Choice December! Event’s & Show’s!

27 Nov

Kev Choice has some exciting shows coming up in the month of December!

Dec. 1st-Jack London Tree Lighting-Jack London Square-Oakland, CA 5-7pm

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Dec. 2nd-Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Holiday Concert-Paramount Theater-Oakland, CA 7pm


Dec. 9th-SFJAZZ-Kev Choice Trio-San Francisco, CA 7pm & 8:30pm


Come check out any or all of these great performances by Kev Choice!

DEC. 9th Kev Choice Trio-SF JAZZ!

23 Nov

Kev Choice Trio

December 9th

SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin ST., San Francisco

7pm & 8:30pm




The only reason Kev Choice isn’t better known on the West Coast jazz scene is that he’s spent much of the past two decades immersed in hip hop and R&B. But make so mistake, the Oakland-reared pianist is a highly trained improviser with deep insights into the jazz tradition. In his trio, he draws on his love of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Mulgrew Miller, and Robert Glasper, exploring his multifarious original compositions and arrangements of classic hip-hop, jazz, and soul material.

His fourth solo album and first project focusing on his instrumentals, 2016’s 88 Steps to Eternity, brought his improvisational prowess to the foreground. Choice is also a producer and in-demand sideman who’s toured and recorded with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Lyrics Born, Too $hort, Ledisi and fellow Skyline High grad Goapele. In 2007, Lauryn Hill recruited him as music director, and he spent 18 months touring internationally with her. More recently he’s collaborated with The Coup, Dwele, Martin Luther, and Amel Larrieux. As a leader, he’s performed widely with the Kev Choice Ensemble, his jazz-hip-hop-funk big band, but the trio offers the most unmediated experience of an artist expanding the possibilities of African-American music.

Kev Choice live at Stern Grove Festival Today!!

27 Aug

Kev Choice Ensemble will be performing live today at Stern Grove Festival in San Francisco, opening for the legendary vocalist Mavis Staples! This is a free concert and usually draws thousands and thousands of people to watch great shows in this amazing outside venue. Come out and support!!

Mavis Staples

Kev Choice Ensemble

Show starts at 2pm

Stern Grove-Sigmund Stern Grove Park-19th & Sloat-San Franciscostern grove

2 shows today!! Swans Marketplace 100th and Live with Jennifer Johns at OCSL

22 Jul

Kev Choice will be performing at to exquisite events today!

3-4pm Kev Choice Trio “A Tribute to Jazz Piano Master’s-Swan’s Marketplace-Oakland- 9th &Clay: “Kev Choice trio will be performing music of jazz piano masters Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, and more!


7-9pm Special guest with Jennifer Johns live at Oakland Center For Spiritual Living: Performing inspirational and inspiring music from the catalogue of Jennifer Johns and many power influences!

Come check out some amazing and powerful music!

Kev Choice Ensemble to pay tribute to Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” at SFJAZZ Aug. 19th.

11 Jul

Kev Choice Ensemble is excited to be a part of an incredible lineup in tribute to Miles Davis “Bitches Brew” presented by UnderCover & SFJAZZ on August 19th, 7pm-10pm. Kev Choice will be putting his unique hip hop, soul, R&B, infused jazz spin on the 3rd side of the album featuring the songs “Spanish Key” and “John McLaughlin”.

Side 1 – Broun Fellinis
Side 2 – Pc Muñoz
Side 3 – Kev Choice
Side 4 – Alligator Spacewalk

Though it was not his first foray into electric fusion, Miles Davis’ 1970 album Bitches Brew hit the jazz world like a bolt of lightning. The revolutionary rock-influenced sound, electric instrumentation, and production techniques (including tape-splicing and looping) were both groundbreaking and immensely controversial. Selling over half a million copies, it was undoubtedly a phenomenon, sparking an age of experimentation in jazz. The fearless spirit of Davis’ work drives daring new interpretations by Broun Fellinis, PC Muñoz, Kev Choice, and Alligator Spacewalk. Each group will re-imagine one side of the double-disk album.
The Summer Series
Over four nights this Summer at SFJAZZ, UnderCover Presents pays tribute to two legendary artists, one landmark album, and a seminal studio band. Each unique night, showcases 4 different Bay Area ensembles as they present bold reinterpretations of this iconic music.

For Tix and more info!


Kev Choice at Yoshi’s June 30th!

13 Jun

Kev Choice Ensemble returns to one of Oakland’s premier venues for live music, Yoshi’s, June 30th for two shows, 8pm & 10pm. Kev will be performing a wide array of music showcasing his signature blend of live hip-hop, jazz, R&B, soul, classical, and more. Kev always debuts new material at Yoshi’s and always has an impressive lineup of special guest as well as his powerhouse band!

Tickets available now at




New video! Kev Choice-“Morning Star”

31 Mar

In his new video, “Morning Star”, Kev Choice shares his sentiments and amazing experience after visiting Palestine on an impactful and powerful tour with artist Aisha Fukishima and band members Uriah Duffy and Dame Drummer. The song was written and produced in the Jerusalem Hotel, in East Jerusalem, on the last day of his trip throughout the West Bank. The video was shot by Kev on his iPhone as he walked through East Jerusalem, The Old City, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Neblus, and Jericho. The tour was centered around doing youth workshops and exchanges with local musicians. Kev dedicated the video and song to the children he encountered on the trip who left on longing impression sharing their gifts, talents, hospitality, and appreciation for the bands visit. “I wanted to let them know that they have to keep shining and pushing because they have talents and stories  that the worlds needs to see and hear, that we aren’t hearing as of now.”

You can Download the song at:……

3/18 Kev Choice Live at Starline Social Club!

6 Mar


Kev Choice will be bringing new music, new vibes, new energy, and some new friends rocking at one of Oakland’s dopest spots for live shows!!

March 18th

Kev Choice Ensemble

Tree Thomas

Mani Draper + Brave Area

+Special Guest

Starline Social Club-2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way., Oakland, CA





Feb.16th-18th: Kev Choice featured on “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill tribute at Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in SF!

16 Feb

UnderCover & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents: A Tribute To Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Kev Choice Ensemble will be featured on this incredible event!!

UnderCover & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Presents: A Tribute To Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Yerba Buena Center For The Arts -701 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

Admission: $35-45
Doors: 9pm
Show: 9:30pm
All Ages – ADA Accessible


Here is the lineup of a stellar list of Bay Area bands doing one song from this classic album!
1. Lost Ones – Femme Deadly Venoms (Hip Hop/Electronica)
2. Ex-Factor – Cosa Nostra Strings feat. Lilan Kane (Acoustic/Chamber/Soul)
3. To Zion – RUBaDUB POSSE (Reggae)
4. Doo Wop (That Thing) – Babii Cris (Social Conscious Hip Hop)
5. Superstar – Howard Wiley and Extra Nappy (Authentic Black American)
6. Final Hour – Kev Choice (Hip Hop/Jazz/Soul/Funk)
7. When It Hurts So Bad – FR333 feat. Astu (Hydra-Hop)
8. I Used to Love Him – Josh Jones Latin Ensemble (Latin)
9. Forgive Them Father – Inspector Gadje feat. Sandman (Balkan Brass)
10. Every Ghetto, Every City – Noah Kibreab (Acoustic Soul)
11. Nothing Even Matters – Meklit (Ethio-Jazz)
12. Everything Is Everything – Katdelic (Funk/Soul/Rock)
13. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Osa Vocal Rush (Soul/A Capella)
14. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol(Jazz/Blues/Beyond)
15. Tell Him – SOL Development (Movement Music)

Hosted by Lyz Luke
Projections & Stage Design by Rachel Znerold
Video Art by Phil Elleston II
Artwork by R.Black
Opening Dance Performance by Mini Mix’d of Mix’d Ingrdnts Dance Company

Lauryn Hill inspired countless souls with the release of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Effortlessly combining soul, hip hop, and reggae, it showcased the confident vision of a young woman dealing with modern life – love, heartbreak, spirituality, racism – with the wisdom and aplomb of an old soul. 18 years later, the album still holds up as a modern classic, and it’s influence can be heard in the next generation of artists like Kehlani and Chance the Rapper.

YBCA and UnderCover present a showcase of local Bay Area artists in a performance that pays homage to the Grammy award–winning artist Ms. Lauryn Hill. Over 75 diverse musical artists each lend their unique creative voices to a song from her iconic soul and hip hop album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Reinterpreting the classic record from start to finish, they create a musical cross-pollination that is unusual to encounter in a single bill. Clas/sick Hip Hop, now in its third iteration, is an artful platform that surfaces questions about the role of hip hop through music, movement, and the politics of freedom. This year YBCA explores gender norms in hip hop culture, highlighting the presence and impact of femininity in a subculture that has historically been undergirded by hyper-masculinity and violence. UnderCover Presents: A Tribute to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill reflects on gender in unique ways while also responding to ongoing curatorial inquiries into the viability of hip hop at a contemporary arts center. We ask ourselves how we can embrace its rapidly changing form as it takes new shape across the domestic landscape and is transposed within international bodies. Clas/sick Hip Hop is our vehicle.

Kev Choice was Lauryn Hill’s musical director 2006-2007, touring in Hawaii, Japan, Brazil, and throughout Europe with the Grammy winning artist.

“UnderCover productions have become storied, stylistically encompassing events that maximize the talent pool by limiting each act to a single song.” – SF Chronicle

“…there are some performances you’ll be talking about for the entire year.”- SF Weekly

“…a vast, all-encompassing experience. We watched as the musical territory staked out got larger and larger, and the connection between making music and going to concerts got closer and closer. In short: It was great.” – The Bay Bridged

“Beyond the racial and gender divides” – KPFA 94.1 FM

“Building Bridges” – Oakland Magazine

Winner of SF Weekly and San Francisco Bay Guardian “Best of” Awards

Don’t miss this!!



Kev Choice Ensemble set to perform at Yoshi’s Oakland Jan. 13th!

2 Jan

January 13th, Kev Choice Ensemble starts off the new year in a big way, returning to perform at their favorite and one of the best venues for live music in Oakland, Yoshi’s. They will be performing two shows 8pm & 10pm and tickets are on sale now at

Fresh from a recent trip to Palestine with Aisha Fukishima, Kev returns home to perform this intimate set of music from his previous 4 albums, including his most recent project “88 Steps To Eternity”. He will also be premiering new works and material as well as playing some classic covers to showcase the range and influences of his dynamic ensemble  that features amazing rhythm section, horns, strings, vocalist, and guest artist.

Come see what Kev Choice has in store for 2017!!!Leela_James_YOK_1-Up


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