to be her musical director, and that took him around the world, exposing him to Ethiopian and world music, rock and reggae.

    Since then Kev has opened for the likes of Robert Glasper, Mos Def, Digable Planets—the list is too long. He has composed hip-hop sonatas, and while he has yet to compose a hip-hop symphony, that's in effect what it is every time he gets on stage.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Bud Powell The Definitive Bud Powell Celia Verve/Blue Note
    # 2 Sonny Clark Sonny Clark Trio I Didn't Know What Time It Was Blue Note
    # 3 John Coltrane Blue Train Moment's Notice Blue Note
    # 4 George Duke Feel Feel MPS
    # 5 Roy Hargrove Family Trilogy: Roy Allan Verve
    # 6 Joe Henderson Power to the People Black Narcissus Milestone
    # 7 McCoy Tyner Inception Speak Low Impulse!
    # 8 Doug Carn Infant Eyes Little B's Poem Black Jazz
    # 9 Robert Glasper Canvas Rise and Shine Blue Note
             
    Book Ernest Holmes, "Science of Mind"
             
    Luxury Item A taco truck
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun