Kevin Garren

Originally from Simi Valley, California, Kevin Garren was born into a musical family. He began his musical training at 8 years old, when his father began to teach Kevin the guitar. Kevin quickly developed his musical ability by racing through his school work in order to practice several hours a day. When the opportunity came in middle school to participate in the school band program, guitar was not offered; so Kevin decided to learn the Alto Sax. He immersed himself in the recordings of Charlie Parker and Cannonball Adderley, and would practice playing Parker solos for several hours everyday. In 1995, a Berklee Summer Jazz Camp teacher suggested that Kevin take a lesson with the Big Phat Band’s own Eric Marienthal. Kevin went on to study with Eric for the next 2 years, before leaving Los Angeles to study briefly at Berklee College of Music and at Santa Barbara City College. At age 20, Kevin began touring the world performing with Broadway Shows, on Cruise Lines, and with various jazz ensembles. He returned to Los Angeles in 2005, where he has quickly become one of the most in demand saxophonists of his generation. Kevin’s credits include performing with such notables as Michael Brecker, James Moody, Patti Austin, Pete Christlieb, The Bill Holman Big Band, The Don Menza Big Band, Les Hooper’s Big Band, Chris Walden, Arturo Sandoval, and SuperSax.