About Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy is an accomplished touring and studio musician who ranks as one of the top acoustic and electric bass players in the world. His credits include performances and recordings with both mainstream legends and leading contemporary players.

Tom’s musical roots are on the Acoustic Bass, and instrument he started playing at age 9 and took to it so naturally that within a few years he was performing with internationally known players such as Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Nat Adderly, Sonny Stitt and Stan Kenton.

At age 17, Tom would create a musical alter ego when he began playing the Electric bass. Intrigued by the endless possibilities of the instrument, he began developing his now signature style best described as deep, soulful grooves merging seamlessly into acrobatic, horn-like soloing.

Gaining a reputation that soon traveled beyond his native St. Louis, Tom relocated to New York City, where he quickly gained work with multiple groups. Further accolades came through a recording with guitar great Bill Connors and tours with tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker in the world-­‐renowned jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. Additional tours and recordings with Brazilian pianist Tania Maria and guitarist Al DiMeola followed.

In 1998, Tom became an integral part of Modern Drummer hall of famer Dave Weckl’s band, a group he toured, composed and recorded with for over 9 years. Tom and Dave have continued to perform and record together on various projects for other artists, including Mike Stern, Didier Lockwood, Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour.

Tom has also performed and recorded with top contemporary players Simon Philips, Steve Gadd, Frank Gambale, Steve Lukather, David Sanborn, Jeff Lorber, Ricky Lawson, Joe Sample and fusion band Planet X.

Tom has released four solo CDs: Basses Loaded in 1996, Bassics in 2004 featuring Mundell Lowe and Joe LaBarbera,  Just for the Record in 2011, featuring Dave Weckl and Mike Stern, and Just Play! in 2013 featuring Lee Ritenour, Renee Rosnes and George Garzone.

LA Weekly writes that Tom’s playing is “nothing short of inspiring.” His reputation as a master of his craft is evident among fans worldwide.

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MIKE STERN – The Mike Stern Band, Miles Davis
“Tom Kennedy is one of the best bass players I’ve ever played with in my life. I’m very proud to be included on his record and very happy he’s on my next record.”

BEN VEREEN
“You can hear him on many CDs, solo and in collaboration with other artists who are wise enough to ask him to enhance their compositions with his incredible talent. But for me, to be in the presence of Thomas Kennedy, to hear the magic that he delivers with every note is truly to see genius at work. You see, I have the honor of being on stage with this artist many a night and along with the audience I am moved to awe. We watch how he transforms each note with reverence into a vibrational eloquence that soothes the very soul of each listener. Whether it be fast or slow, no note goes unrecognized and believe me, that note appreciates being released in its tonal perfection. To behold this intimate love affair between Tom and his long trusted traveling companion, the bass, is something you must witness at least once in your life. Then you too will join the collective gasp from all as those vibrations heighten and tantalize the senses of the soul. And I, as facilitator of the evening, get the privilege to proclaim to the world, “Behold. The Master at Work.”

BASS MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
“It would be hard to overstate Tom Kennedy’s mastery of jazz bass, with a resume that runs as deep as his groove and feel.”

DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
“Tom Kennedy opens his third album as a leader, Just for the Record, by running his electric bass in dizzying circles around Dave Weckl’s bouncy drums. “Breakneck” is a short, bubbly exercise in speed, the musicians playfully sparring with their instruments. It showcases Kennedy’s prodigious abilities, but also highlights the friendships and strong musical relationships that have defined his career.”

 








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