The KENT ANDERSON COLLECTIVE is a diverse music group comprised of exceptional musicians having a stellar reputation in the Chicago music scene.
Members of The Kent Anderson Collective have individually and collectively performed jazz, blues, rock, soul, funk, pop, show tunes and just about every style of music from coast to coast and around the world. The group consists of a core trio (keyboards, bass & drums) which is often augmented with the addition of guitar, saxophone, and / or vocals for quartet or quintet groups. This flexibility allows us to accommodate various budgets for your event.
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 degree in Performance on Double Bass, he has served as a member of several 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. Like Kent, Frank is also a respected Columbia College Adjunct Professor and educator. 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 Roosevelt University graduate – Kyle Madsen to The Collective.
The music we create is an amalgamation of our combined years of listening, creating, performing, marketing & promoting all styles of music. A typical set list spans the gamut of numerous genres, generations and styles. 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 / 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.