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Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy is a Hammond organist and pianist born and raised in the American South who is now proud to be a part of the Hammond organ’s resurgence in the San Francisco area. His first foray into music in the bay area was in 1988, playing piano in the Stanford University Jazz Band and studying jazz piano with the great jazz pianist, band director, and educator Bill Bell.

Robert was a founding member of the groups Hip Pocket Jazz Quintet and Double Funk Crunch, and has had the pleasure of playing venues such as Yoshi’s, the Boom Boom Room, Doc’s Lab, the Agenda Lounge (back in the day), and the SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium, and has shared stages with renowned players such as Nancy Wright, Calvin Keys, Will Weston, Terrence Brewer, Mason Razavi, and many more, playing jazz, blues, R&B, and rock and roll.

His new album, Closer to Home, features tunes by ten different composers and takes a step toward the jazz Hammond organ’s traditional home territory: hard bop, soul jazz, blues, and gospel. It also includes modern numbers that nod to the style of his 2015 all-original debut release, Big Shoes.

Among his many inspirations Robert counts the playing of Jack McDuff, Billy Childs, Larry Goldings, Herbie Hancock, and Tony Monaco.