Instruments

The “short list” of the instruments I use exclusively.

FODERA TOM KENNEDY SIGNATURE EMPEROR 2 BASS

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What can I say…the best instruments on the planet! I have been playing Fodera Basses since 1985, and can truly say that I have found the perfect extension of my musical voice in the TK Signature Bass. These instruments are built for the player, providing such an organic feel and sound which allows me the luxury to simply be creative!

FODERA TOM KENNEDY STANDARD BASS

FODERA TOM KENNEDY STANDARD BASS

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I’m very excited to add a new Fodera Bass to my arsenal… The Emperor Standard 5-string bolt-on. This bass has the same incredible punch, warmth and character so common to Fodera instruments, but is also perfect as a travel Bass. I have already found the removable neck invaluable on more flights than I can count, and thanks to Fodera’s precision construction, it plays beautifully wherever I go!

CHADWICK FOLDING BASS

CHADWICK FOLDING BASS

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This amazing bass system checks in at the airport with no additional weight or size fees, and with a less than 5 minute set up, provides me the luxury of taking the stage with a great sounding full size Acoustic Bass!

 

FODERA STRINGS

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The Fodera 5 string bass set is a perfect complement to the Fodera TK Bass guitar. These strings provide great body, brightness and sustain, and are always perfectly matched.

D’ADDARIO HELICORE HYBRID BASS STRINGS

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I was so impressed the first time I played these strings on a friend’s Ac. Bass, and even moreimpressed with them on my instrument! They have such a nice warmth, amazing sustain, and really bring out the instrument’s character. I have Hybrids on all of my basses!

MARKBASS AMPLIFIERS

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I was supplied with a Markbass amplifier quite by accident at a performance with the Mike Stern Band several years ago, and have used them exclusively ever since. The Momark/SD410H combination reveals the true sound of my Fodera signature bass, while the Minimark is perfect for Ac. Bass gigs around town. I couldn’t be happier!

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Reviews

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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