You may not be familiar with Kenn Smith’s name, but you’re probably familiar with his music. He’s shared his guitar and bass talents with legendary artists such as, Tower of Power, Wynton Marsalis, the Chi-Lites, Darryl Jones (bassist for the Rolling Stones), R. Kelly, Stanley Turrentine, Najee, Art Porter, and Valerie Wellington.
In order to keep up with such diverse musicians, Smith has become somewhat of a chameleon. No musical genre his beyond his grasp. Smith credits his broad musical tastes to his family. His mother listened to everything from Little Richard to The Beatles and he learned the intricacies of gospel music by attending church with his grandmother.
But his biggest musical influence was probably his father. The elder Smith was an avid jazz fan and a “happenin’ cat” in the Windy City from the 50’s through the 70’s.
“When guys like Miles Davis and Kenny Burrell recognize your father, you sort of have some big shoes to fill,” said Smith.
After many years of hard work, practice, and determination Smith may have finally filled those shoes. To date, Smith has releases five albums – Blue, Two, Short Stories, Samples, and If I Remember. As a solo artist, composer, instrumentalist, his music and impeccable technique are consistently described as a “soulful, organic experience.” His style crosses many musical boundaries from classical to jazz and funk to progressive rock and world music.
His latest release Vintage Me is available at CD Baby.