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Mike Stern: Tipatina’s (Live, 2011)
Bass Videos

Mike Stern: Tipatina’s (Live, 2011)

Mike Stern and his band took the stage at Jazz à Vienne in 2011, along with guest Didier Lockwood on violin. Here they are performing “Tipatina’s,” which appeared on Stern’s 1999 album, Play. Bassist Tom Kennedy plays a fierce bass line throughout, with Dave Weckl on drums.

Points of View: An Interview With Tom Kennedy
Interviews

Points of View: An Interview With Tom Kennedy

With decades of playing with some of the world’s top musicians under his belt, Tom Kennedy has seen a lot. Starting with jazz greats when he was just a teenager, the master bassist has seen the world from the stage and the studio. That’s only part of why his new album, Points of View, is so aptly titled. The release,...

Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album
New Albums

Lee Ritenour Teams With Two Bassists on Latest Album

Fourplay founding member Lee Ritenour’s guitar work is all over popular music — he’s played more than 3,000 sessions, with everyone from Pink Floyd to Dizzy Gillespie, earned a Grammy for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, and netted 17 more Grammy nominations besides. The jazz player’s latest album, A Twist of Rit, sees him join with an all-star band...

Mike Stern Band with Tom Kennedy: Wishing Well
Bass Videos

Mike Stern Band with Tom Kennedy: Wishing Well

I remember watching the Mike Stern Band’s when it came out, and while the entire concert is excellent, Stern’s “Wishing Well” really caught my attention. Stern is joined on this concert by bassist Tom Kennedy, saxophonist Bob Franceschini and drummer Dave Weckl. I was lucky to see this exact lineup in one of many of Stern’s shows at Blues Alley...

Mike Stern Band: “Chromazone” Live with Tom Kennedy
Bass Videos

Mike Stern Band: “Chromazone” Live with Tom Kennedy

Here’s a stellar performance of the Mike Stern Band in 2008 performing “Chromazone”, a song from Stern’s 1988 album, Time in Place. Tom Kennedy is laying down some serious bass, along with Dave Weckl on drums and Bob Franceschini on sax. This performance is from the . This one brings back some great memories… I saw this lineup of the...

Tom Kennedy Releases “Just Play!”
New Albums

Tom Kennedy Releases “Just Play!”

Tom Kennedy newest acoustic CD, Just Play is out today. Bringing together many of the people Kennedy has performed with over the years, the album has a truly all-star cast of musicians. The core band is Renee Rosnes, Dave Weckl and George Garzone along with guests Mike Stern, Tim Hagens, Lee Ritenour, John Allred and Steve Wirts. The CD’s nine...

A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”
Reviews

A Review of Mike Stern’s “All Over the Place”

Guitarist Mike Stern’s new record All Over the Place features a veritable smorgasbord of bass talent: Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Like a kid in the rhythm section candy shop, Stern audibly delights in playing with these guys. Further, the quality of Stern’s writing, the variety of grooves...

Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass
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Mike Stern Announces New Album with an All-Star Cast on Bass

Jazz guitar vet Mike Stern has a new album coming out on June 19, 2012, and bass fans have a lot to look forward to with this release. All Over the Place features eight different bassists on the 11-song release, including Esperanza Spalding, Richard Bona, Victor Wooten, Anthony Jackson, Dave Holland, Tom Kennedy, Will Lee and Victor Bailey. Stern recruited...

Tom Kennedy: Just for the Record
New Albums

Tom Kennedy: Just for the Record

Every once in a while, we miss an important release by a notable bassist. With Tom Kennedy’s latest release, we did just that. Released in October 2011, Kennedy’s Just For The Record is his third album as a leader and features a wide spectrum of music, from bop and Latin, to fusion and funk. Kennedy, who has performed with Tania...

Bass Videos

Tom Kennedy & the Dave Weckl Band: The Chicken

Check out Tom Kennedy taking care of business on “The Chicken”, a song most people think was written by Jaco Pastorius. (It was written by Pee Wee Ellis, a member of James Brown’s band, though Jaco made it famous). Holy smokes!

Bass Videos

Tom Kennedy: Paper Moon solo bass

Introduced as the “eighth wonder of the world on bass”, Tom Kennedy performs “Paper Moon” during the Sonny Costanzo Concert Series at Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, Connecticut. Tom performed with the his brother and pianist Ray Kennedy, Jeff Tillman on guitar (aka the Ray Kennedy Trio).

Concerts & Tours

Tom Kennedy and the Mike Stern Band

Over the weekend, I got the chance to catch the Mike Stern Band at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. The line-up included Stern on guitar, Tom Kennedy on bass, Bob Franceschini on sax, and Dave Weckl on drums, which is the same group appearing on the recently released New Morning: The Paris Concert DVD. Even Dennis Chambers was in the...