The kennedy administration
"If fairness plays any part in quality music reaching the masses these days, then Kennedy Administration will reach new commercial heights with Ms. Kennedy giving the cream of modern soul vocalizing"
John Osborne, Jazz FM, U.K.
"The Kennedy Administration is a powerhouse group that leaves the audience standing and wanting more EVERY time they perform. They're simply incredible."
Neal Ludevig, Executive Director of Harlem Arts Festival
"This is the pulse of today's music - from the street to the dance floor to the souls of our youth"
Pete Fallico, KCSM - The Bay Area's Jazz Station
Live @ the Groove
A short video of our weekly performance
Heaven Only Knows
KA's arrangement of John Legend's tune
Drunk In Love - big band
A swing arrangement of a Beyonce tune
The Kennedy Administration jamming at the Groove
Sob's for Sol Village
February 16 at 8:00 PM, 204 Varrick St, New York, NY 10014
147 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
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With credits ranging from Stevie Wonder, Gregory Porter and Andra Day to Lauryn Hill and a roster of acclaimed "musician's musicians" in between, the Kennedy Administration's instrumental trio has seen, heard and played a lot of great music over the past few years.
The band has been refining their sound and irresistible stage presence for three years at their Groove residency in NYC. With this quartet's singular namesake at the microphone, Kennedy, you'll experience right away how hard it is not to be captured by her joy and energy. Forging a sound and identity for itself, the Kennedy Administration is creating sensory, soulful modern jazz with elements of R&B, hip-hop and pop judiciously applied. You will move to the rhythms of Nat Townsley and feel every vibe Ondre J plays when the funk, jazz and R&B sounds leave the keys.
Kennedy's joy and passion are contagious. This particular Kennedy Administration is ushering in a brand new "Great Society" of sweet music.
ABOUT KENNEDY, Lead Singer
Motor City native Kennedy made her way to New York not too long ago. She carved out a formidable body of work thanks to a vocal style that combines resemblances of significant influences like Ella Fitzgerald, Sade, Anita Baker, a dash of Luther Vandross, and a particular mix of playfulness and seductive poise. In a few short years since coming east, in one of the world's most competitive entertainment capitals, Kennedy has amassed gigs and collaborations with Lalah Hathaway, Christina Aguilera, Kenny Lattimore, Monifah and Cheryl Pepsi-Riley.
ABOUT ONDRE J, Keys
Ondre is a celebrated keyboardist, composer, recording artist and bandleader from the Czech Republic. He arrived in the city in 2010 aware of its reputation for swallowing up good musicians or sending them home with tails tucked. But he still had to go through the eye-opening reality of learning to live and thrive here. Six years and countless gigs later, Ondre J is leading a band, playing music with a congregation, picking up tours all over the world — and making his first appearance, courtesy of Grammy Award winning jazz singer Gregory Porter, on a recording for the venerable Blue Note jazz label. Porter's last album 'Take Me To The Alley' just won GRAMMY for the Best Jazz Vocal Album - and our band mate Ondre J was part of it - congrats!
ABOUT NAT TOWNSLEY, Drums
Playing drums in his father's church at the age of three was a natural progression that barely hinted at all this musical prodigy would accomplish. Nathaniel has traveled all over the world, playing a broad range of different genres of music. He utilized his unparalleled skills to record and tour with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Alejandro Sanz, Nile Rogers & Chic, The Zawinul Syndicate, Lalah Hathaway, Jessica Simpson and the Kiss FM Band-Karl Brown Smooth Improvisations, just to name a few. His keenness and sensitivity to music, people and the world around him, continually elevates him beyond being an extraordinary drummer. Truly, even in silence, Nathaniel’s unique touch can be heard through the legacy of his artistry!