Welcome to the home of Raleigh/Durham North Carolina based jazz guitarist Kevin Van Sant!  Here you will find information about me and my music.  You can browse my photo galleries and video library.  Direct from this site you can also listen to and buy my music in downloadable digital form.   And if you are looking to book a jazz group you will find detailed information and samples of the various configurations I can provide for your event.   If you are interested in taking private lessons in person or via Skpe, there is more information about that too.

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Analogies and Jazz Music 

I have always had a fondness for analogies.   To me a good analogy allows for an easier connection to or understanding of something that on the surface you may not be familiar with.  I find myself using analogies with students all the time, the are so many great analogies which apply to learning an instrument and learning jazz music and improvisation (jazz music as a language for example). Occasionally I may make one that's a bit far fetched, but I've seen how generally with my students I can witness an "ah ha" moment with the aid of a good analogy.   With a blog post today on the similarities between the improvising musician and a tennis player I am beginning a series of posts on some of my favorite analogies.  Let me know what you think, or what are some of your favorites?

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A Fresh Look 

Welcome if you've found my site for the first time and welcome back if you've been here before.  Those in the latter category will have noticed the new look.  This is the first overhaul I've done to my website in about eight or nine years.  It's been long overdo!

I created my first web page back around 1996 when the World Wide Web was just beginning to become accessible to internet users at home.   Back then the design options were pretty limited by the primitive HTML coding.  But the plus side of that was it was really easy to learn HTML from checking out the source code of any website that had a cool feature.  In 1996 simple tables would have been considered a cool feature!   So for a while I, with no background or training in programming, was able to keep up with the advances to HTML while having fun redesigning my site while putting in cutting edge features I'd learn from studying other webpages that caught my eye.   As the web and corresponding HTML language grew rapidly I would periodically re-do my website taking advantage of the new design possibilities and the increasing available bandwidth.   Mine was actually one of the first sites to use Flash, and an early incarnation of my website had a small blurb written about it in Newsweek magazine.  It finally got to the point where the coding involved in a full featured website had become far too sophisticated and advanced to be easily learned and implemented by a mere hobbyist such as myself.  It has truly become the domain of actual programmers!

That's the main reason I haven't done a significant reboot of my website in so long, I just don't have the programming chops to improve on what I had last created whenever it was.  But I had put a ton of work into the last incarnation and, if I do say so myself, I think it actually still looked pretty good and contemporary even by today's standards.  So for a long while I was content to just make minor edits and add new content without doing another overhaul.

But finally the time had come, and faced with the daunting task of a complete redesign and rebuild of the entire site, I explored some of the new HTML5 website building options available on online platforms.  After a lot of research I settled on Bandzoogle.com.  There are quite a number of similar platforms out there but I liked that their features are set up specifically for the needs of an independent musician/band.   So here I am, or here we are, the beginning of the next incarnation of my website.  I am excited about the dynamic nature of HTML5 and the integration possibilities across the various platforms we musicians may be using.   I think it will prove to be easier to keep the content here growing and up to date so I'm excited about that too.  For now, as a learn my way around the new platform, I guess this is a work in progress that will hopefully continue to develop.

So thanks for stopping by, please check back from time to time to see what's new and what I'm up to.

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Previous events

KVS Trio @ Sharp 9

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Sharp 9 Gallery, 4608 Industry Ln, Ste L, , Durham, North Carolina 27713

Guitar/Piano/Bass Trio at the wonderful Durham jazz listening venue Sharp 9 Gallery.

I'll be playing with Andrew Berrinson on piano and Paul Creel on Bass. We'll draw from some great songs that aren't heard often enough as well as some of my own music.

Sharp 9 is BYOB venue, and the best listening room around. Please join us!

Kevin Van Sant / Evan Roberson Quartet @ Sharp 9

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Sharp 9 Gallery, 4608 Industry Ln, Ste L, , Durham, North Carolina 27713

I am very excited to have this quartet come together to play the music from one of my favorite albums. The Album is "Thinking About You" under trombonist Frank Rosolino's name. There is nothing extraordinary in the arranging or production of this album, but is extraordinarily beautiful music played by four extraordinary musicians. Frank Rosolino, Ed Bickert, Don Thompson, and Terry Clark.

Joining me for this event are Evan Roberson on Trombone, Steve Haines on bass, and Dan Davis on drums. We will do our best to conjure the collective spirit and intensity heard on this album as we perform the same songs. Please join us!

KVS Q-tet @ the Beyu Caffe

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Beyu Caffe, 341 West Main Street, Durham, NC

I am very excited to be returning to the Beyu in their new expanded venue. I'll have a great quartet with me including Stephen Riley on saxophone. The Beyu has long been my favorite jazz venue in the triangle and I can't wait to see the new new incarnation. Please join us! Tickets/reservations recommended. Info at: http://beyucaffe.com/events/kevin-van-sant-jazz-guitar/.

Kevin Van Sant Duo

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Vinos Finos, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Suite 110, Raleigh NC

I'm happy to be playing this venue for the first time. I'll be performing in a duo configuration with bassist Jason Foureman. Please come out for good eats/drink and music!

Supporting the venues that host live jazz music is the only way to make it happen. Thanks!


w/ Al Strong and the Durham Symphony

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Carolina Theatre, 309 West Morgan St, Durham NC

I'll be performing with Al Strong as his group collaborates with the Durham Symphony at the beautiful Carolina Theater for what they are calling a "Night of NC Music and All That Jazz"

More information can be found here: http://www.durhamsymphony.org/event/dso-presents-nc-piedmont-bluegrass-and-jazz/

guitar duo w/ Keith Ganz

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Alley 26, 320 E Chapel Hill St, , Durham, NC 27701

I'm excited to be back at Alley 26 in Durham for another night of two guitars with the exceptionally musical Keith Ganz. This is always great fun, please join us!

Live guest spot on WHUP Radio

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WHUP FM Radio, Hillsboro NC

I'll be in the studio at WHUP radio out of Hillsboro NC for Ben Palmer's weekly jazz program. We'll play some music live over the air and I'll also bring in some of my favorite music to play and talk about.

the station streams over the internet at http://whupfm.org/


Ray Condrington / Kevin Van Sant Trio

Shell Island Resort, 2700 North Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

This will be a very special evening of music at the Shell Island Resort. It's part of a dinner/concert series put on by the Jazz Dining Co-op. Please read below for more information.

I will be teaming up with the great trumpeter Ray Codrington and Doug Largent on bass.

Please do not call Shell Island directly for Reservations!!! E-mail gwhite33@ec.rr.com Restaurant accepts cash or credit cards at the end of the meal. Dinner order is required. Pre-Order is preferred. CASH BAR INFORMATION- CALL GERRY WHITE 910-256-9880

Solo Guitar at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Budapest

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Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Erzsébet krt. 43, 1073, Budapest, Hungary

It is my great pleasure to be spending the evening on each of the five Mondays in August playing solo guitar at the Corinthia Grand Hotel Budapest I'll be in Le Bar from 7-10pm every Monday.


If you found about this gig from my website here be sure to say hi!