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Kim Richmond

KIM RICHMOND is based in Los Angeles and works as a freelance musician, doing studio work, shows, and various jazz venues. He has an on-going composing career, having written underscore for many TV shows, chamber works, compositions for symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra. He has also been actively involved in writing for the musical stage.

His reputation is primarily as a doubling saxophonist (most often lead alto saxophone, doubling on flutes and clarinet). He is considered a jazz stylist and holds a position of high musical respect among his peers, both as a player and as a composer/arranger and leader.

Kim has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton (on the road and one album), Bob Florence (on 12 albums), Vinny Golia (2 albums), Clare Fischer (one album), Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, and many others.

The recording “Refractions,” featuring the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, a 23-piece showcase for Kim’s writing and soloing abilities, rendered a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Compositon. A new album by this same ensemble, being prepared now for early March 2013 release, is “Artistry,” which is a tribute to jazz icon Stan Kenton. This was recorded at Capitol Records in November.

A recent album, “Live at Café Metropol,” captures an exciting night of improvisation and ensemble of his current version of the sextet. Released before that was “CrossWeave,” co-led with trumpeter Clay Jenkins with a sextet also featuring tenor saxophonist Rich Perry and pianist Harold Danko. “Ballads” (on Chase Music Group label), released Summer 2001, is a collection of Kim’s favorite standards in a jazz setting featuring his own solo alto and soprano saxophone styles. Other recordings are “Looking In Looking Out.” “Passages by the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra and three more recordings co-led with trumpeter and tour partner Clay Jenkins: “Range,””Look At The Time” and “CrossWeave.”

In spite of his busy schedule in the professional music world, Kim enjoys keeping in touch with the educational music field by serving as guest lecturer, conductor and soloist (his primary Jazz voice is on alto saxophone) at college music festivals and workshops around the country, touring several times a year. For 10 years Kim was on the jazz faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) where he taught ensembles, composition and saxophone. For the past year he has taught at California Institute of the Arts. He is a Selmer artist, a Vandoren Woodwind Artist and a clinician/artist-in-residence at the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha,. He runs, with tour and ensemble colleague Clay Jenkins, the Northwoods Jazz Camp in northern Wisconsin. In Los Angeles, he was Music Director and conductor for the Los Angeles Music Center’s Spotlight Awards (spotlighting Southern California’s top student talent), for 11 years.

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.

Education degrees: University of Illinois Bachelor of Scinece, Music Educatin; Bachelor in Music Composition