163 – Kevin Winard: Playing with Steve Tyrell, Singers and Singing, The Intent and Spirit of Playing
Kevin Winard has toured and recorded with singer Steve Tyrell for 12 years. Over his career, he’s gained a wealth of experience with a wide variety of gigs including Debbie Boone, Paul Anka, and Doc Severinsen. When he was just twenty years old he began backing up one of the most successful pop duos in musical history—The Captain & Tennille, touring and recording with them for over ten years. In the summer of 1988, Kevin traveled the United States with the pop group Times Two opening for Debbie Gibson on her Out Of The Blue tour. In 1991 Kevin was requested by French rock star David Hallyday for his European tour and live album. That same year he traveled the world playing with pop icon Paul Anka.
His latest endeavor is a project that features him singing jazz standards and is aptly named Kevin Winard Sings, produced by pianist, composer and arranger Peter Clark.
In this podcast, Kevin talks about:
Playing a “pop jazz” gig vs. hard-core bop
Playing drumset with a symphony orchestra
Lyman Medeiros, the bassist in the Tyrell band
His thoughts on singing and singers
Simplicity in big band drumming
What Steve Gadd had to say after seeing Kevin perform
How intent and joy on the bandstand translate to the audience
How to physically and mentally relax while playing
Why being in the music business is like being in a marriage
Kevin Winard endorses products by DW, LP, Zildjian, Remo, and Innovative Percussion.
This episode is sponsored by Session Ace.