Bassist and UArts music faculty member since 1996, Kevin MacConnell continues to enjoy a busy and diverse career as a freelance musician. He has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts. In the pop world, he has made national and international television appearances/performances with Marilyn McCoo, Merv Griffin, Natalie Cole and opera diva, Denyce Graves. Kevin continues to stay involved in the classical music scene, having performed several concerts this past season, in the bass section of the Reading Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in recent years with several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, in their chamber music series and with the renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir. He also subs with the Philly Pops and the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra. Equally at home in the musical theater world, Kevin has worked alongside the late Cy Coleman while producing his last musical, "The Great Ostrovsky" and with Adam Guettel (son of Mary Rodgers and grandson of Richard Rodgers) in both Philadelphia theater productions of his musical "Floyd Collins". He has performed theater productions in the pit of the Academy of Music, Forrest Theater, Merriam Theater, Walnut St. Theater and the Prince Theater and is currently a member of the pit orchestra in the Hershey Theater in Hershey Pa.
Kevin continually performs in jazz settings throughout the world. Most recently, he performed in South Korea with The Jōst Project, the band that interprets classic rock in a jazz format. Included in their tour was a performance at the Chilpo Jazz Festival. Kevin has performed with jazz greats, John Blake and Jimmy Bruno in a Philly summer concert series; he was also a featured member of the John Oddo Trio, performing with Debbie Boone and the Ocean City Pops in a tribute to Debbie's mother-in-law, the late Rosemary Clooney. He continues to tour the country with a Philadelphia-based classical/blue grass ensemble "The DePue Brothers Band.", which features two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as blue grass legends, Mark Cosgrove and Tony Trischka, with a ongoing performances for 'Live on Stage' in Nashville and throughout the country. Kevin performs regularly with local jazz icon, Larry McKenna, including a recently successful 'sold out' performance of the popular 'Art After Five' series at Phila. Art Museum, as well as with jazz vibraphonist Tony Miceli and the Uarts faculty ensemble, 'Power of Ten' led by former dean, Rick Lawn. He is also involved with a college concert series 'The Langston Hughes Project' led by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.
Recent recording credits include; "Profile", Larry McKenna; 'Earth Tones', Power of Ten; 'Unencumbered', Mark Cosgrove and Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, Charles Gilbert's prerecorded productions, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble". Also, The Jōst Project recording entitled, "Can't Find My Way Home" released by Dot Time Records and legendary saxophonist Larry McKenna’s “From All Sides.” Kevin was seen and heard on an episode of the USA network television drama 'White Collar' entitled the "The Empire City", performing behind Diahann Carroll, as her character June Ellington sings at the famed Harlem night club "The Cotton Club"!
Kevin resides in Spring City, PA with his wife Linda and their children.