Kevin Hackler Jazz Combo

Like all good artists, Kevin Hackler continuously works on his craft, always prepared, ready for whatever comes along!




"Kevin Hackler is a first-class horn player! Whether he’s festively playing a cocktail hour with his spectacular trio of musicians or setting off the sounds of a 12-piece band, Kevin is sure to steal the show! His legendary talents, professionalism and dedication to pleasing the crowd make him a favorite."


-Kristin Newman/Wedding Planner


"He's got a keen sense of performance and also a great ability to put players together and write great songs. I haven't seen that in this modern era of music."


- Tim Holbrook


Kevin Hackler Jazz Combo

Kevin’s deceivingly simple yet emotive style on the trumpet has been an ongoing process since he began playing at the age of 10. It was not until then that Kevin began to take a serious interest in playing music. Offered his first gig playing for the Andrew Thielen Big Band and the House of Blues Big Band while still in High School. Kevin moved to Charleston, SC in the fall of 1999 to study music on a partial scholarship at the College of Charleston. Studying under such great influences as jazz drummer Quentin Baxter, trumpeters Lyle van Wie and Charlton Singleton, composer David Maves, and pianist Tommy Gill, Kevin graduated with B.A. in 2003.


During his time at the college and afterward, Kevin had the opportunity to tour with several bands across the United States and Europe and has played at such memorable locations as the Baggott Inn and the Lion's Den in New York City, the Florabama Lounge in Pensacola, Florida, The Continental Club in Austin Texas, The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia, Eighty Queen in Edinburgh, Scotland and the Jazz Hole and Mississippi Jazz Club in Rome, Italy and many more.


Kevin’s current projects reflect what he has learned on the road and his original works have his deeply personal flair for complex melodies presented in a deceptively simple fashion, offset by clear, golden, evocative harmonies, all blending into surprisingly catchy, modern tunes. The latest project, "Absalon" features some of the best musicians Charleston, SC has to offer with each band member touring regularly with various groups such as Morimoto, Leah Suarez, Lindsay Holler and more. Each musician in Absalon has an equal role in composing and arranging for the band, which makes the overall sound one that is very unique and immediately identifiable.

Song LIst

A Fine Romance

A Foggy Day

A Night in Tunisia

Almost Like Being In Love

All Or Nothing At All

All of Me

Alice In Wonderland

As Time Goes By

Afternoon In Paris

Autumn In New York

April In Paris

Au Privave

Autumn Leaves

Afro Blue

Arrivederci Roma

Ain't Misbehavin'

After You've Gone

Alone Together

All The Things You Are

Ba-Lue-Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are (T. Monk)

Blue Moon

Black Orpheus


But Not For Me

Beautiful Love

Body & Soul

Bye Bye Blackbird


Come Sunday


Como Fue

Dolphin Dance


Don't Get Around Much Anymore

Darktown Strutters Ball



Do You Know What It Means

Do Nothing till you hear from me




Fly Me To The Moon

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat

Green Dolphin Street

Groovin' High

Georgia On My Mind

Gentle Rain

Have You Met Miss Jones

Hassan's Dream

How High The Moon

Hello Dolly

Here's THat Rainy Day

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

I'll Remember April

I Mean You

If I Had You

If I Were A Bell

I Could Write A Book

I'll Be Seeing You

I'm A Fool To Want You

Jamaica Farewell


Just Friends

Karma Police

Lullaby Of Birdland






My Funny Valentine

Night & Day

Nica's Dream



Oh Lady Be Good

One Finger Snap

Old Folks

Pure Imagination

Pennies From Heaven


'Round Midnight

Ruby my Dear

Satin Doll

Say It With A Kiss

Stars Fell On Alabama


St. Thomas

Someone To Watch Over Me


Scrapple From The Apple

Softly As A Morning Sunrise

Sweet Lorraine

Serenade To A Cuckoo

Seven Steps To Heaven


Take The A Train

The Girl From Ipanema

Too Close For Comfort


The More I see You

The Nearness Of You

There Is No Greater Love



What Is This Thing Caled Love

Watermelon Man

Work Song



Who's Sorry Now?

Well You Needn't

You Don't Know What Love Is