​​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 Hobbs - Vibes with Don Friedman, Martin Bejerano, Chip Crawford, Kenny Blake, Gary Bartz, Al Cohn, Chris Potter, Javon Jackson, Tom Harrell, Ratso Harris, Peter Washington, Randy Johnston, Bruce Forman, Dean Brown, John Hart, Yuron Israel, Stix Hooper, Lewis Nash.

Gary Brunotte - Piano, organ with Randy Johnston, Lionel Hampton, Larry Coryell, Mark Whitfield, Bobby Shew, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Byron Stripling and Shirley Witherspoon

Steve Little - Drums with Duke Ellington and others

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

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
Bill Easley - Saxophone with George Benson, Ruth Brown, Isaac Hayes, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Bobby Short, Louie Bellson, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Charles McPherson, James Williams, Sir Roland Hanna, Earl May, Illinois Jacquett, Ron Carter, Frank Foster, Mercer Ellington, Warren Vache, Grady Tate

Greg Bandy - Drums with Joe Henderson, Jackie McLean, Roy Ayers, Betty Carter, Pharoah Sanders, Leon Thomas, Little Jimmy Scott, George Benson and Yusef Lateef
Yoron Israel - Drums with Otis Clay, Shirley Caesar, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, Ahmad Jamal, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Clark Terry, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutchinson

Kobie Watkins - Drums with Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Arturo Sandoval, George Coleman, Ira Sullivan, Sonny Fortune, including Fred Anderson, Ari Brown, Willie Pickens, Bobby Broom, Orbert Davis, Ken Chaney, Ron Perrillo, Bethany Pickens, Ryan Cohan, Dennis Winslett, Jarrard Harris and James Austin
Michael Ode ​- Drums with Joey Defrancesco


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. 


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Guitar - 1974 Gibson L5 CES 17" Jazz Archtop 

Thomastik-Infeld BB 114 Strings

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

Jim Dunlop JazzTone 207 picks

​Kevin Golden

Jazz Guitarist

Playing Experience

Kevin's first recording as a leader, "Pelham Parkway" was released in Spring 2016. 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).

Kevin is now part of the Raleigh/Durham and surrounding area jazz scene. He is working in duo, trio, and quartet formats as a leader, and he is working with the Mac McLaughlin Group in various settings, Steve Hobbs (http://stevehobbs.com/), Gary Brunotte (http://www.garybrunotte.com/), and on occasion backing up singers Noah Powell, Frankie Alexander, and Amy Hancock.

Previously while living in NYC (Pelham Gardens-Bronx) Kevin had 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.