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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: The Sean J. Kennedy Quartet / Educator
  • Country: United States

Sean J. Kennedy is a multi-faceted musician, equally accomplished on the stage, in the recording studio, and in the classroom. The Sean J. Kennedy Quartet has released two critically acclaimed CDs: Road to Wailea, and Queen Anne's Revenge (featuring Bob Mintzer and Liberty DeVitto). Due to the success of these recordings the quartet was invited to open for Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck stated that Sean’s drumming, “… sounds like it should-- it swings!”

Working as a freelance drumset and percussion artist, Sean has made several appearances on NBC television and ABC’s Good Morning America live from Times Square in New York City. He has been the principal drumset player with The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale since 2005, and can be heard on their CD Celebrate the Sounds of the Season, and is featured on the group’s new DVD, Sing Choirs of Angels.

Kennedy has also appeared on Broadway, at the Beacon Street Theater, with Tommy Tallarico and the Video Games Live Orchestra, and on some of the nation’s most prestigious stages including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C, Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, in New York City, The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, The Electric Factory, World Café Live, The Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Disneyland. Since June 2011 one of Sean's groups, The KAV Trio, has been the official band of The Philadelphia Phillies pre-game show "Behind the Pinstripes" with Scott Palmer, with frequent performances at Citizen's Bank Park and on Phillies.com.

As a sought-after composer, Sean has also been commissioned on several occasions to create regional and state-level audition pieces, and has taught elementary through university-level music students through-out the United States.

Further, Kennedy has written two drumset method books with rock drumming legend Liberty DeVitto, entitled Rock Solid – Drums and I Used to Play Drums: An Innovative Method for Adults Returning to Play. Additionally, he has written a brand-new book on jazz improvisation with famed saxophonist Richie Cannata, which has an anticipated summer release in 2013.

Kennedy has a B.S. in Music Education and an M.M. in Percussion Performance from West Chester University and is an artist endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Casio Keyboards and Evans Drumheads.

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