Jazz bassist Tom Kennedy was only 11-years-old when he first appeared on local television, playing the acoustic bass live with his brother's trio. But it's not the experience of being on television Tom clearly recalls from that day; it's the moment when he looked up and saw Dizzy Gillespie walk into the studio, horn in hand, ready to join in.
When you're 11 and playing alongside your idol Dizzy, can a successful jazz career be far behind?
That jam counts as just one memorable marker in a musical journey that would establish Tom Kennedy as one of the most sought-after bass doublers on the jazz scene today.
A master on both acoustic and electric bass, Tom is a busy touring and studio musician known for his acrobatic, horn-like solos and pure, emotive interpretation. Whether playing straight-ahead jazz or fusion, Tom ranks as one of the top jazz bassists in the world with credits that include performances and recordings with James Moody, Freddie Hubbard, David Sanborn, Stan Kenton, Patti Austin, Maureen McGovern, Rosemary Clooney, Ellis Marsalis, Vinnie Colaiuta and Lee Ritenour, to name a few.
As an integral part of Modern Drummer hall-of-famer Dave Weckl's band, with whom he composes, records and tours, Tom's work is recognized internationally. LA Weekly writes that his playing is nothing short of inspiring and Downbeat Magazine calls him a true virtuoso.