From: IL, United States
Genre: Jazz, Ambient, Rock
Brilliant, passionate compositions with amazing instrumentation. Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Ambient. A gifted and versatile composer, guitarist and bassist who's music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a soulful, organic experience.
Over the years as a freelance musician, Kenn Smith has shared the stage with many great artists such as
Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis and members of the Miles Davis Band, Shirley Horn, Darryl Jones (bassist for Rolling Stones, Sting),
Born and raised in Chicago, he honed his musical skills as a freelance guitarist and bassist on Chicago's music scene and abroad. From theater, nightclubs to studio sessions and tours he quickly earned the reputation as one of the best freelancers in his field.
As a solo artist, composer, mulit- instrumentalist, his music, performance and impeccable technique are consistently described as a "soulful, organic experience". His style crosses all and many musical boundaries. Classical, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Progressive Rock, Ambient and World Music.
To date he has five (5) releases, (1997) BLUE, (2002) TWO, (2002) Short Stories, (2011) Samples and his new disc If I Remember (2012). All are available for download at CD Baby, iTunes and other online music sites.
Styles Performed as a Freelancer:
Classical, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Jazz (BeBop/Latin/Straight Ahead/Smooth/Fusion), Gospel, Blues, Rock (Classic/Progressive Rock/Alternative Rock/Metal/Neo Classical), Ambient, World, Afro-Cuban, Pop, Top 40 :
The Chicago Sinfonietta, Chi-Lites, Blues Great Valerie Wellington, Darryl Jones (Bassist for Rolling Stones), R. Kelly, Najee, Bernie Mac, Stanley Jordan, Leni Stern, Soul Vitaminz, Peter Z, Johnny Frigo, Art Porter, Jodie Christian,
Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wynton Marsalis.....and many more...
Other Credits: Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Feature in Bass Player Magazine, Bass Inside.com & Global Bass.com. Listed in the Europe Jazz Network.