Born: April 27, 1962
When the family move to the south-side of Chicago in 1975, Smith began his guitar studies at age 13 with a visit to the local music store purchasing two Mel Bay books. In 1977, the family moved to Maywood, Illinois, were at age 16 he began classical studies with guitarist Bruce Walters for a year, and later continue studies at Jack Cecchini Studio in Chicago till 1982. While attending Proviso East High School, he played electric guitar and timpani in the Proviso Township Orchestra and guitar and bass in the Proviso East High School jazz band, were he received the Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz Improvisation during his senior year...
AwardsLouis Armstrong Jazz Award
Short Stories is a stupendous album! You are a fine bassist —Warren Murchiie/ Bass Inside Magazine
Kenn Smith is a composer, bass and guitar player who's consistently described as gifted and in-the-pocket by fans and fellow musicians. His music fills the space where electric jazz meets blues, and his reputation is constantly growing through glowing reviews in publications like 'Jazz Weekly' and the 'Chicago Tribune.' Groovin', soulful blues. ——Cynthia Kravetz, Riffage.com. 1999
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South Holland, IL
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
12pm to 7pm. $50 per hour. Guitar and Bass instructor for 30. Teaching hundreds students all styles and techniques. Most of his students are well known recording artist and musicians. By way of the internet has taught more than 17,000 students
Bass clinican for 5 years. "I went to Kenn's clinic at Guitar Center. What a great player he is! I think I was the only non-bass player there, but it didn't matter. I learned a lot about "being musical". I had rehearsal with my band Friday night & spent about 15 minutes sharing my new found knowledge." "Kenn, I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the clinic. I thought it was a very informative. Some of my co-workers commented that you covered more "real world things that have to do with actually being out there playing" than any other clinician they have seen in the store, or anywhere for that matter. Thanks again!" —-Cruzer Mr Smith.. my name is Ryan Yurong.. i live in Virginia (a small town) and i want you to know what inspiration you have become for me.. i started my roots in music with traditional hardcore almost metal with NO appreciation for ANY kind of Music other than screamo/[punk/hardcore and metal... i have played guitar in several bands.. but recently met some friends to get me into bluegrass— or really NewGrass.. and soon my newest band will start to play funk newgrass.. your music has made a difference to my jump start career in music. and i wanted to say thank you. musically yours, RYaN