Kent Kessler is an American jazz double-bassist, best known for his work in the Chicago jazz and avant garde music scene from the 1980s into the 2000s. Kessler grew up in Cape Cod and began playing trombone at age ten. He and his family moved to Chicago when he was 13, and a few years later Kessler became intensely interested in jazz. He dropped out of high school and began taking lessons in electric bass and jazz theory in the middle of the 1970s. In 1977 he formed the ensemble Neutrino Orchestra with percussionist Michael Zerang and guitarists Dan Scanlan and Norbert Funk.