Born: April 27, 1962 Primary Instrument: Bass
22 Years Touring & Session Bassist/Guitarist Producer, Composer, Clinician, Published Author
His music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a soulful, organic experience. His musical abilities as a musician and composer ranges from Classical to Jazz, Funk to Progressive Rock and World Music. He has displayed this versatility with releases of two guitar disc BLUE and My Past and a solo bass CD titled Short Stories.
As a sideman and solo artist, he has worked with many great artists.
Classical, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Gospel, Blues & Rock: The Chicago Sinfonietta - Paul Freeman Director, Chi-Lites, Tower of Power, Tom Tom Washington (Arranger for Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and Phil Collins.) late George (Paco) Patterson (Music director/composer for the Isly Brothers and other R&B greats.) Lamont Boston, Valerie Wellington, R. Kelly, The Soulvitaminz, Jazz Piano Legend the late Peter Z, Leni Stern, Jazz Legend Violinist Johnny Frigo, the late great Art Porter, Members of the Miles Davis Band, Jodie Christian, Najee, Darryl Jones (Bassist for Rolling Stones), James Jimmy Car Wash Spinks. BeBe Winans and The Winans Family, Al Green, Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Stanley Jordan, Wynton Marsalis
Other Credits: Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. Feature in Bass Player Magazine, Bass Inside.com & Global Bass.com. Listed in the Europe Jazz Network.
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:
Advanced students only.
Guitar and Bass instructor for 27. 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