Tom Kennedy is this month’s conversation on Groove – The No Treble Podcast.
You can listen the new episode right here: Groove – The No Treble Podcast – Episode #79 – Tom Kennedy.
Who is Tom Kennedy?
When I first started playing the electric bass in my early teens, the drumming of Dave Weckl always amazed and inspired me. When I think of Weckl, I often think of John Patitucci… and I always think of Tom Kennedy. In 1998, Tom became an integral part of Modern Drummer hall of famer, Dave Weckl’s band, a group he toured, composed and recorded with for over nine years. Tom and Dave have continued to perform and record together on various projects for other artists, including Mike Stern, Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour. Tom is an accomplished touring and studio musician who ranks as one of the top acoustic and electric bass players in the world. His credits include performances and recordings with both mainstream legends and leading contemporary players. He started playing the acoustic bass at age nine (not a typo) and added the electric bass to his arsenal at seventeen years of age. When he was hardly a teen, he was already performing with players like Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, Nat Adderley, and many more. Tom has also performed and recorded with artists like Simon Phillips, Steve Gadd, Frank Gambale, Steve Lukather, David Sanborn, and fusion band, Planet X. He has released over five solo albums, including his latest, Stories (that features Dave Weckl). Enjoy the conversation…
What is Groove – The No Treble Podcast?
This is an ambitious effort. This will be a fascinating conversation. Our goal at Groove is to build the largest oral history of bass players. Why Groove? Most of the content about the bass revolves around gear, playing techniques, and more technical chatter. For us, bassists are creative artists with stories to tell. They are a force to be reckon with. These are the stories and conversation that we will capture. To create this oral history of why these artists chose the bass, what their creative lives are like, and where inspiration can be found.
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