Kent Shores

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kent picked up the guitar at age 7, being inspired by Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and the Beatles. At age 15, Kent began to study jazz guitar under the tutelage of Bobby Cairns, a man who would change Kent’s view and understanding of music forever. Being inspired by Bobby Cairns’ passion for music, Kent attended the University of North Texas where he graduated... more

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kent picked up the guitar at age 7, being inspired by Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, and the Beatles. At age 15, Kent began to study jazz guitar under the tutelage of Bobby Cairns, a man who would change Kent’s view and understanding of music forever. Being inspired by Bobby Cairns’ passion for music, Kent attended the University of North Texas where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.

Upon arriving at North Texas, Kent has played in the 4 O’Clock Lab Band, Avenue C Vocal Ensemble, L5 guitar ensemble, UNT’s Latin Jazz band under the direction of Jose Aponte, Zebras ensemble (Steely Dan Tribute Band), a number of small groups, and the Bridge South Indian Ensemble under the direction of Poovalur Sriji.

Now based in Dallas/Fort Worth, Kent plays actively with multiple groups in the area. He is often performing with Ginny Mac, Jay Jay Douglas, and his own group, the Kent Shores Neat-tet.

Kent teaches at Matt Burk Music Studio in Frisco. If interested in lessons please visit their website www.wannalearnmusic.com

Kent is getting ready to release his debut CD entitled "Dreamer" which will be released November 21, 2014. The album features all original material fusing jazz with rock, fusion, hip-hop, gospel, and South Indian music influences.

Kent's group was featured in the Dallas Fusion Festival along with headliners Chuck Rainey, Funky Knuckles, and Mark Lettieri. He has also perfomed with Tedashii, Maulik "Gumbo" Smith, Greg Waits, John Stowell, Poovalur Sriji, and VVS Murari. In the summer of 2013, Kent was a guest clinician at a music camp held in Dharmasthala, India.

Kent has studied guitar with Bobby Cairns, Jim Head, Fred Hamilton, Dr. Glen Halls, Shelley Carrol, Scott Kruser, Rich McLure, Noel Johnston, and John Stowell. He has studied classical guitar with Carl Lotsberg and Karnatik music with Poovalur Sriji.

“A young talent whose skill level belies his age”

- Don Berner, SEE Magazine

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