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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. 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 was produced by George Duke.

Ken also became a very active studio musician starting in 1976, working in TV, film, and records. That active schedule continues today. He was also a member of Natalie Cole's touring band 2002 - 2004.



Records: 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.
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
Television: The Simpsons, Star Trek Voyager, King of the Hill, Futurama, Annie, Cinderella, Gepetto, Chicago Hope, Boston Legal, Related
Live Performances: Member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, 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


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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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