ABOUT WILL KENNEDY
If you have met Will Kennedy or if you have seen him perform, you understand that inspiration and Will Kennedy are inseparable, if not synonymous. Whether it is during his many years as a member of Yellowjackets or one of the many artists he has recorded and toured with, Will has always been credited for being the inspirational drive in the music. His musicality and finesse are legendary amongst the "who's who" of the music, drumming world and beyond.
Award winning talk shows for Television, House Band for Grammy Telecasts, Movie Soundtracks, Recording Sessions are some of the music and production opportunities that Will participates. Performances with Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Snarky Puppy, Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, George Benson, Lee Ritenour are a few of the wide range of artists that have requested the musical talents of Will Kennedy. Giving back to young, up and coming musicians is a high priority for Will.
He has conducted drum clinics worldwide and has contributed educational videos to the Internet as well as now handling the drum instruction responsibilities at University Of Southern California, Pop Division under Department Chair, Patrice Rushen. Will endorses some of the finest equipment manufacturers including D'Addario Products- Evans Drumheads, ProMark Sticks, and also Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals.
Throughout his school years, Will played percussion and began private lessons with teacher and motivator, Bill Nawrocki. Will also studied music in junior college under professor Bill Bell, who was not only a Mentor to Will but became a second father and ultimately Bill Bell invited Will to perform with him around the San Francisco Bay Area. Will quickly became a fixture in the San Francisco, Bay Area scene and then was introduced to legendary Steel Pan Virtuoso, Andy Narell who Will later recorded and toured Europe with at age 19. More time in the studio helped Will recognized his fascination for composing which lead him to Pure Delite Music, a publishing company with long time partners Claytoven and Larry Batiste. Pure Delite Music went on to contribute songs to various R&B artists. In 1988 Will auditioned for Yellowjackets. "I was a long time fan of the group and knew this was something I just had to do." Fourteen Yellowjackets recordings with two Grammy Awards speak for themselves. Will Kennedy, a musician striving to push the boundaries in music; desiring to learn, grow, be inspired yet be an inspiration!