All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » James Kennedy

James Kennedy

James Kennedy began his musical studies in his local school’s band program. He credits those early teachers with laying a solid foundation of musical knowledge. After a few years in the band program he met his true love, a 6 string “Harmony” guitar. He learned chords and songs from the radio and soon was “cutting his chops” in a succession of rock and blues bands, playing 4 or 5 nights a week even though he was still in school. In his “spare” time he was also studying folk music and working in a variety of recording studios across the Midwest. His first solo release “Just Bein’ Natural” with Union Street Productions was a folk guitar/vocal album. He toured in support of this album until he went to college. During his undergraduate work in music composition with internationally known composer Alf Houkum, he also studied jazz, world music, arranging, and more. Many of his big-band jazz compositions have been performed by several world-class bands. After his undergraduate training, Jim did graduate work at the University of Iowa with Dr. Richard Hervig and Dr. Tom Davis, among others. His jazz and blues training were clearly evident on a recording he did for Matthias Winckelmann of Enja Records which was a very popular release in Europe for many years. In 1986 he and Catherine formed Heart Consort Music. In the intervening years, James has released 20 albums in a variety of styles, ranging from folk/acoustic to rock/fusion , jazz and world music, and more

Read more

Tags

Photos

Albums

Q.E.D.

Heart Consort Music
2009

buy

Similar

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.