Drummer, Composer and Producer
Kevin Stevenson was born in Cleveland, Ohio. His earliest musical
influences were his father, a jazz singer and his uncle, Leon, a
well-known jazz drummer on the Cleveland music scene. At a young age,
Kevin played clarinet in junior high and took drum lessons from his
uncle. "I remember as a kid watching my uncle play as I sometimes
stood watching from outside the club. As the drummer, he sat right near
the window and he would look at me and smile while playing. Man, it was
right then and there I knew I wanted to play the drums!"
In high school, he sang in the All City Choir and pursued drumming while
attending the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Kevin developed his
writing skills by listening to many styles of music and although he is
not a bona fide piano player, he uses the piano to structure ideas.
While playing with various local groups in Cleveland, he decided to
relocate to New York City in May 1979. It was here that Kevin continued
studying with Michael Carvin and Jim Payne. Since then he has worked
with Cecil Bridgewater, Alvin Slaughter, Mark Ledford, The Black Rock
Coalition Orchestra and in various Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
He has also played with the Grammy Award Winning Brooklyn Tabernacle
Choir and Noel Pointer.
In 1985, Kevin met keyboardist, Jerry Hutchinson at a studio session.
"I was immediately blown away hearing the chords that Jerry played.
In the music I could feel what he was feeling." After many years of
playing together, they began writing and producing as a team.
Kevin and Jerry along with contributions from other musicians and have
written and produced the self-titled smooth jazz CD
"All-For-7". "When we got together I really didn't know
what direction our vision of contemporary jazz could produce. Could we
create a collage of musical styles i.e. hip-hop, r&b, along with the
sounds we heard when we were growing up? After cutting "A Walk In
Paradise" and Outta Your Hands, we knew we had a foundation to
In addition they have started a new record label called HipoHash Music,
with CD's from other artists soon to be released.
Jerry Hutchinson: Keyboardist, Composer and Producer
Jerry was born in New York City and grew up in the Bronx. When he moved
to Mt. Vernon, NY one evening there was a knock at the door and he found
himself face-to-face with actor/director Denzel Washington. It was that
night Jerry realized he was living in the same house Denzel grew up in
and afterwards,there were two more visits from Denzel.
Since the early age of 7 years old, Jerry learned to play the piano from
his father, a multi instrumentalist.
As a child Jerry recalls, "I really had no interest in playing the
piano; in fact, I hated it. But my father must have seen past that and
strictly continued giving me lessons. After a few months, however, I
decided to stick with playing it and until this day, I do not regret it.
I thank my father every day for instilling me the determination to stick
with it and not to quit."
From grade school through senior high, he continued to pursue music and
took private lessons with a core of influential teachers. His eventual
first love of "playing" music found a soul mate in "singing"
music and for 12 years Jerry sang with the famed Boy's Choir of Harlem.
After graduation, he attended Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama
singing baritone with a campus vocal group called "Alliance"
which is presently known world-wide as "Take 6".
In 1985, Jerry came back to New York and began working as a studio
musician. It was here he met drummer, Kevin Stevenson and together they
played music, began writing and producing various musical projects. This
collaborative effort led up to the release of the self-titled smooth
jazz CD "All-For-7". "Kevin and I decided the music we
wanted to produce would be wholesome and good quality. With much hard
work and determination, we went into production and trust that those who
listen will find the music up-lifting to their heart and soul."
On stage, Jerry has played with singer Alvin Slaughter, and a number of
off-Broadway productions. He has performed in concerts with Take 6,
Richard Smallwood, actor Clifton Davis, Vanessa Bell Armstrong; Tramaine
Hawkins, Hezekiah Walker and the Grammy award winning Brooklyn
In addition, Jerry and Kevin have started a new record label called
HipoHash Music with CD's from other artists soon to be released.