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Kevin A. Madden was born in South Lake Tahoe, California, and is the fourth generation that he knows of, on both sides his family, to get paid for playing music. He was raised by parents who had worked for or performed with Igor Stravinsky, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sarah Vaughn, Billy Eckstine, Glenn Campell, Hoagy Carmichael, Woody Herman’s Herd, the Gregg Smith Singers, Bob Florence, Harry James, Stan Getz, and Buddy Rich. If you don’t know who those people are, you will be unimpressed, and he can live with that.

He is not only the son of two professional musicians, but both of his parents’ grandparents were professional musicians as well: one great-great-grandparent played in the Czar’s army; another great-grandparent was in John Phillip Sousa’s Band. If you don’t know who those two people are, he thinks you should turn off the TV and read more books, but will not publicly say so because of his good boundaries.

As a child, Kevin’s other interests included (predictably) magic. His first business card was given to him as a gift by an aunt who daily prays for forgiveness. Kevin quit doing magic professionally when he went to college to do “serious” things, and has since lived in Davis, Boston, Vienna, Paris, a small town in Austria named Mattersburg, Napa, Petaluma, and he moved to San Francisco in 1999 to be an arts education administrator. He also taught music for many years in several Bay Area school districts.

Kevin attended UC Davis, intending to major in Political Science and minor in Japanese language, and finished an English major speaking fluent French and German. He later demonstrated his famous financial genius, and borrowed excessive amounts of money to earn a Master’s degree in education while further studying jazz piano. After finishing these programs, and doing yet more serious things in arts education, he decided he was far more adept at doing at silly things.

Kevin lives with his carnivorous plants and magic books in San Francisco, annually rejects nominations for the A.D.D. Poster-Adult-of-the-Year, and is a tad shocked to find himself regularly exercising.

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