ABOUT KENT HEWITT
Pianist/composer Kent Hewitt has been a mainstay of popular and jazz piano in Connecticut for many years. His album of original compositions: Little Town by the Sea- a tribute to his hometown- was released in 2005.
He has performed in concert with jazz legends Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell, Jon Hendricks, and many others. He has recorded for Playscape Records with Michael Musillami, Thomas Chapin, Randy Brecker, Ray Drummond, Steve Johns, Ralph Moore, and Claudio Roditi. He is featured on CD’s with guitarist/composer Janet Marlow and vocalist Phyllis Hyman.
Kent has been a teacher at Berklee College of Music, Trinity College, Hartford Conservatory, The Music School of the RI Philharmonic, and Summerkeys in Maine. He has released the CD: Words and Music in collaboration with poet laureate Marilyn Nelson and composed music for theatrical productions of Point of Land and The Duchess with playwright Melanie Greenhouse. Kent was the opening pianist at the Tropicana in Atlantic City and was house pianist at the famous New York jazz club, Jimmy Ryan’s. He has been performing with vocalist Pat Mitchell and Standard Time at the Steak Loft in Mystic, CT for the past 15 years.
Description: TIME ON MY HANDS CD
Pianist/composer Kent Hewitt lives in a maritime village in southeastern Connecticut, and performs throughout New England and New York. Kent Hewitt’s Time on my Hands album follows his tribute recording to his hometown, Little Town by the Sea, released in 2005. Kent is featured on Steinway piano in a jazz trio setting performing standards from the great American songbook. Here is a pleasing repertoire of swinging jazz classics, sentimental ballads, and lyrical Latin interpretations.
I have long anticipated the opportunity to record a unique collection of eloquent jazz standards with a jazz trio. This collaboration with drummer Matt Gordy and bassist Peter Kontrimas is a special privilege, much enhanced by the expertise of engineer/producer Norman Johnson. His studio, Manor Recordings, complemented with a beautiful antique Steinway piano is an ideal setting for recording. Featured in this album are great songs by some of my favorite composers: Vincent Youmans, Cole Porter, Johnny Mandel, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart, Herbie Hancock, Denny Zeitlin, Michel Legrand, and lyricists Johnny Mercer, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman. My experience as an accompanist to vocalist Pat Mitchell has given me a greater appreciation for lyrics and melodies of great American standards. This has inspired these instrumental interpretations and versions of poignant ballads: I Could Have Told You, Once Upon A Summertime, and Where Do You Start?