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
Cnet Download.Com Contemporary Jazz Featured Artist, Illinois-based
axeman Kenn Smith, who has played with the likes of Wynton Marsalis and
Stanley Jordan, summons an effortlessly cool sound from both bass and
guitar. His agile, arcing riffs suggest influences ranging from Scofield to
Santana, and his jazz- fusion stylings are as soulful as they are slick.
—Download.com Editor's Review
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
South Holland, IL
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
12pm to 7pm. $60 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
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