Tom Kennedy (born August 21, 1960, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American double-bass and electric bass player.
Tom Kennedy is the son of a professional trumpet player. He began playing acoustic bass at the age of nine on a double-bass brought home by his older brother, jazz pianist Ray Kennedy. Soon he began to perform with many nationally recognized artists passing through the Midwest. By his 18th birthday, he had performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Stan Kenton, James Moody, Barney Kessel, Eddie Harris, George Russell, Nat Adderley, Peter Erskine, Bill Watrous and Freddie Hubbard, among others.
Kennedy specialized in acoustic jazz until his introduction to the electric bass at the age of 17. Soon he was dividing his time between mainstream jazz and progressive jazz fusion.
Kennedy relocated to New York City in 1984 and became involved in musical situations on both instruments. Tom's east coast career expanded to include performances and recordings with such artists as Dave Weckl, Don Grolnick, Steve Kahn, Randy Brecker, Benny Green, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Connors, Al Di Meola, Mike Stern, Steve Ferrone and Junior Cook.
Recordings as a leader
- 1996: Basses Loaded (TKM), solo debut
- 2002: Bassics (Victoria)
- 2012: Just for the Record (CD Baby)
- 2013: Just Play! (Capri)
- The Zone with Dave Weckl Band
- Perpetual Motion with Dave Weckl Band
- Live (and very plugged in) with Dave Weckl Band
- Multiplicity with Dave Weckl Band
- Rhythm of the Soul with Dave Weckl Band
- Synergy" with Dave Weckl Band
- Transition with Dave Weckl Band
- Double Up by Bill Connors
- Assembler by Bill Connors
- Hearts and Numbers by Don Grolnick
- I'll Remember April with brother Ray Kennedy
- The Infinite Desire by Al DiMeola
- Inertia by Derek Sherinian
- All Over The Place by Mike Stern
- Mike Stern Band: New Morning – The Paris Concert – DVD