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Oakland based pianist, M.C., producer, and composer is a classically trained pianist, who studied and immersed himself in jazz, and is a dedicated and prolific hip hop M.C. and lyricist. Choice delivers a distinct sound, style, and approach, blending genres together seamlessly with his witty and conscious lyrics, masterful piano flourish, and his rich hip hop jazz compositions.
After starting piano lessons at the age of 11 at Oakland’s Westlake Junior High School, Kev’s talents and passion for music were recognized and he was recommended to UC Berkeley’s Young Musician’s Program. He continued on to play at Skyline High School and eventually earned degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, bachelors and Masters in Piano Performance, respectively.
Kev Choice has toured around the world with artist such as Michael Franti and Spearhead, Goapele, Too Short, Zion I, LyricsBorn, The Coup, and Lauryn Hill. He has also written and composed an orchestral piece, “Soul Restoration Suite”, performed by Oakland Symphony, and produced on tracks with hip-hop artist like Too Short and Wiz Khalifa. Having formed his own band, Kev Choice Ensemble in 2008, Kev has played at venues and festivla locally, across the state, and as an opener around the world. He’s opened for the likes of Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli, Digable Planets, The Coup, and Lauryn Hill.
Kev Choice latest project will explore the piano trio format in a fresh and dynamic way, featuring Kev on piano and vocals performing original music and covers of Classic Jazz, Soul, and Hip-Hop works with the help of some very special guest.
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607