- Gary W. Kennedy
(b July 30, 1950). Slovak double bass player and record producer. He studied formally at music school in Bratislava from the age of four. When he was 17 he emigrated to Germany and then studied double bass in Graz, Austria, and in Stuttgart, where he settled around 1971. Thereafter he worked professionally with, among others, Wild Bill Davison, Heinz Sauer, Joe Pass, Zbigniew Seifert, Lionel Hampton, Scott Hamilton, and Charly Antolini, and composed music for films. Around 1979 he took over Jazzpoint records. He formed the musicians’ cooperative IG Jazz Stuttgart, founded the festival Stuttgart Jazztage, and in the late 1970s was credited with discovering Bireli Lagrene, with whom he performed into the 1980s. Jankeje has led the small groups Mlada Musika and Heilbronner Swing All Stars, and he is a founding member of the group Happy Jazz Jokers. In the 1990s he worked with Benny Waters (recording in ...