Steve Kaiser Quartet
Jazz, Jazzy, Standards, swing, show tunes
The Steve Kaiser Quartet is a jazz band based in the NYC area. All members are seasoned professionals as performers and recording artists each with over 30 years playing experience in NYC and worldwide.The band's repertoire includes jazz standards with vocals, instrumental jazz standards, as well as original jazz tunes covering all genres of the jazz idiom.
The band consists of:
Steve Kaiser – bass and vocals
Kevin Golden – guitar
Lewis Porter – piano
Peter Grant – drums
“Add Steve Kaiser to the list of gifted musicians who have become splendid vocal artists!”. Jack Kleinsinger producer "Highlights In Jazz"
“A warm and soulful artist who absolutely swings his ass off!!”. . . . ..Grady Tate
Steve has played with luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Tim Ouimette Big Band, John DiMartino, Grady Tate, and Gene Bertoncini.
Guitarist Kevin Golden has been playing jazz for over 25 years in the New York City and Hudson Valley area. His style is reminiscent of Grant Green, Rene Thomas, Joshua Breakstone, and other jazz guitar legends.
Guitarist Golden is a musician who stands out as a fine player and has that hand strumming style (think Wes Montgomery) that is gentle when it can be and brutally powerful at the most unexpected moments.”. . . . . ..John Book, The Run Off Groove #214
“. . guitarist Kevin Golden whose pronounced play on the album makes him sort of the co-leader as his guitar shares much of the lead with Antonelli on the tenor. Co-written by guitarist Golden, “Golden Opportunity” opens up the program and this one features Golden, Antonelli and the drummer all delivering swinging solos.”. . . . .Edward Blanco, ejazznews
“. . Kevin Golden's guitar mastery to give the listener 11 very solid tracks that make for totally enjoyable listening”. . . . .Rotcod Zzad, Improvijazzation Nation Issue #83
All About Jazz website review for "Say What You Mean" original by Kevin Golden, March 2014 "Download of the Day". . ."Fast swinging quartet with stand-out guitar. Play when you need to do half an hour in ten minutes."
The critics rave: “A HELLUVA PIANO PLAYER” (Jazz Times). “(Lewis Porter plays) with a lively glitter and amazing sense of assurance.” “Mixing experimental with traditional, (he) plays up a storm.” “Porter is a deep thinker (whose music is) founded upon depth and cunning use of space.”
Lewis Porter is a jazz pianist and keyboardist known for a free and open attitude; he can contribute to any type of musical situation. His own groups swing like mad, taking a loose, open attitude to standard tunes and to Porter's own original compositions. Porter has appeared in concert with jazz masters such as Wycliffe Gordon, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Morris, Marc Ribot, George Garzone, Mark Dresser, Gerry Hemingway, Don Friedman, Alan Dawson, Joe Cohn, Gregg Bendian and many others.
Drummer Peter Grant was born and raised in New York City and studied at the Manhattan School of Music . Peter is a creative and versatile musician who has been in demand in the New York recording studios and clubs for 35 years. He has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and such clubs as the Blue Note to Royal Albert Hall in London and the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival In Japan.
Grant has recorded over 30 cds with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, New York Voices , Claire Daly, Harvie Swartz , Rodney Jones (featuring Kenny Kirkland) and recently Tom Wopat's Consider It Swung produced by bassist David Finck and featuring Bob Malach and Lewis Nash. Peter has played live with Astrud Gilberto, Peter Cincotti , Ben E. King, Dave Samuels and Chuck Loeb . His European tours include Spain with singer Bob Dorough and France with blues great Linda Hopkins. In 2005 Peter appeared on the PBS show, In Performance At The White House backing up Tom Wopat . In 2011 he performed and participated in clinics at the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska as a member of the Claire Daly Quintet. Most recently he recorded with Claire at Avatar studios for a CD of Thelonious Monk compositions. Peter appeared with Claire Daly at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept. 21 2013.