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KIM RICHMOND is an active and versatile musician based in the Los Angeles area. His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. He has, however, been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry, both as a player and as a composer/arranger. His instruments are alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flutes. Kim has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, and Vinny Golia among others. His own Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra is a workshop for his writing, conducting and leading. His Ensemble (sextet) is a platform for more free-form expression and improvsation with the members playing and Kim's writing being the key factors.Kim is also a consummate educator. He was for 12 years an adjunct professor in the Jazz Studies department of University of Southern California (teaching combos, composition and saxophone), and does numerous jazz camps and clinics in the Spring and Summer of each year. He is on staff at many of the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps, and is involved in running the Northwoods Jazz Camp for grown-ups. He most recently was an instructor in the Jazz Department of California Institute of the Arts.
Whatever his mode of expression, be it instrumental performance, composition, arranging and conducting, KIM RICHMOND is striving to express a uniquely original voice, combining his extensive experience with the new sounds of our evolving musical world.
Kim is a Selmer artist and endorses all Selmer saxophones and other woodwinds. He is also a Vandoren artist, and he plays Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces. In spite of his busy schedule in the professional music world, KIM RICHMOND enjoys keeping in touch with the educational music field by serving as guest lecturer, conductor and guest soloist at college music festivals and workshops around the country. If you are interested in contacting Kim for any of these reasons, please send e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The sad news is the recent death of my jazz mentor, jazz alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano,
A NOTE ABOUT THE RECORDINGS Below:
Since many fans purchase CD selections and albums from iTunes and like download programs, they are not provided with the CD liner notes, personnel list, credits and inside graphics. Therefore I have decided to make these available. If you would like to access these, go to my CDs page.
This is the third recording from the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra. Titled "Artistry," it is a Tribute to jazz innovator Stan Kenton. This CD was nominated for a GRAMMY (in the Arranging category) in 2014. The recording features 3 Kenton titles, several originals and several standards. Special guest was flutist Hubert Laws. The release date, by Summit Records on their MAMA label, was May 14, 2013. You can order from this location through PayPal.
|This is the first live performance recording of the 6-piece Kim Richmond Ensemble. It represents a sampling of the group’s improvisational work with a mixture of originals and standards. On trumpet is improvisational virtuoso (and excellent composer/arranger) John Daversa. The inventive Joey Sellers returns to the group on trombone. Multi-talented Kristin Korb (you should hear her sing!) is on bass, and powerhouse Erik Klass on drums. The piano chores are shared by long-time pianist with the group Rich Eames and the young and up-coming jazz talent Brian Friedland.|
This is the third recording of the KIM RICHMOND/CLAY JENKINS ENSEMBLE, titled "CrossWeave."
It was recorded in New York with Rich Perry (tenor), Harold Danko (piano), Jeff Campbell (bass), and Rich Thompson (drs).
The big news is that this album has rendered a Grammy nomination. Kim has been nominated for Composition for a Large Ensemble for the second selection, "Precious Promises," which he considers the centerpiece of the recording.
This is the CD for the FREE (almost: $1) DOWNLOAD. Click the link below to go to CDs page.
|This first SOLO recording (as opposed to Ensemble) by KIM RICHMOND, "Ballads" is a jazz collection of 17 tracks (not all slow)--16 standards that are some of Kim's favorites, and 1 original, on the Chase Music Group label. It features Reggie Thomas (brilliant pianist from St. Louis), bassist Trey Henry and drummer Joe La Barbera. Added on some tracks are Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Bill Perkins and Vinny Golia or Bob Carr (baritone saxophones), and Brad Dutz (percussion).|
|The second CD of the KIM RICHMOND/CLAY JENKINS ENSEMBLE, "Look At The Time," on the Chase Music Group label, features Bill Perkins, tenor and bari saxes; Dave Scott, piano; Trey Henry, bass; and Joe LaBarbera, drums|
The first CD of the KIM RICHMOND/CLAY JENKINS ENSEMBLE, titled
"Range", co-led with trumpeter and tour partner Clay
Jenkins, was released on Nine Winds during Summer of 1995. The other
members of the Ensemble are Joey Sellers, trombone; Dave Scott, piano; Trey
Henry, bass; Joe LaBarbera, drums|
|Released on Sea Breeze Records in February 1993 was the first CD, titled "Passages", of the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, a 23-piece showcase for Kim's writing and soloing abilities. The Orchestra is characterized by symphonic colors and textures over a free swinging (and sometimes free-form) jazz base|
The improvisational Kim Richmond Ensemble is showcased
on the critically acclaimed Nine Winds Records/USA Music album release "Looking
In Looking Out. The other members of the Ensemble are Mike Fahn, valve
trombone; John Gross, tenor saxophone/flute; Tad Weed, piano; Ken Filiano,
bass; Billy Mintz, drums
Although all five CDs are sold in retail stores, you may more immediately acquire these albums by contacting Kim via e-mail at JAZZKIM@kimrichmond.com
Kim Richmond has composed new works for the concert stage, including major new Jazz pieces, commissioned by various school music departments. Most of these compositions are in the published series of Walrus Music Publishers, PO Box 1910, Pismo Beach, CA 93448-1910; telephone: (805) 489-2055; fax: (805) 489.2079 and are available to schools and music retail outlets.
|Kim Richmond's long-sought and well-known arrangement of
"Love Walked In"
is now available from Sierra Music. It can be ordered on the Sierra website,
by mail at P.O. Box 37, Liberty Lake, WA 99019 or by
telephone: (800) 255-6551, 1 (509) 255-6179 (fax)
This is based on the Disney tune of a similar name but is a driving up-tempo jazz chart. Featuring some collective improvisational moments in the head, it also has some simultaneous soloing by two players in the solo section. The melodic paraphrase and alterations are surprisingly delightful, and soloists are supported well.
Intermediate - advanced
Motion to Adjourn
This is a medium swing ensemble chart that starts light and soft with a jaunty theme passed around the sections. This is contrasted with a “chorale” section, still in time, before returning to the “jaunty-ness.” After the solo section the ensemble passages are quirky and interestingly engaging, drawing on all the previous thematic material.
Intermediate - advanced
This composition is a trumpet feature written for jazz stylist Steve Huffsteter. Its tempo is medium-slow swing with soloist playing the tuneful melody. Solo section is double-time swing with plenty of room to improvise. Ensemble shout chorus follows back in original time feel. Solo cadenza on the end.
All pieces published and copyrighted by Mini-Tiger Music (ASCAP) To find out about recordings, descriptions and prices of these works, contact Kim via e-mail at email@example.com
Each year Kim Richmond and Clay Jenkins (presently professor of jazz trumpet at Eastman School of Music) travel to a different part of the country on a "jazz tour." Besides performing in jazz clubs and doing concert venues, Kim and Clay work with school jazz programs (universities, colleges and high schools), holding workshop/clinics in jazz improvisation, composition, music business, jazz history and listening skills; and coaching and performing with campus stage bands. Their work has been very effective, and response from those music departments has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Please inquire about their upcoming tours. firstname.lastname@example.org
When applied for by schools, Kim and Clay's sponsoring instrument companies (Conn-Selmer/Vandoren and Edwards trumpets) will sometimes help out financially.
Photo by Lynda Durant