Groove – Episode #79: Tom Kennedy
When I first started playing the 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 Adderly, 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 Weckl).
Enjoy the conversation…