Kenneth LaMont Smith (born April 27, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) a touring & session bassist, guitarist, later composer, recording artist for his own label Kenn Smith Music. He developed his musical skills as a freelance guitarist and bassist while performing on Chicago's jazz, blues and rock music scene. His professional career as a sideman started while working as a guitarist with the Chicago Cotton Club Monday Night Open Mic band. Sharing the stage with many future greats Bernie Mac, R. Kelly and many others who got their start there. It was also where he later formed his first jazz trio and open for jazz greats Shirley Horn, Stanley Turrentine, Freddie Cole (brother of Nat King Cole), Najee, Art Porter. As a jazz side man he played with jazz greats Jodie Christian, Guy Fricano, Johnny Frigo, Najee and many others.1992, he was asked to tour as a guitarist with the famed R&B group the Chi-Lites, and did so until 1994. He then went on to tour and perform with many other great performers in various styles of music as a guitarist or bassist.
As a recording artist for his own label Kenn Smith Music, he has written, produced and performed on all instruments five (5) releases. (1997) BLUE, (2002) TWO, (2002) Short Stories, (2011) Samples and "If I Remember" (2012). All are available for download at CD Baby, iTunes and other online music sites. To this day his reputation continues to grow and is recognize as one of the best guitarist and bassist in the world. Admired by many for his eclectic versatility as a musician and composer in all areas of music but most notably jazz, jazz fusion, classical, ambient music, rock and world music.
As an author and journalist he has written an instruction book for electric bass and numerous articles for online magazines such as Mel Bay Bass Sessions, Bass Musician Magazine and other online publication.
Currently the owner and operator of Kenn Smith Music.
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