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What the Band Knows: How’s Your Place Sound?

No Playing on Stage

There are a lot of factors that go into a band sounding great versus merely good. For a band like ours, playing a lot of classier weddings and nicer corporate events, most are intangibles – how the individual members are feeling that day, whether or not they got sprinkled with Miles Davis Magic Fairy Dust, […]

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That Christmas Engagement

When I decided to ask my wife to marry me, I chose to do it on her birthday. See, I was being practical … when you present her with a nice rock, you’re totally off the hook for any other present! So I’m always impressed with other guys who propose on someone’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, […]

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Jazzin’ Up the PWC Holiday Party

Tina Hassler (vocals) & Kevin Mitchell (piano/guitar)

“I’ve been coming to these [holiday parties] for 21 years, and you guys are absolutely the best band we’ve had at this thing,” said Ben, a Price Waterhouse Cooper executive, during one of our breaks. It was high praise – and this was a really fun, classy holiday party. It was at the Four Seasons […]

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What the Band Knows … Part II

Joe & Chris keepin' the rhythm.

When your band is playing your event you’re (hopefully) listening to the band. But sometimes it’s a good idea to listen to the band even before your event … and I don’t mean going to check out a performance first. This is second in a series where I suggest that the experienced St. Louis band […]

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Ensuring a Charity Event’s Success

It’ll be no surprise to anyone who has seen us (or even heard our recordings) that we absolutely love playing. We love the music, we love contributing to a good time, and we love the smiles it brings people. What could be even better? When we play your St. Louis charity event. It’s all of […]

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A Trio Version of the 4

KM4 Jazz Trio

I really love my band, and like playing with a group featuring a singer. So I don’t often go out as an instrumental trio, but I have to say, it is a lot of fun when the opportunity arises.  Recently we got a call from Yelp! for a return engagement. Last year they had a […]

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Five Tips to Find The Right Band for Your Holiday Party

A great classy fun jazz band - just what your corporate holiday party needs?

It’s an unusually cool August week in St. Louis, so that must have people thinking about Corporate Christmas parties because The Kevin Mitchell 4 is suddenly getting a lot queries to play in December. In my 10+ years as a professional musician, a pattern has been apparent in the selecting of bands to play the […]

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Corporate Events With Class

opaa

So for a fifth time in six years, we got to play OPAA‘s big annual event Tuesday evening here in St. Louis (actually the last few years it’s been at the St. Charles Convention Center). They are a food service company servicing schools, and every year they bring in their sales team and vendors for […]

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Best of Both Worlds

When the four of us played a wedding at the Bissinger's Carmel Room.

Two disclaimers: This idea isn’t financially feasible for many; second, this is what Lauren and I did for our wedding nearly 16 years ago. When anyone is planning a wedding reception, there’s almost always this debate: live band or DJ? To oversimplify the argument, one is often less expensive and offers more variety (Artie Shaw! […]

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The Fundraiser: Return Engagement

It’s a “when it rain’s it pours” situation with a band like ours here in St. Louis. A few Fridays ago a musician friend asked how the band was doing, and I said that it was a bit slow. I should do that more often because before the sun set on that very February day, […]

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