Kent Anderson is a professional bassist who also embarked on a successful career as a ‘record executive’ in the Music Business more than 20+ years ago.
Beginning at an early age, Kent studied piano and trumpet. While playing in a horn band while in junior high, Anderson first took up the electric bass out of necessity, as it was difficult to find a guy that could read. While attending Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, Anderson played bass in the jazz band, was the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was the bassist in a successful regional rock band (Ecstasy). Anderson then attended the University of Northern Iowa playing in the #1 Jazz Band and in Water Babies – an acoustic septet. Both the big band and small group won numerous collegiate festivals throughout the country including the Notre Dame and Elmhurst Jazz Festivals. While at UNI, Kent played in the orchestra and was the principal bassist in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. In his senior year Anderson transferred to the University of Iowa to study with the late great Dr. Eldon Obrecht, and had the opportunity to play in the preeminent big band at the university – The Johnson County Landmark. The big band won the Notre Dame Jazz Festival and was selected as the US representative to compete in the International Tulip Festival in Amsterdam, where they were awarded first place.
Anderson graduated with a Performance Degree in Double Bass from the University of Northern Iowa moving first to Minneapolis to play in a jazz-fusion group. He then spent several years playing in touring big bands and pit orchestras for numerous American and National touring companies. The discography of Broadway musicals included such productions as: A Chorus Line, Hello Dolly, Sugar Babies, Anything Goes, Annie and Weekend in LA with George Benson and many others. Anderson then became the MD for the R&B septet Uptown Funktion featuring Carrie McDowell. He then transitioned into the music industry, first managing a series of record stores for the nation’s largest music retailer – Trans World Music Corp. He initially manage a store in Moline, IL, then Record Town at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, IL. He was promoted to the #1 store in the chain in Short Hills, NJ. While there he was introduced to Larry Rosen and was offered and accepted a gig out of Chicago as the Regional Sales Manager for GRP Records. After a five-year stint, Anderson returned to New York as the head of sales for the label. He has also held positions at N2K, Virgin Records and A440 Music Group. In 2004 Anderson founded C Sharp Consulting, where he acts in the capacity of artist manager and serves as a consultant to music tech companies.
Anderson is a voting member of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy [Grammy’s], an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College, a member of the Music Business Association [formerly NARM], and an Eagle Boy Scout.
The members’ of the original rock band – Ecstasy reunite for the Winter Music Festival in Des Moines each February where they rekindle their rock and roll spirit to packed houses. Anderson resides in Chicago, plays in a few small groups including fronting his own trio with Bill Giardini (keys) and Frank Donaldson (formerly with Ramsey Lewis on drums) and continues to enjoy practicing and playing gigs on both his upright and electric basses.