I hired the Kent Anderson Collective for a family party and it could not have been a better choice. He was accomodating and very communicative to make sure we were on the same page for the event. The event was outdoors for a group of about 25 and the band was perfect as high-quality and fun background music. The players were all quite talented and a joy to have. Would highly recommend!
Individually and collectively we have performed jazz, blues, rock, soul, funk, pop, show tunes and just about every style of music from coast to coast and around the world. Featured on electric and double bass - Kent Anderson, has been in involved in nearly every facet of music; as record executive, producer, educator and musician. A graduate with a performance degree on Double Bass, he has served as a member of big bands & orchestras, a regional rock band, a jazz fusion band in Minneapolis and pit orchestras for numerous American and National touring companies. For 17 years Frankie Donaldson toured the world as the drummer for Ramsey Lewis and has mentored many well-known jazz musicians throughout his career. Keyboardist Bill Giardini has performed in blues and rock bands, trios, show bands and has opened shows for Albert King, Buddy Miles and Willie Dixon.
In addition to the three core members of The Collective, the group enlists the assistance of additional talented musicians appropriate for a particular situation, setting or request. For example, should you request a vocalist, we can provide you with a professional male or female singer. To augment the group, when in town and not out on tour, our longtime friend and guitarists extraordinaire – Gerey Johnson provides additional funk and soul. Gerey's credits include: Boney James, Marcus Miller, Brian Culbertson, Steve Cole, Richard Elliott to name a few. And when the addition of a saxophone is appropriate, the group adds any one of the top tenor saxophone players in Chicago to The Collective.
We believe the music we will provide will be ideal and just what you are looking for your wedding reception. A typical set list spans the gamut of numerous genres, generations and styles including Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Blues and R&B. The songs we perform include many well-known classic tunes covering such diverse artists as: Grover Washington, Jr., David Sanborn, George Benson, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Peggy Lee, Amy Winehouse, Ray Charles and Ramsey Lewis. You can access our bios and new music on our website. We are cognizant at all times of the audience and musical vibe that we create to add a classic exclamation point to your wedding, anniversary, birthday party or corporate event. We deliver the perfect blend of your favorite music, incorporating professional musicianship and stage presence into a dynamic and engaging performance. Your audience and guests will find our music familiar and entertaining the entire evening.
The KENT ANDERSON COLLECTIVE specializes in providing dazzling performances of your favorite Jazz / Smooth Jazz / Swing / Latin / Motown and R&B music and is adaptable to any situation. Whether the event calls for background or foreground music, this is the group to hire.
We're always willing to chat on the phone or meet to discuss specific requests and answer any questions you may have.