Rusty Kennedy is a Los Angeles based bassist, educator, arranger, conductor, and composer. He holds a BA in jazz bass performance from California Institute from the Arts. Well-versed in an array of different genres including jazz, progressive rock, blues, metal, Balkan, Brazilian, grindcore, West African, Salsa, funk, R & B, hip hop microtonal dance pop, and opera, Rusty is sought after for his extreme versatility and his individualized approach to every project. He has toured extensively around the US and has performed at festivals internationally. Just a small fraction of his many projects include Cryptic Gallbladder Splatter, Blackberry Tongues, Wax People, Brundlefly, Bubbeleh, The Baba Orchestra, Izela, Atomic Ape, Heart of Cyngus, Felix Martin, and THE INDUSTRY’S HOPSCOTCH.
Rusty has over 10 years of experience teaching and has spent much of that time leading elementary and middle school brass bands. He currently teaches, conducts, and arranges for Laby Harmony Project, where he leads the advanced orchestra and Latin jazz band. As an instructor, Rusty is beloved for his positive and optimistic approach and for his ability to truly connect with students.