Smooth Jazz Hymnal
A working musician since age 16, Kevin Madill has spent his 25-year career playing, producing, arranging and recording with many of the world's top big bands and vocalists - Tommy Dorsey, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, Donna Summer, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Bob Hope and Bernadette Peters, to name a few. He attended Ball State University on a trombone scholarship, then spent several years on the road with various bands before moving to Nashville in 1981. That timing, along with the keyboard revolution of the 1980's led him to turn his attention, once again, to his original instrument - the piano - and subsequently to become one of the most sought-after studio musicians on the Music City scene. In 1999, his impressive talents came to the attention of blues-rock and songwriting legend Leon Russell. Russell, so inspired by Kevin's evocative, engaging style, finalized plans for his own album of jazz standards, with Kevin as both arranger and player. The result was Russell's recent release, 'Moonlight and Love Songs.' This relationship soon led Kevin to co-author over 100 songs with Russell, some of which appear on Connye Florance, the artist's newest release, co-produced by Madill and Leon Russell.