*Voted Best Jazz Clarinet Player in Wisconsin!
*Grammy Nominated Music Educator
*Leader of Green Bay Packer Tailgater Bands
"Van Ess can play clarinet like the instrument is an extension of his brain and body.
Fast, fluid, fine--and combinations thereof. And he makes stuff up quicker than a kid caught in a lie. A Van Ess solo is not a short trip from here to the grocery store but
from here to New Orleans and New York and Chicago and Fantasyland in the speed of light as he shifts tunes to whatever
he's thinking at the moment. Van Ess can hang notes for 45 seconds or so. No problem. Be Nimble? Be piercingly High?
No problem either. His playing is fresh and refreshing."
"Just so you know: Van Ess is the best show-clarinetist around"
(CBS Media Critic at large)
*Kevin has performed on
over 30 recordings including releasing 4 of his own CD's with The Talk of TheTown entitled: A Closer
Walk With Kevin Van Ess, Honkytonk, Mr. Licorice Stick, and Jazzman
*Year in Review:
Selected One Of The Top 5 Best Performances of 2016
( in “A Closer Walk” Van Ess’ solo was phenomenal )
*Kevin has appeared on the CBS National Television
News Show 60 Minutes, the NFL Fox Pregame Show and ESPN Sports
*Kevin has performed on Sirius XM NFL Radio Broadcast
throughout the nation
*Kevin performed with Jazz Legend Pete Fountain
and his Half Fast Walking Club in the Mardi Gras Parade New Orleans
(click above on Kevin Photos)
*Kevin performed and was featured with the
Grammy Nominated Jazz Band - The Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans
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