Coming off its successful Grammy-nominated recording “Tribute” on the Artistry CD (MAMA Label), which featured the artistic spirit of Stan Kenton, The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra will make its downtown Los Angeles premiere at the Bluewhale Live Jazz Club located in Little Tokyo on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, performing two shows; 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra will debut three new major compositions by leader/composer Kim Richmond; Adjustments, Sleepless (a commission), and Twixt. These new works are blazing a new direction for the Orchestra by combining its style of symphonic orchestrations with the element of freedom with a “jazz state of mind.”
The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra was formed to provide a workshop for major concert works that include elements of both large ensemble jazz with free-swinging improvisation and symphonic colors and textures. This is truly an orchestra rather than simply a jazz band.
The expanded instrumentation which contributes to the symphonic nature of the orchestra includes five woodwinds playing saxophones, flutes, clarinets and double reeds (oboe, English horn and bassoon); four trumpets; two French horns; three tenor trombones, bass trombone and tuba; rhythm section of guitar, piano, bass, drums, mallet percussion and Latin percussion.
Artistry, the latest CD from The Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra was a tribute to legendary big band leader Stan Kenton and his Neophonic Orchestra combining the sounds of large ensemble jazz with symphonic colors and textures and free-swinging improvisation and paid homage to “Kentonesque” jazz and Latin-style compositions, the size and scope of the master’s kinetic orchestration, rightfully known to music historians as the original “Wall of Sound.”
Besides writing the bulk of the material, leader Kim Richmond is featured as jazz alto and soprano saxophone soloist as well as conductor.
Leader/Composer/Alto Saxophone: Kim Richmond
Woodwinds: Alex Budman, Bob Crosby, Gene Burkert, Sean Franz, Bob Carr
Trumpets: Jamey Hovorka, Ron King, Steve Huffsteter, Jonathan Dane
French Horns: John Dickson, Stephanie O’Keefe
Trombones: Scott Whitfield, Joey Sellers, Fred Simmons, Craig Gosnell
Tuba: Bill Roper
Guitar: Will Brahm
Piano: Scott Healy
Bass: David Hughes
Drums: Ralph Razze
Mallet Percussion: David Johnson
Hand Percussion: Scott Breadman
When: Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.; Two Shows
Where: Bluewhale Live Jazz Club
Weller Court Plaza, 3rd Floor
123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street, Suite 301, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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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 improvisation 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 USC (teaching combos, composition and saxophone), and does numerous jazz camps and clinics in the spring and summer every year. Kim is on staff at many of the Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps and is involved in running the Northwoods Jazz Camp/Jazz Party for grown-ups. He is currently teaching in the Jazz Department of California Institute of the Arts. Whatever his mode of expression, be it instrumental performance, composition, arranging and conducting, Kim 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 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.