Pianist Kent Hewitt has been a mainstay of jazz and popular piano in Southern
New England for many years. A consummate soloist and accompanist,
he has been musical director for numerous popular Connecticut jazz clubs. Kent leads his own trio which features a “Tribute to the Great Pianists” of
the Golden Era of Jazz. His recent CD: Time on my Hands is a jazz trio recording of unique and elegant standards from great American and Brazilian composers.
He has recorded TV jingles for Don Elliott
Productions and also recorded for Playscape Records with Michael Mussilami, Randy Brecker, Ray Drummond, Claudio Roditi, Ralph
Moore, Thomas Chapin, as well as for Janet Marlow and Phyllis Hyman. He has performed in concert with jazz
legends Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Kenny Burrell, Chet Baker, Jackie McLean, Steve Rossi, Jon Hendricks, Cassandra Wilson, among
many others. See List .In 2005 Kent released a CD of his own compositions called Little Town by the Sea, a tribute to Noank, a maritime village in his hometown of Groton, CT. The CD was commissioned by the Noank Historical Society and the
Groton Tercentennial Committee for Groton’s 300th anniversary.
His original compositions were featured in the documentary film: Groton, Connecticut, Past, Present, and Future,
the first pianist to open at the famous Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City. He has been solo pianist at the Atrium Hotel in the World Trade Center, NYC and house
pianist at the noted New York jazz club- Jimmy Ryan’s and has toured Europe with Czech trumpeter Laco Deczi. He has collaborated with writer Melanie
Greenhouse and composed music for her popular theatrical productions: Point of Land and The Duchess.
He has also collaborated with Connecticut Poet Laureate Marilyn Nelson for the prestigious Sunken Gardens poetry festival
and recorded a CD: Poems to Music. He recently composed and performed music for a spoken word CD for the childrens’
book, The Ladder.
Additional highlights: Kent has performed in concert as an opening act for Ray Charles,
Roberta Flack, Cab Calloway, Diana Krall, Thelonious Monk, and Bill Evans. He performed with the famous Jimmy
Dorsey Orchestra at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach. Kent played at New York’s noted jazz club Birdland with
Giacomo Gates. He performed at the Clearwater Jazz Fesival with Shawnn Monteiro. He is a featured
jazz pianist with top R&B artist, Phyllis Hyman on her best- selling recording, Prime Of My Life.
His trio has been a headliner at Foxwoods Casino on numerous occasions.
Kent holds a music degree in Theory and Composition from the University of Connecticut, a business degree from Boston University,
and a holistic science degree from The American College of Nutripathy, Scottsdale, AZ. He has studied piano and theory with Ray Santisi, Charlie
Mariano, Hal Galper, Fred Hersch, Ron Brown, and Hale Smith. He has taught for Berklee College of Music,
Trinity College, The Hartford Conservatory,
The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic as well as Summerkeys in Maine. He also has been active as a
performer and clinician for the Hartford Jazz Society.