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Phil Kent comes from Cheltenham, which is in Gloucestershire UK. He became interested in jazz in the early ‘60’s after having seen both the Dudley Moore and Roy Budd trios. He moved up to London where he studied jazz music and improvisation, with eminent jazz virtuoso bass player Peter Ind. After two years, he decided to go professional, and then went on to play with most of Britain’s top jazz musicians, including saxophonist Tubby Hayes, clarinetists Acker Bilk, and Sandy Brown and pianist Brian Lemon and drummer Phil Seaman.
He was, for many years, the regular bass player with the popular Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen. His main early influences were bassist Pete McGurk, Ron Mathewson, and latterly the superb American session bass player Brian Bromberg.
Having toured all over Europe for almost 15 years, Phil decided to slow things down a bit, so he bought a cottage in a small village in Somerset. These days, he is still very much involved with music by running a fan club for Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones, as a result of which he is mentioned in several books about The Rolling Stones. He also runs several jazz websites such as, www.dudleymoore.co.uk and www.horstjankowski.co.uk. He still plays double bass, and is now concentrating mainly on solo acoustic double bass, and multi-tracking, as well as presenting his regular “Sounds Like Jazz” radio programme at the nearby Studios in Somerset U.K.
Phil Kent on bass with Bob Wallis. Phil Kent – Jazz Radio Programme.
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