KIM RICHMOND is based in Los Angeles and works as a freelance musician, doing studio work, shows, and various jazz and classical venues. 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 13 albums), Vinny Golia (2 albums), Clare Fischer (one album), Louis Bellson, Bill Holman, and many others.
Released in May 2013 is the Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra (a 23-piece showcase for Kim’s writing and soloing abilities) CD “Artistry” -a Tribute to Stan Kenton, which is getting much critical acclaim, and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement (the arrangement of “Invitation”). The recording “Refractions,” also by his Concert Jazz Orchestra, was released in Summer 2003. This album rendered a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition (the composition “Precious Promises”). A later CD was recorded with his 6-piece Ensemble, featuring trumpeter John Daversa and trombonist Joey Sellers, “Live at Cafe Metropol.” His previous album is “CrossWeave,” co-led with trumpeter Clay Jenkins with a sextet 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 two more recordings co-led with trumpeter and tour partner Clay Jenkins: “Range” and “Look At The Time.”
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, often touring several times a year. Kim served on the jazz faculty at the University of Southern California (USC) for 12 years where he taught ensembles, composition and saxophone. He more recently taught at California Institute of the Arts and Cal State Fullerton. He is a Selmer and Vandoren artist and a clinician/artist-in-residence at the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the University of Nebraska, Omaha. For many years he was a member of the faculty of the Centrum Summer Jazz Camp in Port Townsend, Washington. 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), held every April.
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.