Reid Kennedy is a jazz drummer working in the Twin Cities scene. A native of Winona, Minnesota, Kennedy received invaluable inspiration and musical guidance from Dr. Rich MacDonald, a gifted educator and
jazz enthusiast with roots at the University of North Texas. As a result of MacDonaldís mentorship, Kennedy moved to Minneapolis in 2002 to study with Fernando Meza at the University of Minnesota. In addition to Mezaís orchestral instruction, Kennedy prospered under
the tutelage of Phil Hey and Steve Yeager, two prominent members of the Twin Cities jazz community.
Kennedy has performed at many of the Twin Citiesí foremost jazz venues including The Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant, The Artistsí Quarter, The Acadia Music Cafť, Red Ginger Asian Bistro, The Wabasha Caves, and the former Brilliant Corners. He has also joined forces
with some of the Twin Citiesí most recognizable names in jazz including Phil Aaron, Eric Graham, Dave Hagedorn, Phil Hey, Tom Lewis, Chris Lomheim, Pete Whitman, and Steve Yeager.
In November of 2004, Kennedy was invited to perform as a guest percussionist with the Minnesota Chamber Music Society under the direction of Gunther Schuller. The program included a performance of Schullerís Conversation For Jazz Quartet and String Quartet, a third- stream composition originally scored for the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1959. In May of 2005, Kennedy accepted the invitation to collaborate with Joe Lovano at 3M Auditorium at the Minnesota History Center for
a performance entitled, Celebrating Sinatra. The concert featured songs of Frank Sinatra arranged for Mr. Lovano and accompanied by string quintet, woodwinds, piano, bass and drums. An encore performance of Iíll Remember April, featuring Lovano, Judi Silvano on
vocals, Mark Drehmann on bass, and Kennedy on drums brought the evening to a close.
After winning a national audition and securing the drumset position with the renowned Disney All-American College Band, Kennedy spent the Summer of 2005 in Los Angeles, California working with some of the
most respected studio and jazz musicians in the business. Through this experience, he shared the legendary Plaza Gardens stage with Rick Baptist, Shelly Berg, Wayne Bergeron, Bob Florence, Alex Iles,
Sal Lozano, Andy Martin, and Jiggs Whigham. While in L.A., Kennedy studied privately with Bernie Dresel, Peter Erskine, Jeff Hamilton, Steve Houghton, and Dave Weckl, all of whom provided inestimable guidance and insight.