Biography

Kevin Fort has established himself as one of the most in demand pianists on the Chicago jazz scene.  Since moving to the city in 1999, he has performed with such icons as Bob Brookmeyer, John Clayton, James Moody, Ira Sullivan, Slide Hampton, Phil Woods, Steve Turre, Bill Watrous, and Louie Bellson.  As well as the next generation of great jazz artists including Makaya McCraven, Matt Ulery, Jeff Parker, Andy Brown, Caroline Davis, and Dana Hall.  Notable venues include Symphony Center, The Chicago Theatre, The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, and The Ravinia Festival.  

Born in 1980, Kevin was inspired to pursue a career in music by his father’s love of alto saxophone.  Eavesdropping on jam sessions at the house along with regularly listening to his dad’s classic jazz record collection helped to refine Kevin’s ear and develop an appreciation for the artform.  

After high school, Kevin enrolled at the DePaul University School of Music where he graduated with highest honors with both his BA and MM in Jazz Studies.  While there, he studied piano with Chicago jazz legend, Larry Novak.  

Kevin has recorded two albums as a leader.  Red Gold, was released in 2014.  All About Jazz described Kevin as “one of the young lions of the piano deserving of attention.”  Chicago Jazz Magazine said that “Fort proves himself an accomplished artist who is equally at ease with performing and composing.”  

Kevin’s latest album, Perspectives, releases on October, 6th 2022.  Accompanied by bandmates Joe Policastro and Jon Deitemyer, the group pays homage to the classic piano trio albums of the past while incorporating Kevin’s unique perspectives on the art form.  

Kevin is currently a faculty member at the Northwestern University Bienen School of Music where he shares his love of jazz with the next crop of burgeoning young artists.