- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Naharia, Israel, April 20, 1970). Israeli double bass player. He played piano from the age of nine and began formal lessons when he was 11. At the age of 14 he moved with his family to St. Louis, where he became interested in jazz, and a year later he took up electric bass guitar after hearing recordings by Jaco Pastorius. In 1986 he and his family returned to Israel, and in Jerusalem he attended a music and arts high school; however, in 1987 he left to pursue a career as a musician. He then played rock in an Israeli army band, and after his military service he took up double bass. In 1992 he moved to New York, where he studied briefly with Andy Gonzalez and worked with Brad Mehldau in a trio alongside Adam Cruz; Jorge Rossy replaced Cruz for a tour of Spain. Cohen was also active as a freelance with, among others, Paquito D’Rivera, Leon Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and Roy Hargrove, and he often performed at Small’s in a group consisting of Ravi Coltrane, Steve Wilson, the pianist Jason Lindner, and the drummer Jeff Ballard. In ...