Kenn Smith

Kenn Smith


WITH HIS GROUP OR IN HIS SOLO PERFORMANCS Kenn plays a funky cool mixture of classic Groove Jazz and old school Funk covers and originals from his latest CD "Short Stories. His music, live performances and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience".


Solo Performer
Professional Touring & Session Bassist, Guitarist
Producer, Composer, Clinician, Instructor and Published Author

Kenn Smith has shared the stage with many great artists such as: Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis and members of the Miles Davis Band. Born and raised in Chicago, he honed his musical skills as a freelance guitarist and bassist on Chicago's music scene. From theater and nightclubs to studio sessions and tours he quickly earned the reputation as one of the best in his field. As a solo artist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience". He has written and performed various styles. From Classical to Jazz, Funk to Progressive Rock and World Music. As of 2006 Kenn has written a instructional book for electric bass titled "Funk Licks" and is also a freelance writer for online bass webzines "Mel Bay Bass Session and his own "BassTalk".
His solo bass CD "Short Stories" is also available for download at iTunes and other online music sites.

Performances Credits:

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 & Global
Listed in the Europe Jazz Network.


Releases as a Guitarist:
BLUE (1997)
TWO (2002)
Past (2007)

Releases as a Bassist:
Short Stories (2003) is available online at CD, Tower Records. CD is also available for download at ITunes, Comcast Rhapsody and many other online music sites.

Free downloads and streaming of Kenn's music is available at the following sites.

Set List

Details will be provided in contract rider.