Kevin Bales received his B.M. from the University of North Florida and M.M. from Florida State. He taught at UNF for 10 years, where many of his groups won Downbeat Awards and were invited to perform at IAJE and other prestigious festivals. As a jazz pianist he has played and recorded with Marcus Printup, Bunky Green, Bob Reynolds, Ira Sullivan, Barry Green, and many others. He has performed at venues from South Florida to New York City and is one of the most in-demand pianists in the Southeastern U.S.