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About Kim Garey

Kim Garey is an accomplished percussion and jazz performer and the current drummer with Jazz pianist, Junior Mance. She has a strong background in directing ensembles, teaching private lessons, and instructing theory.

A graduate of Wichita State University, she studied with Dr. JC Combs, Prof. Tom Fowler, and Dr. Walter Mays. She received her B.M. in Percussion Performance and Music Composition, and her M.M. in Music Composition. Serving as GTA for the Jazz Department, she assistant directed Jazz Arts II and directed, composed, and arranged for WSU's Steel Drum Orchestra and Salsa Band.

Directly after graduating, Kim moved to New York City and has made my living as a Jazz drumset performer. She has continued her studies with renowned jazz drumset artists Matt Wilson, John Riley, and Steve Houghton. Most recent are her tours with Junior Mance (www.juniormance.com); a legendary jazz pianist, and faculty at New School University, who spent his formative years touring with Dizzy Gillespie, Dinah Washington, and "Cannonball" Adderley. This ensemble was featured at the JEN conference in New Orleans this past January ‘11, and other notable festival performances include the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Las Cruces Jazz Festival, and the Blue Room in Kansas City. Many notable NYC performances include The Kitano and former Sweet Rhythm. This coming year, Kim will be performing with Junior in Chicago, Washington DC's Smithsonian, and Osaka, Japan's Jazz Festival. Our latest album “Letter from Home” can be purchased on Amazon and is currently being played on Newark’s WBGO Jazz station.

Other notable jazz artists with whom Kim has performed with in NYC include Don Braden, director of jazz studies at Montclair State University and Tim Price, adjunct faculty of New School University, jazz saxophonist, and educator.

Kim Garey joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 22, 2012