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Born in New York City NY in 1951. Member of a military family which traveled extensively in early years. Learned clarinet in grade school, switched to saxophone in high school. The family settled in Hawaii in 1965, where he began playing bass in a trio with Dave Wild around 1966. Attended the University of Hawaii 1970 – 1972, studying bass with Armand Russell, but left before graduating to go on the road with Seawind. Early professional experience with performers such as Sammy Davis Jr. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Barbara McNair and others.

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Founding member of the band Seawind in 1972. Opened for Herbie Hancock, Herbie Mann, George Benson and many others. Seawind moved to LA in 1976 and began recording for CTI records with noted drummer Harvey Mason as producer. Later records were released on A&M records; their last record for that label was produced by George Duke. Continued interest in the band's music led to the 1995 release of "Remember", combining songs from the CTI recordings with later, unissued recordings. 2009's "Reunion" features new material and adds vocalist Al Jarreau on several tracks.

Ken also became a very active studio musician starting in 1976, working in TV, film, and records. That active schedule continues today.



Recordings: Gloria Estefan, Doug Cameron, Buddy Greco, Bruce Lofgren Orchestra, Dave Wild, Barbara Streisand, Alan Zavedoff, Sheena Easton (with Patrice Rushen), Harvey Mason, Seawind, David Benoit, Tierney Sutton, Richard Carpenter, Wayne Bergeron, Clare Fischer Big Band (CD: "Pacific Jazz"), Chris Walden Big Band (CD: "Full On").

Movies: Scream II and III, Snow Day, The Tigger Movie, Men in Black, South Park, 24 Days, Lion King, Scorpion King, Ice Age, Jarhead, Sideways, Cheaper by the Dozen II, Dreamgirls, My Life in Idlewild, Zathura, Ted, Up in the Air, A Thousand Words.

Television: The Simpsons, Star Trek Voyager, King of the Hill, Futurama, Annie, Cinderella, Gepetto, Chicago Hope, Boston Legal, Related, Castle, American Dad, Family Guy. NOTE: The Simpsons debuted in 1989. Ken joined the orchestra (under composer Alf Clausen) early in 1990 and has continued to record for The Simpsons ever since. The Simpsons is the last regular Hollywood television series to feature music recorded by a live orchestra.

Live Performances: Member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (1992-2006), member of Natalie Cole's touring band (2002 - 2004). Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Freddie Hubbard, Diane Schurr, Patrice Rushen, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, James Moody, Gene Bertoncini, Herb Ellis, John Stowell, Tom Scott, Maureen McGovern, Bonnie Raitt, Patti Austin, Greg Hines, Hubert Laws, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Carol Welsman, Doug Cameron, Larry Goldings, Clare Fischer Big Band, Chris Walden Big Band, Ron Jones Influence orchestra (performances with Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane), Mike Garson, Neil Young (new cd to be released soon), clinic at UofMiami jazz dept., Peter Mazza, Anthony Wilson, Tim May, Peter Gallagher, Buddy Rich big band, Gay Men's Chorus of LA, Judy Wexler, Johnny Mathis,Andrea Bocelli, David Foster,Birth of the Cool retrospective.

Theater: Wicked, Book of Mormon, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Harmony (Barry Manilow), End of the Rainbow, Pippin, Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess,Rocky Horror Picture Show.


   Spaces with the Wild Brothers (Dave Wild) plus
          Rob Lockart, Larry Koonse and Ralph Humphrey at
         Vitello's Upstairs in Los Angeles 1/9/2013
   Your Love with Seawind
         Los Angeles 2014
   Morning (Una Manaña) with Clare Fischer Big Band conducted by Brent Fischer,
         Moacir Santos Festival, Recife, Brasil, 3/8/2013
   Full On with Chris Walden Big Band
         Los Angeles, 2014


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Jazz Clinic: Ken Wild shares his experience with members of the Highlighters as director Bob Medina watches. Temple High School, Temple TX, March 2005


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