Miami Dade Colleges (MDC) Arts and Philosophy Department continues its successful jazz series, Jazz at Wolfson Presents, at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 21, with B-3 organist Kyle Koehler. The concert is free and open to the public.
All About Jazz magazine calls Koehler a revelation on organ and a natural heir to the progressive tradition of Jimmy Smith and Larry Young.
A Philadelphia native, Koehler has performed with some of the top names in jazz, in addition to leading his own trio. He has recorded two albums with Grammy-nominated R&B sensation James Hunter and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Koehler has also performed at jazz festivals around the country and toured Japan to promote his critically acclaimed CD, EXIT 13 with drummer Sylvia Cuenca and guitarist Dave Stryker. In 2002, Koehler was chosen as a jazz ambassador to tour Africa on behalf of The Kennedy Center and U.S. State Department.
Koehler arrived on the New York City music scene in the late 90s after receiving a degree in music performance and composition. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Koehler also leads master classes on the Hammond B-3 organ at numerous colleges and jazz programs nationwide. Koehler was recently voted as a Rising Star in DownBeat magazines critics poll.