​Kevin Golden

Jazz Guitarist

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Kevin's first recording as a leader, "Pelham Parkway" is available for digital download. The session was recorded along with the musical collaboration and contributions of Akiko Tsuruga on Hammond B3 organ and Peter Grant on drums, at Tedesco Studios in Paramus NJ. Seven original tunes penned by Golden pay homage to the legendary organ trio sounds of Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, and Wes Montgomery (san octaves).


For the past 8 years Kevin has collaborated with Steve Kaiser in multiple formats (duo, trio, quartet), playing the NYC club scene. The Steve Kaiser Quartet recorded "Say What You Mean" - original written by Golden which was featured on All About Jazz's website  "Download of the Day". 

Golden was the guitarist for Michael’s Jazz Quartet on the recording "Woody-n-Me" released in 2007 and is co-author of song "Golden Opportunity", 2nd place winner in 2008 Independent Music Awards for Jazz Song of the Year.


"I started playing guitar in my freshman year of college, mainly driven by the influence of Jimi Hendrix. As my listening tastes expanded to jazz fusion, I began to listen to John McLaughlin and Return to Forever and other jazz fusion including Mile Davis's "Bitches Brew".


My love of "real jazz" really got kicked off after purchasing a Joe Pass and Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen duo album entitled "Chops". It was then I knew that this was the type of music I wanted to create and entered into the never ending journey of learning the art form of jazz guitar.

Guitar - Ibanez FA-300 17" Jazz Archtop 

Gibson HB 57 pickup

Thomastik-Infeld BB 114 Strings

Ben Fargen Custom 85W with 4 6L6's and 15" Eminence Neodymium Speaker

Jim Dunlop JazzTone 207 picks


Playing Experience

Guitarist Kevin Golden has been playing jazz for over 29 years in NYC and the greater Hudson Valley area and now in the Raleigh/Durham and surrounding area.  His style is influenced by Grant Green, Rene Thomas, and Joshua Breakstone. 


Akiko Tsuruga - Organ with Lou Donaldson, Eric Alexander, Joe Magnarelli, Frank Wess, Jeff Hamilton, Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, Grady Tate and others


​Peter Grant - Drums for Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, New York Voices, Harvie Swartz and Rodney Jones 


Steve Kaiser - Bass and vocals with Fred Hersch, Gene Bertoncini, and Michael Moore


Lewis Porter - Piano with Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Joe Cohn, Marc Ribot


Steve Little - Drums with Duke Ellington and others


Steve Gilmore - Bass for Phil Woods, Dave Liebman, Tal Farlow, Lou Levy, Lee Konitz, and others

Bill Crow - Bass with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Stan Getz and others

Lynn Seaton - Bass with Count Basie Orchestra, Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Monty Alexander, Jeff Hamilton Trio, and others

Glenn Richman - bass with Bobby Hutcherson, Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Heath, Cedar Walton, Slide Hampton, Dave Liebman, John Hicks, Chet Baker, Arthur Prysock, Lewis Nash, Larry Willis, Eddie Marshall, Renee Rosnes, Billy Hart and Micky Roker


Chris Sullivan - Bass for Archie Schepp, Johnny Lytel, Marcus Johnson, and Stanley Jordan

Nat Dixon - Saxophone with the late Kenny Kirkland, Chico Hamilton, Brother Jack McDuff, and Jimmy Ponder

Greg Bandy - Drums with Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Roy Ayers, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas, Little Jimmy Scott, George Benson and Yusef Lateef



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