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aydee 03-19-2008 02:27 PM

Will Kennedy
Looked him up.. couldnt find him.

The bedrock of legendary jazz band Yellowjackets, Larry Carlton and Herbie Hancock bands & many others, Will was my 1st exposure to a drummer who besides having power, dynamics, groove, chops, also has the very rare qualities of great sophistication & good taste.

Here's a sample:


Anyone know what he 's up to thesedays?

Bart Elliott 03-19-2008 04:20 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
I had a gig with him back in 2004 and was in touch with him for a bit after that but haven't corresponded with him since. I believe he's still living in LA, running his own production company, working on his own solo CD, plus giving a few clinics for Pearl (and other products he endorses) from time to time. He also stays busy as a father; he has a young son who should be about 5-6 years old now. I don't know much more than that ... sorry. I just checked and noticed that his website (www.willkennedy.com) is down; don't know what's up with that.

Deathmetalconga 03-19-2008 06:13 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
I've always liked his stuff. I also like that he plays open-handed.

aydee 04-29-2008 05:47 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
A great Yellowjacket tune.. and a burning performance by Will ( on steroids? )........


Bernhard 04-29-2008 06:07 PM

Re: Will Kennedy

Originally Posted by aydee (Post 420745)

Anyone know what he 's up to thesedays?

Was nice to meet at the NAMM Show - everything's fine, full of projects...



aydee 04-29-2008 06:10 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
Thanks B, would be nice to know what he's putting out thesedays. Think his website is down.

cantstandyourfunk 12-31-2008 12:19 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
Will is a very senstive musician. Run For Your Life remains a favourite record. Would love to hear new stuff from him sometime.

thiscocks 05-21-2009 12:44 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
Awesome drummer. First heard his drumming on the Ray Obeido album 'Iguana' which has some really nice jazz/funk stuff on. Also great drumming on there from Paul Van Wanigen and David Garibaldi.

DrumEatDrum 05-24-2009 07:12 PM

Re: Will Kennedy
I saw him at a clinic in, late 80's/early 90's.

He was so smoking I thought the drums were going to burst into flames. The man can play! I'm sort of surprised he's not more well known.

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