Music Department
102 Dixon Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5683
Voice: (504) 865
Fax: (504) 865-5270

Kevin P O'Day

Tutor in Percussion

If you could only use one word to describe New Orleans drummer Kevin O'Day , that word would have to be "versatile." He is skilled in a plethora of styles from traditional jazz to the hip hop beats of the 21st century.

Kevin now plays with some of the most happening bands in New Orleans. Kevin O'Day Band, Kevin O'Day Jazz Trio, K.O'D. Hip Hop Alive, Midnite Disturbers, One Hundred and One Runners, Kirk Joseph's Backyard Groove, and Troy Sawyer's Jazz Trio.

O'Day has worked with soul and blues legend Walter "Wolfman" Washington's Roadmasters, taking over the drum chair that was held for many years by Wilbert "Junkyard Dog" Arnold. In addition to his work with Washington's regular band, he also has led an allstar quartet that features Washington, trumpeter James Andrews and keyboardist Brian Coogan.

In recent years, O'Day has also worked with Funky Meters guitarist Brian Stoltz's solo project. His resume also includes stints with the groove jazz of Have Soul Will Travel; the roots rock of Anders Osborne and Eric Lindell; the hoodoo blues of Papa Mali as well as the contemporary jazz of saxophonist Robert Wagner.

In a town filled with great drummers and renowned across the globe for percussive innovation beginning with the great trad jazz drummer Warren "Baby" Dodds, O'Day stands out as the go-to guy for gigs of any variety. He is regarded among his peers as a drummer's drummer with a passion that never wanes and a sympathetic ear that defines musical telepathy.

O'Day, who is also a well-regarded composer and lyricist, gravitated to music at an early age developing proficiency on the piano and guitar before finding his muse behind the drum kit at the age of 11. He matriculated through Loyola University under the tutelage of Johnny Vidacovich- the dean of working and teaching drummers in the Crescent City. But long before he completed his course work, O'Day was working the clubs and festivals of New Orleans.

O'Day's deft touch on the drums is augmented by his deep knowledge of music of every variety. He is as comfortable on the stage at Snug Harbor- New Orleans' premier modern jazz club- as he is in gritty juke joints and watering holes. He gives his heart and soul to the music whether he is on a giant stage in front of thousands at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or in a tiny club with only a handful of fans.

Kevin O'Day has been one of the leading lights on the New Orleans music scene for more than a decade. He is a charter member of the fertile Frenchmen Street scene and has worked with a literal who's who of the next generation of New Orleans musicians in addition to many of the luminaries who have already made their mark.


Newcomb Department of Music, 102 Dixon Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5267